On the Correlation of Analytical and Experimental Free Shear Layer Similarity Profiles by Spread Rate Parameters

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H. H. Korst

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.

W. L. Chow

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.

J. Basic Eng 93(3), 377-382 (Sep 01, 1971) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3425259 History: Received July 30, 1970; Online October 27, 2010


Analysis of turbulent isobaric free jet mixing normally requires the introduction of suitably formulated viscosity models. Similarity solutions can then be established which contain one empirical parameter. Such a parameter, however, not only describes the rate of spread of the mixing region, but also determines in detail the structure of the entire flow field. It is pointed out that this “spread rate parameter” σ depends on the selected viscosity model, the method of theoretical analysis, and the definition of profile matching. A comparison of different theoretical profiles can only be accomplished after these factors are properly recognized. Any attempts to contribute to the rather incomplete knowledge of the spread parameter must be cognizant of its dependence on the theoretical mixing model employed. This paper also establishes theoretical relations which allow comparison and consolidation of information based on different analytical concepts.

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