Temperature fluctuation measurements for transitional flow in a square channel
Experimental Heat Transfer
The effect of a 6.35-mm-diameter cylindrical rod on the transitional flow in a 50.8-mm square channel has been investigated experimentally. A Chromel-Constanian thermocouple with 12, 7-fim-diameter leads was used to measure the temperature fluctuations of slightly heated air (5°C) flowing in the channel, over the range of Reynolds number Re = 1, 500-3, 500. Without the rod, laminar-to-turbulent transition occurred at Re ≈ 2, 500-3, 500 in the empty square channel The rod destabilized the flow and advanced the onset of fluctuations profoundly. Within the wake of the rod, large fluctuations were detected. Temperature measurements also reviewed the existence of regular vortex shedding at Re = 1, 500, and the development of the wake downstream of the rod. This study confirmed the feasibility of using a fine thermocouple for studying obstructed channel flow. © 1996 Taylor & Francis.
Ting, D. S.K.. (1996). Temperature fluctuation measurements for transitional flow in a square channel. Experimental Heat Transfer, 9 (4), 357-370.