Large-scale control strategy for drag reduction in turbulent channel flows

Jie Yao, Xi Chen, Flint Thomas, Fazle Hussain

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In a recent article, Canton et al. [J. Canton, Phys. Rev. Fluids 1, 081501(R) (2016)2469-990X10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.081501] reported significant drag reduction in turbulent channel flow by using large-scale, near-wall streamwise swirls following the control strategy of Schoppa and Hussain [W. Schoppa and F. Hussain, Phys. Fluids 10, 1049 (1998)PHFLE61070-663110.1063/1.869789] for low Reynolds numbers only, but found no drag reduction at high friction Reynolds numbers (Reτ=550). Here we show that the lack of drag reduction at high Re observed by Canton et al. is remedied by the proper choice of the large-scale control flow. In this study, we apply near-wall opposed wall-jet forcing to achieve drag reduction at the same (high) Reynolds number where Canton et al. found no drag reduction. The steady excitation is characterized by three control parameters, namely, the wall-jet-forcing amplitude A+, the spanwise spacing Λ+, and the wall jet height yc+ (+ indicates viscous scaling); the primary difference between Schoppa and Hussain's work (also that of Canton et al.) and this Rapid Communication is the emphasis on the explicit choice of yc+ here. We show as an example that with a choice of A+≈0.015,Λ+≈1200, and yc+≈30 the flow control definitely suppresses the wall shear stress at a series of Reynolds numbers, namely, 19%,14%, and 12% drag reductions at Reτ=180, 395, and 550, respectively. Further study should explore optimization of these parameter values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number062601
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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