Turbulence in the wake of a roughness patch

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Voermans, J.J. (Joey) (2013): Turbulence in the wake of a roughness patch. Version 1. 4TU.ResearchData. dataset. https://doi.org/10.4121/uuid:042d0fa4-bdfe-4f4b-885c-9731e80c1ed2
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Little research was done in the past concerning the propagation of three dimensional effect in shallow wake flow caused by a roughness patch. To get a better understanding of the consequences of the three dimensionality of the flow structures, experiments are performed in a wide shallow flume to examine these structures. The main objective is to examine whether the wake structure of a roughness patch can be treated as (quasi)-two-dimensional. The objective has been answered by a combination of a literature study and an experiment performed at the faculty’s laboratory. The results show four dominant mechanisms in the wake of a roughness patch: transverse mass flux, bottom friction, mixing layer and the secondary circulation. Based on a momentum balance the transverse mass flux and the bottom friction are the largest contributions to this balance. Although the contribution of the mixing layer and the secondary circulation to the recovery of the wake are of the order of 10%, their influence on the flow structure is more pronounced. The mixing layer is shifted towards the wake centerline due to the presence of a transverse mass flux forming a misalignment between the maximum spanwise Reynolds stress and the position of the wake half width. Since this shift is of limited influence on the position of the secondary circulation, a misalignment if formed between the maximum momentum transport by the secondary circulation and the mixing layer causing a lower streamwise velocity at the edge of wake with respect to the wake of an emerging obstruction. The secondary circulation is responsible for the transport of low momentum fluid towards the edge of the wake near the bottom, and high momentum fluid towards the wake centerline near the surface. This behavior is responsible for the cross gradient in the streamwise velocity profiles as shown by the data obtained. For modeling purposes of well mixed quantities, a (quasi)-two-dimensional approach only holds if the weaker streamwise velocity near the edge of the wake is taken into account. In the case a prediction of depth varying quantities is desired, the cross gradient caused by the secondary circulation needs to be implemented as well which results in the need of a three-dimensional modeling approach.
  • 2013-06-30 first online, published, posted
TU Delft
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TU Delft, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geoscience, Department of Hydraulic Engineering
  • Breugem, W.P.
  • Uijttewaal, W.S.J. (Wim)
  • van Prooijen, B.C. (Bram) orcid logo


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