SKM 2023 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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DY: Fachverband Dynamik und Statistische Physik

DY 5: Fluid Physics: Turbulence and Convection

DY 5.8: Vortrag

Montag, 27. März 2023, 11:45–12:00, MOL 213

Description of laminar-turbulent transition of an airfoil boundary layer measured by differential image thermography using directed percolation theory — •Tom T. B. Wester, Joachim Peinke, and Gerd Gülker — ForWind, University of Oldenburg, Institute of Physics, Oldenburg, Germany

Transition from laminar to turbulent flow is still a challenging problem. Recent studies indicate a good agreement when describing this phase transition with the directed percolation theory. This study presents a new experimental approach by means of differential image thermography (DIT) enabling to investigate this transition on the suction side of a heated airfoil. The results extend the applicability of the directed percolation theory to describe the transition on curves surfaces. The experimental effort allows for the first time an agreement between all three universal exponents of the (1+1)D directed percolation for such airfoil application. Furthermore, this study proves that the theory holds for a wide range of flows, as shown by the various conditions tested. Such a large parameter space was not covered in any examination so far. The findings underline the significance of percolation models in fluid mechanics and show that this theory can be used as a high precision tool for the problem of transition to turbulence.

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