On the pairing process in an excited plane turbulent mixing layer

I. Weisbrot, I. Wygnanski

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The flow field in a plane, turbulent mixing layer disturbed by a small oscillating flap was investigated. Three experiments were carried out: one in which the flap oscillated sinusoidally at a single frequency: a second in which the flap oscillated at two frequencies, a fundamental and a subharmonic, but the ensuing motion was dominated by the fundamental perturbation; and a third in which the amplitude of the subharmonic perturbation was increased until a distortion in the mean flow was noticeable. Two velocity components were measured at all phase angles relative to the subharmonic oscillation of the flap at densely spaced intervals. The data were used to map the phase-locked spanwise vorticity component and the phase-locked streakline patterns for the purpose of assessing the relevance of the latter to the understanding of the dynamical process involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-173
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Oct 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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