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On the use of the Reynolds decomposition in the intermittent region of turbulent boundary layers

  • Y. S. Kwon (a1), N. Hutchins (a1) and J. P. Monty (a1)


In the analysis of velocity fields in turbulent boundary layers, the traditional Reynolds decomposition is universally employed to calculate the fluctuating component of streamwise velocity. Here, we demonstrate the perils of such a determination of the fluctuating velocity in the context of structural analysis of turbulence when applied in the outer region where the flow is intermittently turbulent at a given wall distance. A new decomposition is postulated that ensures non-turbulent regions in the flow do not contaminate the fluctuating velocity components in the turbulent regions. Through this new decomposition, some of the typical statistics concerning the scale and structure of turbulent boundary layers are revisited.


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