The formation mechanism of streamwise vortices in the near field of the three-dimensional wall jet discharging from a circular nozzle along a flat plate is studied experimentally using a conditional sampling technique. Ensemble-averages of the lateral velocity component indicate the presence of large-scale horseshoe-like structures, whose legs are inclined and stretched to form the streamwise vortices in the mixing region of the jet. Based on the present result, a coherent structure model for the near field of the wall jet is proposed.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.