Scaling of the wall-normal turbulence component in high-Reynolds-number pipe flow

Rongrong Zhao, Alexander J. Smits

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Streamwise and wall-normal turbulence components are obtained in fully developed turbulent pipe over a Reynolds number range from 1.1 × 105 to 9.8 × 106. The stream-wise intensity data are consistent with previous measurements in the same facility. For the wall-normal turbulence intensity, a constant region in v'r.m.s. is found for the region 200 ≤ y+ ≤ 0.1R+ for Reynolds numbers up to 1.0 × 106. An increase in v'r.m.s. is observed below about y+ ∼ 100, although additional measurements will be required to establish its generality. The wall-normal spectra collapse in the energy-containing region with inner scaling, but for the low-wavenumber region a y/R dependence is observed, which also indicates a continuing influence from the outer flow on the near-wall motions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-473
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Apr 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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