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Generalized Coles’ law and outer layer conformal mapping

By Aldo Rona and Marco Grottadaurea


The final published version is available at, Doi: 10.1080/00221686.2010.512776.The time-averaged velocity profile of a turbulent boundary layer can be predicted by combining its different trends in the inner and outer regions in a single law of the wake. A new non-dimensional coordinate system that projects the time-averaged velocity profiles of the inner and the outer regions on the same non-dimensional plane is introduced, leading to a unified treatment for the mixing region. In this coordinate system, various laws of the wake are shown to be the same but a constant. The non-dimensionalization is tested on a specific law of the wake, in which the closure coefficients are regressed from wind tunnel measurements and direct numerical simulations of turbulent boundary layers under zero-pressure gradient, over a good range of boundary layer thickness based Reynolds numbers. This data fit produced profiles within 2% of the reference values. This is of practical use to numerical modellers for generating boundary layer inflow profiles

Topics: Boundary layer model, law of the wake, scaling law, turbulent boundary layer, wake parameter
Publisher: Taylor & Francis on behalf of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/00221686.2010.512776
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