A new way to describe the transition characteristics of a rotating-disk boundary-layer flow

Authors: Imayama, S.I., Alfredsson, P.H., Lingwood, R. J.
Document Type: Article
Pubstate: Published
Journal: Phys. Fluids
Volume: 24   031701
Year: 2012


A new method of graphically representing the transition stages of a rotating-disk flow is presented. The probability density function contour map of the fluctuating azimuthal disturbance velocity is used to show the characteristics of the boundary-layer flow over the rotating disk as a function of Reynolds numbers. Compared with the variation of the disturbance amplitude (rms) or spectral distribution, this map more clearly shows the changing flow characteristics through the laminar, transitional, and turbulent regions. This method may also be useful to characterize the different stages in the transition process not only for the rotating-disk flow but also for other flows.