Generalized detection of a turbulent front generated by an oscillating grid

Markus Holzner*, Alexander Liberzon, Michele Guala, Arkady Tsinober, Wolfgang Kinzelbach

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This report presents experimental results on the propagation of a turbulent front induced by an oscillating grid starting from rest. The purpose of this preliminary investigation is to implement and validate detection methods of the turbulent/non-turbulent interface, which are based on flow measurements (velocity and vorticity) and scalar intensity, for oscillating grid turbulence. This is done using particle image velocimetry (PIV) and fluorescent dye visualization, separately. The results of both techniques describe the spreading of the turbulent front, confirming the known dependency of the front location, H, on time, t. It is demonstrated, that the level-based detection of a turbulent front can be applied to an unsteady flow, such as grid turbulence advancing into a fluid at rest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-719
Number of pages9
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2006


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