The Effect of Near-Wall Vortices on Wall Shear Stress in Turbulent Boundary Layers
Shuangxi Guo, Wanping Li
DOI: 10.4236/eng.2010.23027   PDF    HTML     7,148 Downloads   12,414 Views   Citations


The objective of the present study is to explore the relation between the near-wall vortices and the shear stress on the wall in two-dimensional channel flows. A direct numerical simulation of an incompressible two-dimensional turbulent channel flow is performed with spectral method and the results are used to examine the relation between wall shear stress and near-wall vortices. The two-point correlation results indicate that the wall shear stress is associated with the vortices near the wall and the maximum correlation-value location of the near-wall vortices is obtained. The analysis of the instantaneous diagrams of fluctuation velocity vectors provides a further expression for the above conclusions. The results of this research provide a useful supplement for the control of turbulent boundary layers.

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S. Guo and W. Li, "The Effect of Near-Wall Vortices on Wall Shear Stress in Turbulent Boundary Layers," Engineering, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2010, pp. 190-196. doi: 10.4236/eng.2010.23027.

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