Experimental characterization of smooth body flow separation topography and topology on a two-dimensional geometry of finite span

D. J. Simmons, F. O. Thomas, T. C. Corke, F. Hussain

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Abstract

A smooth body, adverse pressure gradient (APG), turbulent boundary layer (TBL) separation is experimentally studied. The geometry features canonical TBL development prior to encountering a smooth, two-dimensional convex ramp geometry of finite span onto which a streamwise APG that is fully adjustable is imposed. Both large-and small-scale separations are studied, and all data are archived on the NASA Turbulence Modeling Resource website. This paper describes the large-scale separation case with focus on the surface topography and topology of both separation and reattachment. Despite the spanwise uniform approach TBL and ramp geometry, the separation is highly three-dimensional but the reattachment is spanwise uniform. The surface flow topology is characterized by the 'owl-face pattern of the fourth kind'-found to be highly repeatable over multiple experiments. This ubiquitous topology has been reported for a variety of flows including inclined bodies of revolution. It is demonstrated that the APG and the secondary flow associated with the sidewall-ramp juncture is responsible for the formation of the surface separation patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA42
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume944
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 2022

Keywords

  • boundary layer separation
  • turbulent boundary layers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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