Laminarization and Reversion to Turbulence of Low Reynolds Number Flow Through a Converging to Constant Area Duct

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Hiroaki Tanaka, Hirotaka Yabuki

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113 Japan

J. Fluids Eng 108(3), 325-330 (Sep 01, 1986) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3242581 History: Received October 10, 1984; Online October 26, 2009


Airflow in fully developed turbulent state between two parallel plates was accelerated through a linearly converging section, and then it flowed into a parallel-plate channel again. The Reynolds number 2hu m /ν was 10,000 and the acceleration parameter K in the accelerating section was 8 × 10−6 . Fluctuations of streamwise velocity as well as time-mean velocity profiles were measured at ten traversing stations located along the test channel by a hot-wire anemometer. It was found that the flow, partly laminarized in the accelerating section, continued to laminarize in the first part of the downstream parallel-plate section and then the reversion to turbulence occurred in the way similar to the case of natural transition in a pipe, where the transition proceeds through a regime of the so-called turbulent slug flow.

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