Characterization of turbulent flow in a flume with surfactant

Roi Gurka, Alex Liberzon, Gad Hetsroni*

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The influence of the nonionic, biodegradable, nontoxic surfactants on the turbulent flow in a flume was investigated by means of particle image velocimetry (PIV). The investigation of drag reducing effect of a surfactant additive from the alkyl polyglycosides family was discussed. The influence of the surfactant solution on the turbulent flow and its structure was presented by means of the correlation and the probability density functions. The analysis of the fluctuating velocity and its distribution suggested that the fluctuations in the drag reducing flow are decreased. The surfactant reduces the momentum transfer and the kinetic energy production, in addition to the decorrelation between the velocity fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054-1057
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


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