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Break-away separation for high turbulence intensity and large Reynolds number

Scheichl, B; Kluwick, A; Smith, FT; (2011) Break-away separation for high turbulence intensity and large Reynolds number. J FLUID MECH , 670 260 - 300. 10.1017/S0022112010005306. Green open access

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Abstract

Massive flow separation from the surface of a plane bluff obstacle in an incompressible uniform stream is addressed theoretically for large values of the global Reynolds number Re. The analysis is motivated by a conclusion drawn from recent theoretical results which is corroborated by experimental findings but apparently contrasts with common reasoning: the attached boundary layer extending from the front stagnation point to the position of separation never attains a fully developed turbulent state, even for arbitrarily large Re. Consequently, the boundary layer exhibits a certain level of turbulence intensity that is linked with the separation process, governed by local viscous-inviscid interaction. Eventually, the latter mechanism is expected to be associated with rapid change of the separating shear layer towards a fully developed turbulent one. A self-consistent flow description in the vicinity of separation is derived, where the present study includes the predominantly turbulent region. We establish a criterion that acts to select the position of separation. The basic analysis here, which appears physically feasible and rational, is carried out without needing to resort to a specific turbulence closure.

Type: Article
Title: Break-away separation for high turbulence intensity and large Reynolds number
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0022112010005306
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022112010005306
Language: English
Additional information: © 2011 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: boundary layer separation, boundary layers, turbulent flows, BOUNDARY-LAYER, BLUFF-BODY, ASYMPTOTIC THEORY, LAMINAR-FLOW, TRAILING-EDGE, BODIES, WAKES
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1299360
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