Particle Tracking Velocimetry in Transitional Plane Couette Flow

B. Lüthi, B. Holzner, M. Kinzel, A. Liberzon, A. Tsinober

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Plane Couette flow has the peculiar property that transition to turbulence occurs despite the fact that its laminar profile is linearly stable. For high enough Reynolds numbers small amplitude perturbations are enough to initiate the growth of turbulent spots. Such spots have been subject to investigation for a few decades, see e.g. [1, 2]. In addition, it has been observed that around transitional Reynolds numbers laminar and turbulent regions can co-exist if this Reynolds number is approached from the turbulent side, e.g., [3, 4]. For both cases, distinct interfaces divide the regimes between turbulent and non turbulent flow. It is our main interest to study the evolution of such interfaces similar to the work of [5] where the shear free case with inhomogeneous forcing by an oscillating grid has been investigated in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Turbulence XII - Proceedings of the 12th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference, 2009
EditorsBruno Eckhardt
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783642030840
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event12th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference, ETC12 2009 - Marburg, Germany
Duration: 7 Sep 200910 Sep 2009

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Physics
ISSN (Print)0930-8989
ISSN (Electronic)1867-4941


Conference12th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference, ETC12 2009


  • Couette Flow
  • Direct Numerical Simulation
  • Particle Tracking Velocimetry
  • Pressure Loss
  • Turbulent Region


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