Laser-Doppler velocimetry is employed to measure the periodic field created by releasing spanwise vortices in a turbulent boundary layer. Phase-averaged vorticity and turbulence level contours are estimated and presented. It is found that vortices with diameter of the order of the boundary layer quickly diffuse and disappear while their turbulent kinetic energy spreads uniformly across the entire boundary layer. Larger vortices have a considerably longer life span and in turn feed more vorticity into the boundary layer.
The Interaction of Rolling Vortices With a Turbulent Boundary Layer
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Donnelly, M. J., Rediniotis, O. K., Ragab, S. A., and Telionis, D. P. (December 1, 1995). "The Interaction of Rolling Vortices With a Turbulent Boundary Layer." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. December 1995; 117(4): 564–570. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2817302
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