Influence of Free-Stream Turbulence on Turbulent Boundary Layer Heat Transfer and Mean Profile Development, Part II—Analysis of Results

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M. F. Blair

Gas Turbine Technology Group, United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Conn. 06108

J. Heat Transfer 105(1), 41-47 (Feb 01, 1983) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3245557 History: Received November 30, 1981; Online October 20, 2009


An experimental research program was conducted to determine the influence of free-stream turbulence on zero pressure gradient, fully turbulent boundary layer flow. In Part I of this paper, convective heat transfer coefficients, boundary layer mean velocity and temperature profile data, as well as wall skin friction coefficient distribution data were presented for five flow conditions of constant free-stream velocity (30 m/s) and free-stream turbulence intensities ranging from approximately 1/4 to 7 percent. These data indicated that the turbulence had significant effects on both the turbulent boundary layer skin friction and heat transfer. In the current paper, these new data are compared to various independent experimental data and analytical correlations of free-stream turbulence effects. This analysis has shown that the effects documented in Part I were a function of the freestream turbulence intensity, the turbulence length scale, and the boundary layer momentum thickness Reynolds number. In addition, the Reynolds analogy factor (2St/cf ) was shown to increase by just over 1 percent for each 1 percent increase in free-stream turbulence level. New correlations for the influence of free-stream turbulence on skin friction, heat transfer, and the Reynolds analogy factor are presented.

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