PIV Measurements of the Wake Formation from a Rough Flat Plate
Keywords:roughness, wakes, shear layers, turbulent boundary layers, PIV
Wake flows are prevalent in a wide range of engineering applications and their behaviour can significantly impact engineering design and performance. A considerable body of work exists on smooth body wake structures and flows over rough bodies, however, there is a lack of fundamental physical understanding of the amalgamation of the two fields. Two-component two-dimension particle image velocimetry (2C-2D PIV) is used to investigate the effect of surface roughness on the formation of large scale structures in the near wake of a thin flat plate. Both high-speed and low-speed, high-resolution PIV setups have been used to investigate the effect of surface roughness on the boundary layer and the near wake of the plate to gain insight into the underlying physical connection between these regions.
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