Stereo PIV measurements of oscillatory plasma forcing in the cross-plane of a channel flow
Keywords:stereo PIV, plasma actuator, turbulent channel flow
The present work describes an experimental investigation that applies stereo particle image velocimetry in a cross-plane of a turbulent channel flow that is additionally perturbed by spanwise oscillatory body forces, induced by a plasma actuator and designed to mimic the effect of spanwise wall oscillations. The experiment is aimed at retrieving the forcing-correlated scales and the turbulent flow stochastic fluctuations for the measured cross-plane. The first are macroscopic scales and require a larger investigation domain while the latter benefit of a higher resolution. Furthermore, the extended flow-field dynamic range posed a challenge on the experiment design, finally leading to an optimal tradeoff. The results of the unactuated flow compare well to the direct numerical simulations of Hoyas and Jimenez ́ (2008), while the actuated case demonstrates strong near-wall momentum addition and spanwise modulation of the streamwise flow component.
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