Search for Large-Scale Coherent Structures in the Nearly Self-Preserving Region of a Turbulent Axisymmetric Jet

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J. Tso, L. S. G. Kovasznay, A. K. M. F. Hussain

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77004

J. Fluids Eng 103(4), 503-508 (Dec 01, 1981) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3241759 History: Received October 02, 1980; Online October 26, 2009


In an attempt to explore the existence of large-scale coherent structures in the nearly self-preserving region of an axisymmetric free air jet, a 2.54 cm air jet at a Reynolds number ReD = 6.8 × 104 has been investigated for x/D≥40 via both long and short time-averaged space-time correlation measurements. Conventional space-time correlation data with probe separations in the stream wise direction by as much as 25 diameters suggest the passage of large-scale organized structures. The radial extent of these structures is about one local jet diameter, and the azimuthal extent is about a quadrant of the cross-section. Recurring quasi-periodic patterns are observed in the time series of short time-averaged correlations between longitudinal velocity fluctuations obtained with two arrays of hot-wires separated in the streamwise direction. These orderly patterns provide direct evidence for the existence of these structures. Quantitative details of these structures are now being investigated.

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