Large-scale structures in a forced turbulent mixing layer

M. Gaster, E. Kit, I. Wygnanski

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The large-scale structures that occur in a forced turbulent mixing layer at moderately high Reynolds numbers have been modelled by linear inviscid stability theory incorporating first-order corrections for slow spatial variations of the mean flow. The perturbation stream function for a spatially growing time-periodic travelling wave has been numerically evaluated for the measured linearly diverging mean flow. In an accompanying experiment periodic oscillations were imposed on the turbulent mixing layer by the motion of a small flap at the trailing edge of the splitter plate that separated the two uniform streams of different velocity. The results of the numerical computations are compared with experimental measurements. When the comparison between experimental data and the computational model was made on a purely local basis, agreement in both the amplitude and phase distribution across the mixing layer was excellent. Comparisons on a global scale revealed, not unexpectedly, less good accuracy in predicting the overall amplification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Jan 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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