The Effect of Dilute Polymer Solutions on Viscous Drag and Turbulence Structure

  • William G. Tiederman
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


All recent results confirm that the major differences between dilute polymer and Newtonian flows occur in an expanded buffer region near the wall. The wall- normal velocity fluctuations decrease and the principal axes for the Reynolds shear stress rotate toward the streamwise and wall-normal directions. Lower threshold uv events in quadrants 2 and 4 are damped while higher threshold uv events are not damped. The mean period of the burst cycle increases as drag reduction increases in the same way that streak spacing increases. While the wall-layer structures are modified in dilute polymer flows, they still contain all of the features of the Newtonian wall-layer structures.


Reynolds Stress Drag Reduction Streamwise Velocity Reynolds Shear Stress Deborah Number 
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  • William G. Tiederman
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  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringPurdue UniversityW. LafayetteUSA

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