Scaling of the turbulence transition threshold in a pipe

Hof, B. and Juel, A. and Mullin, T. (2003) Scaling of the turbulence transition threshold in a pipe. Physical Review Letters, 91. p. 244502. ISSN 0031-9007

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We report the results of an experimental investigation of the transition to turbulence in a pipe over approximately an order of magnitude range in the Reynolds number Re. A novel scaling law is uncovered using a systematic experimental procedure which permits contact to be made with modern theoretical thinking. The principal result we uncover is a scaling law which indicates that the amplitude of perturbation required to cause transition scales as O(Re–1).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: PACS 2010, the AIP's Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme > 40 ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID MECHANICS > 47 Fluid dynamics
Depositing User: Ms Lucy van Russelt
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 14:12

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