Stability of optimal streaks in the buffer layer of a turbulent channel flow with variable viscosity

Ashish Patel, Enrico Rinaldi, Rene Pecnik, P. Schlatter, S. Bagheri

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Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) of turbulent channel flows with variable viscosity (Patel et al., 2015, PoF) show that low speed streaks in the buffer layer strengthen and are stabilized for increasing viscosity away from the wall, as they do not lift and tilt as intensely as in a constant property flow. The opposite holds for cases where viscosity decreases away from the wall. In this work, we investigate the above observation by studying the linear stability of the mean turbulent velocity profile obtained from DNS of variable viscosity flows. Examples of such studies for constant property turbulent flows include work of del Alamo \& Jiménez, 2006, JFM and Pujals et al., 2009, PoF. The calculated optimal buffer layer streaks show larger transient energy growth for a case where the viscosity increases away from the wall. We further study the stability of the saturated optimal streaks by imposing a secondary sinuous perturbation and by following the nonlinear evolution of the structures in time. The present investigation will improve the understanding of the near-wall turbulence cycle for wall-bounded turbulent flows with viscosity gradients.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberE18.00005
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Physical Society. Bulletin
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics - Portland, United States
Duration: 20 Nov 201722 Nov 2017


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