Investigation of turbulent flows via pseudo flow visualization part I: Axisymmetric jet mixing layer

D. P. Wick, M. N. Glauser, L. S. Ukeiley

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Hot-wire anemometer measurements obtained in the near-field axisymmetric jet mixing layer by Glauser and George [1] are examined using a pseudo flow visualization (PFV) technique. Pseudo flow visualization is a visualization procedure used to manipulate data obtained from an array of probes to create a graphical representation of the instantaneous and fluctuating velocity components of a flow field. An indicator function was employed to identify the frequency content of each velocity-time trace, giving insight into the analysis of the visualizations. From this application, the natural shedding frequency, or preferred mode, of the large-scale structures was determined and compared with the conventional streamwise and radial spectral measurements acquired by Glauser and George [1]. Furthermore, the wavelength of the preferred mode, nondimensionalized by the jet exit diameter, was determined to be approximately 2.4, a result consistent with the work of Crowe and Champagne [2]. In Part 1 the technique is developed and discussed for the fundamental and fairly well-researched mixing layer of the axisymmetric jet. Our aim is to verify the effectiveness of PFV in the context of a well-documented flow. In Part 2, this technique is then applied to an industrial flow field, namely, the mixing region of a lobed mixer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-404
Number of pages14
JournalExperimental Thermal and Fluid Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Taylor's hypothesis
  • color coding technique
  • hot-wire anemometer
  • indicator function
  • instantaneous velocity profiles
  • pseudo flow visualization (PFV)
  • spectral analysis
  • velocity-time trace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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