The intermediate wake of a body of revolution at high Reynolds numbers

Juan M. Jiménez, M. Hultmark, A. J. Smits

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Results are presented on the flow field downstream of a body of revolution for Reynolds numbers based on a model length ranging from 1.1 106 to 67 × 106. The maximum Reynolds number is more than an order of magnitude larger than that obtained in previous laboratory wake studies. Measurements are taken in the intermediate wake at locations 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15 diameters downstream from the stern in the midline plane. The model is based on an idealized submarine shape (DARPA SUBOFF), and it is mounted in a wind tunnel on a support shaped like a semi-infinite sail. The mean velocity distributions on the side opposite the support demonstrate self-similarity at all locations and Reynolds numbers, whereas the mean velocity distribution on the side of the support displays significant effects of the support wake. None of the Reynolds stress distributions of the flow attain self-similarity, and for all except the lowest Reynolds number, the support introduces a significant asymmetry into the wake which results in a decrease in the radial and streamwise turbulence intensities on the support side. The distributions continue to evolve with downstream position and Reynolds number, although a slow approach to the expected asymptotic behaviour is observed with increasing distance downstream.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-539
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • separated flows
  • shear layer turbulence


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