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- Several conditional sampling techniques are applied to a data base generated by large-eddy simulation of turbulent channel flow. It is shown that the bursting process is associated with well-organized horseshoe vortices inclined at about 45 deg. to the wall. These vortical structures are identified by examining the vortex lines of three-dimensional, ensemble averaged vorticity fields. Two distinct horseshoe-shaped vortices corresponding to the sweep and ejection events are detected. These vortices are associated with high Reynolds shear stress and hence make a significant contribution to turbulent energy production. The dependency of the ensemble averaged vortical structures on the detection criteria, and the question of whether this ensemble-averaged structure is an artifact of the ensemble averaging process are examined. The ensemble-averaged pattern of these vortical structures that emerge from the analysis could provide the basis for a hypothetical model of the organized structures of wall-bounded shear flows.
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- Document ID: 19850004009.
Accession ID: 85N12317.
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