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natural disturbances which damp out quickly (Fig. 6.1a). If transition is occurring, there
will be sharp bursts of turbulent fluctuation (Fig. 6.1b) as the increasing Reynolds number causes a breakdown or instability of laminar motion. At sufficiently large Re, the
flow will fluctuate continually (Fig. 6.1c) and is termed fully turbulent. The fluctuations, typically ranging from 1 to 20 percent of the average velocity, are not strictly
periodic but are random and encompass a continuous range, or spectrum, of frequencies. In a typical wind-tunnel flow at high Re, the turbulent frequency ranges from 1
to 10,000 Hz, and the wavelength ranges from about 0.01 to 400 cm.
The accepted transition Reynolds number for flow in a circular pipe is Red,crit 2300. For flow
through a 5-cm-diameter pipe, at what velocity will this occur at 20°C for (a) airflow and (b) water flow? Solution
Almost all pipe-flow formulas are based on the average velocity V Q/A, not centerline or any
other point velocity. Thus transition is specified at Vd...
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