The Structure of Turbulent Plane Couette Flow

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M. M. M. El Telbany, A. J. Reynolds

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England

J. Fluids Eng 104(3), 367-372 (Sep 01, 1982) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3241853 History: Received October 03, 1980; Online October 26, 2009


Measurements of time-mean velocity, of longitudinal, normal and lateral velocity fluctuation intensities (u′ , v′ , w′ ) and of shear stress have been made for four cases of pure shear flow in a flat channel, one of whose walls is stationary while the second moves. Both walls are effectively smooth. General expressions for the mean velocity profile and a prediction of the friction coefficient are developed. Comparisons of the experimental results with existing data are made. The profiles of v′ , w′ , turbulence kinetic energy and production of turbulence energy across the channel are the first to be published.

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