# Ch5_6 - Chapter 5 Free thin shear ows In this Chapter, we...

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Chapter 5 Free thin shear ﬂows In this Chapter, we will discuss a large class of ﬂows called thin shear ﬂows . We will focus on ﬂows far from a solid surface (the wall boundary layer is discussed in Chapter 6) and we will aim to understand the structure of jets , wakes ,and mixing layers .T h i s i sd o n e using: (i) the governing equations; (ii) the eddy viscosity model; (iii) the boundary layer approximation; (iv) the idea of self-similarity, (v) global conservation principles, and (vi) input from experiment. We do not aim for mathematical rigour in the theory, but to bring across the main physical Fndings. Davidson’s Ch. 4 [2] and Tennekes and Lumley’s Ch. 4 [1] have perhaps the most accessible expositions. Pope’s Chapter 5 [3] is also very good and thorough. Here we will present detailed analysis only for the planar and the round jet and we will just quote some results for the other ﬂows. Consult the textbooks for more details. 5.1 The thin shear ﬂow assumption If the mean velocity is predominantly in one direction, then the width of the ﬂow δ is small compared to its length L from its origin, or δ ( x ) /x ± 1; ±ig. 5.1. This has two very important implications. ±irst, that streamwise gradients are much smaller than the cross- stream gradients, and second, that the cross-stream momentum equation can be simpliFed. Both of these result in a very simpliFed form of the streamwise momentum equation, which is amenable to analysis. In this Chapter, we will take as u and v the streamwise and cross-stream velocities, so that u = u x , v = u y , u 0 = u 0 x v 0 = u 0 y . L turb will be a characteristic large-eddy lengthscale, of the order of the ﬂow width δ . We will assume constant pressure in the x direction throughout and high Reynolds numbers, so the visous stresses will drop out of the momentum equations. The various ﬂows that fall under this category of thin shear ﬂows are described in more detail next. 5.1.1 Jets Qualitative description The ﬂow exits a nozzle at velocity U 0 into stagnant ﬂuid, ±ig. 5.1. The nozzle has size d , which is the diameter in the round (or axisymmetric) jet and the slit width in the planar jet. In the latter, the ﬂow is homogeneous in the z direction. The 35

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x r,y U 0 U c ( x ) G 1/2 ( x ) p f ( x ) JET (plane or round) WAKE (plane or round) x r,y U 0 U c ( x ) 1/2 ( x ) Figure 5.1: The ﬂow patterns of jets and wakes. 36
SHEAR OR MIXING LAYER G 1/2 ( x ) U 1 U 2 x y U c =U 1 0 U 2 Figure 5.2: The ﬂow pattern in a mixing layer. jet then expands and the jet ﬂuid mixes with the ambient ﬂuid. Turbulence is produced by the shear induced by the velocity diference between the jet and the ambient and it is this turbulence that is causing the jet expansion. The thin shear ﬂow assumption implies that the angle o± the jet is small. There is an inter±ace between the turbulent ﬂow in the jet and the non-turbulent ﬂow in the ambient, which moves slowly outwards as the jet engul±s more ambient ﬂuid. The total momentum ﬂow rate in the jet is constant, but the mass ﬂow rate is not, since the jet entrains mass ±rom the surroundings.

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