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Journal Cover   Experiments in Fluids
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  • A detailed procedure for measuring turbulent velocity fluctuations using
           constant-voltage anemometry
    • Abstract: Abstract A detailed procedure to use a constant-voltage anemometer (CVA) for the accurate measurement of turbulent flows is proposed. The procedure is based on the usual small-perturbation analysis of hot-wire signals. It consists in three steps: (1) the calibration of internal elements, required to estimate the two main electrical parameters of the CVA circuitry that are needed in the data analysis, (2) a flow calibration to relate the CVA output voltage and the hot-wire time constant to the flow velocity, and (3) a data-processing algorithm to recover the fluctuating flow quantities from the output voltage. The procedure is tested in two classical turbulent flows: a zero-pressure-gradient boundary layer and a round jet. In both cases, the CVA results are shown to be essentially indistinguishable from the results obtained with a research-grade constant-temperature anemometer.
      PubDate: 2015-08-28
  • An experimental investigation on the surface water transport process over
           an airfoil by using a digital image projection technique
    • Abstract: Abstract In the present study, an experimental investigation was conducted to characterize the transient behavior of the surface water film and rivulet flows driven by boundary layer airflows over a NACA0012 airfoil in order to elucidate underlying physics of the important micro-physical processes pertinent to aircraft icing phenomena. A digital image projection (DIP) technique was developed to quantitatively measure the film thickness distribution of the surface water film/rivulet flows over the airfoil at different test conditions. The time-resolved DIP measurements reveal that micro-sized water droplets carried by the oncoming airflow impinged onto the airfoil surface, mainly in the region near the airfoil leading edge. After impingement, the water droplets formed thin water film that runs back over the airfoil surface, driven by the boundary layer airflow. As the water film advanced downstream, the contact line was found to bugle locally and developed into isolated water rivulets further downstream. The front lobes of the rivulets quickly advanced along the airfoil and then shed from the airfoil trailing edge, resulting in isolated water transport channels over the airfoil surface. The water channels were responsible for transporting the water mass impinging at the airfoil leading edge. Additionally, the transition location of the surface water transport process from film flows to rivulet flows was found to occur further upstream with increasing velocity of the oncoming airflow. The thickness of the water film/rivulet flows was found to increase monotonically with the increasing distance away from the airfoil leading edge. The runback velocity of the water rivulets was found to increase rapidly with the increasing airflow velocity, while the rivulet width and the gap between the neighboring rivulets decreased as the airflow velocity increased.
      PubDate: 2015-08-26
  • Dynamic pitching effect on a laminar separation bubble
    • Abstract: Abstract The unsteady effect of a periodic pitching motion on the characteristic of a laminar separation bubble on the suction side of a SD7003 aerofoil is investigated by means of time-resolved planar and tomographic particle image velocimetry. The measurements provide information on the separation, transition and vortex roll-up onset as well as the spanwise distribution of vortical structures, for both the dynamic pitching between 4° and 8° and corresponding cases at a static pitch angle. During pitching, a clear hysteresis behaviour is observed for the vortex roll-up position and shedding frequency, showing a strongly delayed recovery of the shear layer with respect to the steady aerofoil case. The development of the shear layer transition exhibits initially 2D Kelvin–Helmholtz rollers that are interrupted, forming Λ-shaped rollers, which eventually evolve into 3D arch-shaped hairpin structures. The 3D analysis of undulated rollers allowed the determination of the rollers streamwise spatial separation for both static and pitching aerofoil cases .
      PubDate: 2015-08-19
  • Measurement of the wall pressure and shear stress distribution using
           molecular tagging diagnostics
    • Abstract: Abstract A new non-intrusive surface pressure and shear stress diagnostics technique is introduced in the present work. The technique is enabled by the unique ability of one-component molecular tagging velocimetry (1c-MTV) to provide measurements at very high spatial resolution (at every pixel along a tagged line of molecules) in the immediate proximity of surfaces. The utility of the new method to provide accurate measurements of the wall pressure and shear stress is demonstrated in an experiment involving a cylinder in cross flow at a Reynolds number of 6000. These measurements agree very well with experimental and computational data published in literature. The new technique is particularly advantageous in situations where embedding sensor arrays in the wall is impractical or cost/time prohibitive.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13
  • Flow analysis from PIV in engraved champagne tasting glasses: flute versus
    • Abstract: Abstract Glass shape, and especially its open aperture, is suspected to play an important role as concerns the kinetics of CO2 and flavor release during champagne tasting. In recent years, much interest has been devoted to depict each and every parameter involved in the release of gaseous CO2 from glasses poured with champagne. One cannot understand the bubbling and aromatic exhalation events in champagne tasting, however, without studying the flow-mixing mechanisms inside the glass. Indeed, a key assumption is that a causal link may exist between flow structures created in the wine due to bubble motion and the process of CO2 release and flavor exhalation. In the present work, two quite emblematic types of champagne drinking vessels are studied. The particle image velocimetry technique has been used in order to reveal the velocity field of the liquid due to the ascending bubble-driven flow for both glasses poured with champagne. The contribution of glass shape on the flow patterns and CO2 release in both glasses are discussed by the use of experimental results. The results show that the continuous flow of ascending bubbles strongly modifies the mixing and convection conditions of the surrounding liquid medium whose behavior is strongly glass shape dependent.
      PubDate: 2015-08-12
  • Comparison between velocity- and vorticity-based POD methods in a
           turbulent wake
    • Abstract: Abstract In this paper, the velocity-based POD and the vorticity-based POD have been systematically compared in three characteristic regions of the flow downstream of a two-dimensional circular cylinder, namely the near, intermediate and far wakes. The two-point space correlation function is used to determine which of the two methods is better suited for extracting the large-scale flow structures based on the repartition of energy among the different POD modes. It is found that the POD, based on the lateral velocity fluctuation v, leads to the most optimum extraction in all three flow regions, while the vorticity-based POD is only effective in the near and intermediate wakes. Based on two-point space correlation functions, a scenario is proposed for the application of POD to the present two-dimensional wake .
      PubDate: 2015-08-11
  • The effects of initial conditions and circulation deposition on the
           inclined-interface reshocked Richtmyer–Meshkov instability
    • Abstract: Abstract An experimental study of a twice-accelerated Richtmyer–Meshkov instability, where reshock provides the second acceleration, focusing on the effects of initial conditions and circulation deposition is presented. Experiments were performed using the inclined shock tube facility at the Shock Tube and Advanced Mixing Laboratory. Three experimental cases are presented that have the same Atwood number, inclination angle, and Mach number, but are differentiated by their pre-reshock development time. Both Mie scattering and particle image velocimetry diagnostics were implemented. Velocity statistics were ensemble-averaged over instantaneous realizations for each case before and after reshock. Results show that while the mix width decreases after reshock, the interface length continues to increase because the reshock wave amplifies small-scale perturbations on the pre-reshock interface, resulting in greater mixing. A more developed interface also experiences greater circulation deposition after reshock. After reshock, the sign of the vorticity near the interface reverses due to a second application of baroclinic torque by the reshock wave. Velocity statistics showed that the cross-correlation ( \(\overline{u'v'}\) ) is nonzero over much of the mixing layer, which indicates that shear and anisotropy are present. Turbulent kinetic energy spectra for the most developed case after reshock exhibited a \(k^{-5/3}\) inertial range.
      PubDate: 2015-08-11
  • Effect of non-Newtonian viscosity on the fluid-dynamic characteristics in
           stenotic vessels
    • Abstract: Abstract Although blood is known to have shear-thinning and viscoelastic properties, the effects of such properties on the hemodynamic characteristics in various vascular environments are not fully understood yet. For a quantitative hemodynamic analysis, the refractive index of a transparent blood analogue needs to be matched with that of the flowing conduit in order to minimize the errors according to the distortion of the light. In this study, three refractive index-matched blood analogue fluids with different viscosities are prepared—one Newtonian and two non-Newtonian analogues—which correspond to healthy blood with 45 % hematocrit (i.e., normal non-Newtonian) and obese blood with higher viscosity (i.e., abnormal non-Newtonian). The effects of the non-Newtonian rheological properties of the blood analogues on the hemodynamic characteristics in the post-stenosis region of an axisymmetric stenosis model are experimentally investigated using particle image velocimetry velocity field measurement technique and pathline flow visualization. As a result, the centerline jet flow from the stenosis apex is suppressed by the shear-thinning feature of the blood analogues when the Reynolds number is smaller than 500. The lengths of the recirculation zone for abnormal and normal non-Newtonian blood analogues are 3.67 and 1.72 times shorter than that for the Newtonian analogue at Reynolds numbers smaller than 200. The Reynolds number of the transition from laminar to turbulent flow for all blood analogues increases as the shear-thinning feature increases, and the maximum wall shear stresses in non-Newtonian fluids are five times greater than those in Newtonian fluids. However, the shear-thinning effect on the hemodynamic characteristics is not significant at Reynolds numbers higher than 1000. The findings of this study on refractive index-matched non-Newtonian blood analogues can be utilized in other in vitro experiments, where non-Newtonian features dominantly affect the flow characteristics.
      PubDate: 2015-08-08
  • Comparison between optical flow and cross-correlation methods for
           extraction of velocity fields from particle images
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper presents direct comparisons between the physics-based optical flow and well-established cross-correlation methods for extraction of velocity fields from particle images. The accuracy and limitations of the optical flow method applied to particle image velocimetry are critically evaluated. After a brief review of the optical flow method, we discuss in detail the error estimates, relevant parameters to the accuracy of optical flow computation, and mathematical connection between the optical flow and the particle velocity. Quantitative evaluations of both the optical flow and correlation methods are made through simulations and physical flow measurements.
      PubDate: 2015-08-06
  • Influence of localized unsteady ejection on the scaling laws and
           intermittency in a turbulent boundary layer flow
    • Abstract: Abstract The effects of localized unsteady ejection by synthetic jet with slot-type exit on a turbulent boundary layer at zero pressure gradient conditions were investigated downstream of the slot using hot-wire anemometry. This work is to investigate the influence of unsteady disturbance on turbulent structures at small scales, i.e., in the isotropy recovery range (IRR) and the shear-dominated range (SDR). In the near-slot region, our results show that IRR is extended and SDR is shortened for the perturbed flow in the near-wall region, which contributes to the decrease in anisotropy and intermittency. For the perturbed flow, only one scaling behavior of the longitudinal structure functions similar to the classical Kolmogorov-like scaling is observed in IRR.
      PubDate: 2015-08-05
  • On the accuracy of dynamic mode decomposition in estimating instability of
           wave packet
    • Abstract: Abstract Lots of unstable flows in both nature and engineering pose multi-scale perturbations with infinitesimal initial amplitude, which compete and interact with each other during their unstable evolution. Dynamic mode decomposition (DMD) analysis can be used to extract these components’ temporal/spatial growth rate. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the accuracy performance and confidence limit of DMD algorithm in the circumstance of multi-scale instability wave packet. In the present study, we use a linear combination of a sinusoidal unstable wave and its high-order harmonics as a prototype, based on which an error analysis of DMD algorithm is taken. In first, different numerical algorithms of DMD analysis are compared in terms of both accuracy and efficiency. The accuracy evaluation of the classical DMD algorithm in a large parameter domain is followed. It is found that the superimposition of finer structures with less energy dominance might damage the estimation accuracy of the primary structures’ growth rate. Strong evidences suggest that even in a linear circumstance, resolving the dynamics of small-scale structures is comparably more difficult than that of the primary structures, i.e., DMD algorithm has a preference for structures with energetic dominance. Finally, the recommended thresholds for the sampling/discretizing parameters are summarized for practical usage.
      PubDate: 2015-08-04
  • Cross-sectional imaging of refractive-index-matched liquid-granular flows
    • Abstract: Abstract In channelized liquid-granular flows, the liquid velocity, granular velocity and solid fraction all vary over transverse cross sections. A major experimental challenge is then to acquire internal measurements of these three fields. One useful first step, achievable using various materials, is to make the medium transparent by matching the refractive indexes of the liquid and granular phases. Taking full advantage of this optical access, however, requires the development of new imaging methods. In this paper, we propose a new approach applicable to steady uniform flows and spherical immersed grains. The approach combines laser scans in the transverse and longitudinal directions. Using the transverse scans, liquid and granular motions in the laser plane can be captured by particle-tracking velocimetry. The longitudinal scans, on the other hand, allow granular positions and velocities to be deduced from individual grain crossing events. These occur when flowing grains move across the laser plane and when the laser plane sweeps across stationary grains. The approach therefore applies to flows over erodible beds featuring both moving and stationary grains. Using suitable algorithms, we show how to process these scans to map granular velocity, liquid velocity and granular concentration over the entire flow cross section, at resolutions finer than the grain diameter by a factor of 10.
      PubDate: 2015-08-01
  • Near-wall measurements of the bubble- and Lorentz-force-driven convection
           at gas-evolving electrodes
    • Abstract: Abstract Chemical energy storage systems, e.g., in the form of hydrogen or methanol, have a great potential for the establishment of volatile renewable energy sources due to the large energy density. The efficiency of hydrogen production through water electrolysis is, however, limited by gas bubbles evolving at the electrode’s surface and can be enhanced by an accelerated bubble detachment. In order to characterize the complex multi-phase flow near the electrode, simultaneous measurements of the fluid velocities and the size and trajectories of hydrogen bubbles were performed in a water electrolyzer. The liquid phase velocity was measured by PIV/PTV, while shadowgraphy was used to determine the bubble trajectories. Special measurement and evaluation techniques had to be applied as the measurement uncertainty is strongly affected by the high void fraction close to the wall. In particular, the application of an advanced PTV scheme allowed for more precise fluid velocity measurements closer to electrode. Based on these data, stability characteristics of the near-wall flow were evaluated and compared to that of a wall jet. PTV was used as well to investigate the effect of Lorentz forces on the near-wall fluid velocities. The results show a significantly increased wall parallel liquid phase velocity with increasing Lorentz forces. It is presumed that this enhances the detachment of hydrogen bubbles from the electrode surface and, consequently, decreases the fractional bubble coverage and improves the efficiency. In addition, the effect of large rising bubbles with path oscillations on the near-wall flow was investigated. These bubbles can have a strong impact on the mass transfer near the electrode and thus affect the performance of the process.
      PubDate: 2015-08-01
  • Fluidic energy harvesting beams in grid turbulence
    • Abstract: Abstract Much of the recent research involving fluidic energy harvesters based on piezoelectricity has focused on excitation through vortex-induced vibration while turbulence-induced excitation has attracted very little attention, and virtually no previous work exists on excitation due to grid-generated turbulence. The present experiments involve placing several piezoelectric cantilever beams of various dimensions and properties in flows where turbulence is generated by passive, active, or semi-passive grids, the latter having a novel design that significantly improves turbulence generation compared to the passive grid and is much less complex than the active grid. We experimentally show for the first time that the average power harvested by a piezoelectric cantilever beam placed in decaying isotropic, homogeneous turbulence depends on mean velocity, velocity and length scales of turbulence as well as the electromechanical properties of the beam. The output power can be modeled as a power law with respect to the distance of the beam from the grid. Furthermore, we show that the rate of decay of this power law closely follows the rate of decay of the turbulent kinetic energy. We also introduce a forcing function used to model approximately the turbulent eddies moving over the cantilever beam and observe that the feedback from the beam motion onto the flow is virtually negligible for most of the cases considered, indicating an effectively one-way interaction for small-velocity fluctuations.
      PubDate: 2015-07-31
  • Vorticity transport and the leading-edge vortex of a plunging airfoil
    • Abstract: Abstract The three-dimensional flow field was experimentally characterized for a nominally two-dimensional flat-plate airfoil plunging at large amplitude and reduced frequencies, using three-dimensional reconstructions of planar PIV data at a chord-based Reynolds number of 10,000. Time-resolved, instantaneous PIV measurements reveal that secondary vorticity, of opposite sign to the primary vortex, is intermittently entrained into the leading-edge vortex (LEV) throughout the downstroke, with the rate of entrainment increasing toward the end of the stroke when the leading-edge shear layer weakens. A planar vorticity transport analysis around the LEV indicated that, during the downstroke, the surface vorticity flux due to the pressure gradient is consistently about half that due to the leading-edge shear layer for all parameter values investigated, demonstrating that production and entrainment of secondary vorticity is an important mechanism regulating LEV strength. A small but non-negligible vorticity source was also attributed to spanwise flow toward the end of the downstroke. Aggregate vortex tilting is notably more significant for higher plunge frequencies, suggesting that the vortex core is more three-dimensional.
      PubDate: 2015-07-26
  • On the calculation of boundary-layer parameters from discrete data
    • Abstract: Abstract An investigation of the errors inherent in the calculation of integral boundary-layer parameters from discrete datasets has been carried out. The primary errors examined were those due to discretization of the velocity profile, distance of the first data location from the wall, and uncertainty in the floor location. A range of turbulent velocity profiles with different shape factors from analytical models and published DNS investigations has been examined. This analysis demonstrates that the spacing of the first measurement point from the floor is by far the most critical error source. Furthermore, the error is shown to be a function of boundary-layer shape factor, and therefore, a correction factor chart has been derived. Two alternative methods of estimating integral boundary-layer parameters have been examined: wall modeling and a gradient-based formulation. These have both been shown to generate smaller errors than the basic integration approach, although both are susceptible to external influences.
      PubDate: 2015-07-25
  • A rapidly settled closed-loop control for airfoil aerodynamics based on
           plasma actuation
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper presents an experimental investigation on the response of the slope seeking with extended Kalman filter (EKF) deployed in a closed-loop system for airfoil aerodynamics control. A novel dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuator was used to manipulate the flow around the NACA 0015 airfoil. Experiments were performed under different freestream velocities U ∞, covering the chord Reynolds number Re from 4.4 × 104 to 7.7 × 104. Firstly, the advantages of applying this DBD plasma actuator (hereafter called sawtooth plasma actuator) on the airfoil were examined in an open-loop system at Re = 7.7 × 104. The sawtooth plasma actuator led to a delay in the stall angle α stall by 5° and an increase in the maximum lift coefficient \(C_{{{\text{L}}_{ \text{max} } }}\) by about 9 %. On the other hand, at the same input power, the traditional DBD plasma actuator managed a delay in α stall by only 3° and an increase in \(C_{{{\text{L}}_{ \text{max} } }}\) by about 3 %. Secondly, the convergence time t c of the lift force F L at Re from 4.4 × 104 to 7.7 × 104 was investigated for two closed-loop systems. It has been demonstrated that the t c was about 70 % less under the slope seeking with EKF than that under the conventional slope seeking with high-pass (HP) and low-pass (LP) filters at Re = 7.7 × 104. The reduction in t c was also observed at a different Re. Finally, the slope seeking with EKF showed excellent robustness over a moderate Re range; that is, the voltage amplitude determined by the control algorithm promptly responded to a change in Re, much faster than that of the conventional slope seeking with HP and LP filters.
      PubDate: 2015-07-24
  • Dynamic stall on a pitching and surging airfoil
    • Abstract: Abstract Vertical axis wind turbine blades undergo dynamic stall due to the large angle of attack variation they experience during a turbine rotation. The flow over a single blade was modeled using a sinusoidally pitching and surging airfoil in a non-rotating frame with a constant freestream flow at a mean chord Reynolds number of \({10^5}\) . Two-dimensional, time-resolved velocity fields were acquired using particle image velocimetry. Vorticity contours were used to visualize shear layer and vortex activity. A low-order model of dynamic stall was developed using dynamic mode decomposition, from which primary and secondary dynamic separation modes were identified. The interaction between these two modes was able to capture the physics of dynamic stall and as such can be extended to other turbine configurations and problems in unsteady aerodynamics. Results from the linear pitch/surge frame are extrapolated to the rotating VAWT frame to investigate the behavior of identified flow structures.
      PubDate: 2015-07-23
  • Unsteady flow separation in a turbine diffuser
    • Abstract: Abstract A three-dimensional unsteady flow separation in the straight diffuser of a model bulb turbine is investigated with planar two-component PIV measurements near the wall. The turbine is operated in two selected conditions that give rise to separation zones of different size and shape. The blockage effect induced by separation leads to a sudden drop in turbine efficiency and power extraction. The separation front fluctuates significantly both in location and in shape with no periodicity. From conditionally averaged results, it is deduced that the mean separation front is tilted azimuthally and that the mean separation skin friction line is composed of a saddle point on the diffuser side with one of its branches running along the diffuser bottom. Vortices and separation front critical points are analysed with POD-reconstructed instantaneous velocity fields. Separation surface vortices are generally bigger and stronger than turbulent vortices within or outside the separation zone, which suggests that different roll-up mechanisms are involved. The separation surface is irregular and is populated near the wall by a succession of foci and saddle points.
      PubDate: 2015-07-21
  • Erratum to: Dynamic hysteresis control of lift on a pitching wing
    • PubDate: 2015-07-17
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