Inflow length and tripping effects in turbulent boundary layers

Authors: Örlü, R., Schlatter, P.
Document Type: Conference
Pubstate: Published
Journal: J. Phys.: Conf. Ser.
Volume: 318   022018
Year: 2011


A recent assessment of available direct numerical simulation (DNS) data from turbulent boundary layer flows [Schlatter & Örlü, J. Fluid Mech. 659, 116 (2010)] showed surprisingly large differences not only in the skin friction coefficient or shape factor, but also in their predictions of mean and fluctuation profiles far into the sublayer. For the present paper the DNS of a zero pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layer flow by Schlatter et al. [Phys. Fluids 21, 051702 (2009)] serving as the baseline simulation, was re-simulated, however with physically different inflow conditions and tripping effects. The downstream evolution of integral and global quantities as well as mean and fluctuation profiles are presented and results indicate that different inflow conditions and tripping effects explain most of the differences observed when comparing available DNS. It is also found, that if transition is initiated at a low enough Reynolds number (based on the momentum-loss thickness) Re_theta<300, all data agree well for both inner and outer layer for Re_theta>2000; a result that gives a lower limit for meaningful comparisons between numerical and/or wind tunnel experiments.