Effect of incoming boundary layer characteristics on an air layer within a liquid turbulent boundary layer

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Abstract

An air layer within a liquid turbulent boundary layer (TBL) is formed by controlled air injection underneath a flat plate. The incoming boundary layer as well as the flow around the air layer were measured with planar particle image velocimetry (PIV). The effect of different incoming liquid flow characteristics on the air layer geometry is investigated by varying both the freestream velocity and the streamwise development length of the TBL. The latter was realized through changing the position of the air injection along the length of the water tunnel facility. Increasing the freestream velocity resulted in an increase of the air layer length, while its maximum thickness remained relatively unaltered. An increase in the TBL development length, had a similarly marginal effect on the resulting maximum air layer thickness but led to a shorter air layer length. The latter could be attributed to a decrease in local mean velocity due to the TBL growth, reflected in a decrease of the air layer to boundary layer thickness ratio (from 0.27 to 0.17). The results of this study are expected to provide insight on the design conditions of an air layer drag reduction system installed in the hull of a ship.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event12th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2022 - Osaka, Virtual, Japan
Duration: 19 Jul 202222 Jul 2022

Conference

Conference12th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2022
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityOsaka, Virtual
Period19/07/2222/07/22

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