Statistics of Single Self-sustaining Attached Eddy in a Turbulent Channel

  • Yongyun HwangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the ERCOFTAC Series book series (ERCO, volume 23)


A Numerical experiment that isolates the motions at a given spanwise length scale is performed based on previous observation on the self-sustaining nature of the eddies in the logarithmic and the wake outer regions [7, 8]. It is shown that the statistics of the isolated self-sustaining motions at a given spanwise length scale are strikingly similar to those of the single attached eddy postulated by Townsend and Perry [1, 2, 5, 6], demonstrating the existence of the attached eddies in turbulent channel flow. Inspecting one-dimensional spectra also leads to build a complete form of the self-similarity of the streamwise length scale and the wall-normal location of all the coherent structures known, including near-wall streaks, quasi-streamwise vortices, very-large-scale motions, and large-scale motions.


Reynolds Stress Coherent Structure Streamwise Velocity Spanwise Velocity Logarithmic Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AeronauticsImperial College LondonLondonUK

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