TY - JOUR

T1 - Zero crossings of velocity fluctuations in turbulent boundary layers

AU - Kailasnath, P.

AU - Sreenivasan, K. R.

PY - 1992

Y1 - 1992

N2 - In this paper some results are presented on the statistical properties of zero crossings of turbulent velocity fluctuations in boundary layers over a wide range of Reynolds numbers. The earlier Unding that the probability density function (pdf) of the intervals between successive zero crossings of the streamwise velocity fluctuation u can be approximated by two exponentials, each with its own characteristic scale, is confirmed. The cross-stream variation of these characteristic scales is investigated. One of these scales, corresponding to the large zero-crossing intervals, is independent of the Reynolds number, while the other for the viscous-dominated small-scale crossings varies with as Rλ-1/2, where Rλ is the Reynolds number based on the Taylor microscale, λ. The pdf's for the normal velocity component v and the fluctuating part of the Reynolds stress uv are essentially exponential over the whole range of zero-crossing scales, and each possesses just one characteristic scale. The mean and the standard deviation of the zero-crossing scales of u and v, when normalized by their respective Taylor microscales, are roughly unity and essentially independent of the cross-stream position. Similar data are also presented for the Reynolds stress fluctuations. A brief discussion of the results as well as an example of the application of the zero-crossing pdf are given.

AB - In this paper some results are presented on the statistical properties of zero crossings of turbulent velocity fluctuations in boundary layers over a wide range of Reynolds numbers. The earlier Unding that the probability density function (pdf) of the intervals between successive zero crossings of the streamwise velocity fluctuation u can be approximated by two exponentials, each with its own characteristic scale, is confirmed. The cross-stream variation of these characteristic scales is investigated. One of these scales, corresponding to the large zero-crossing intervals, is independent of the Reynolds number, while the other for the viscous-dominated small-scale crossings varies with as Rλ-1/2, where Rλ is the Reynolds number based on the Taylor microscale, λ. The pdf's for the normal velocity component v and the fluctuating part of the Reynolds stress uv are essentially exponential over the whole range of zero-crossing scales, and each possesses just one characteristic scale. The mean and the standard deviation of the zero-crossing scales of u and v, when normalized by their respective Taylor microscales, are roughly unity and essentially independent of the cross-stream position. Similar data are also presented for the Reynolds stress fluctuations. A brief discussion of the results as well as an example of the application of the zero-crossing pdf are given.

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U2 - 10.1063/1.858697

DO - 10.1063/1.858697

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0027396822

VL - 5

SP - 2879

EP - 2885

JO - Physics of fluids. A, Fluid dynamics

JF - Physics of fluids. A, Fluid dynamics

SN - 0899-8213

IS - 11

ER -