The structure of turbulence in fully developed pipe flow

John Laufer
naca-report-1174


Measurements, principally with a hot-wire anemometer, were made in fully developed turbulent flow in a 10-inch pipe at speeds of approximately 10 and 100 feet per second. Emphasis was placed on turbulence and conditions near the wall. The results include relevant mean and statistical quantities, such as Reynolds stresses, triple correlations, turbulent dissipation, and energy spectra. It is shown that rates of turbulent-energy production, dissipation, and diffusion have sharp maximums near the edge of the laminar sublayer and that there exist a strong movement of kinetic energy away from this point and an equally strong movement of pressure energy toward it.

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