Concurrent Scale Interactions in the Far-Field of a Turbulent Mixing Layer

  • O. R. H. BuxtonEmail author
  • B. Ganapathisubramani
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 165)


The interaction between large- and small-scale fluctuations in turbulent flow is not only of great fundamental interest but an understanding of these interactions is fundamental to the modelling of the sub-grid scale (SGS) stresses in a large eddy simulation (LES). Particle image velocimetry (PIV) data is acquired with two different spatial resolutions, simultaneously, in the self-similar region of a turbulent planar mixing layer. The SGS activity is observed to be amplified by concurrent large-scale low momentum fluctuations and attenuated by high momentum fluctuations with both the sign and magnitude of the large-scale fluctuations being of significance. Further, regions in which the orientation of the large-scale Reynolds stress tensor is aligned perpendicularly to the direction of the mean shear of the flow are shown to lead to an increased level of small-scale activity.


Particle Image Velocimetry Taylor Microscale Open Area Ratio Free Shear Flow High Speed Side 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AeronauticsImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research GroupUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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