Bilger, Saetran & Krishnamoorthy (1991) give measured values of the variance, cross-correlation coefficient, autospectra, coherence and phase shift of the reactant concentration fluctuations for an irreversible second-order reaction in an incompressible turbulent scalar mixing layer. The present paper approaches the interpretation of the measured data by evaluating the above quantities in the frozen (slow) and equilibrium (fast) chemistry limits. We assume that the limiting values bracket the corresponding intermediate rate data.
The analysis leads to values that correspond with the measured variances and correlation coefficients. The paper offers simple procedures for experimenters to evaluate the fast chemistry limit of the spectral characteristics from the measured mixture fraction fluctuations. The investigation of the limiting spectra suggests that, in the frequency region considered in the Bilger et al. measurements, the shape of the autospectrum is quite insensitive to the chemistry rate. The cross-spectrum is much more sensitive to the chemistry than the autospectrum. The analysis predicts correctly that the coherence decreases with increasing frequency while the phase stays equal to π until the decrease of the coherence leads to indeterminate phase results.