A Model of the Turbulent Burst Phenomenon: Fully Developed Transitional Turbulent Flow Between Parallel Plates

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L. C. Thomas, H. M. Kadry

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Ministry of Higher Education, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

J. Appl. Mech 49(4), 697-703 (Dec 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3162581 History: Received January 01, 1981; Revised December 01, 1981; Online July 21, 2009


An analysis is presented for fully developed transitional turbulent flow between parallel plates that features the use of a turbulent burst model for the important wall region. Model closure is accomplished by the specification of the mean burst frequency and, for moderate to high Reynolds numbers, by matching with a classical eddy viscosity model for the turbulent core. Predictions obtained for friction factor and mean velocity distribution are compared with experimental data for fully developed transitional turbulent flow in a channel with large aspect ratio. Predictions are also developed for the eddy viscosity within the wall region for transitional turbulent conditions.

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