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Published July 2016 | Published
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Nonlinear interactions isolated through scale synthesis in experimental wall turbulence


An experimental investigation of nonlinear scale interactions in a forced turbulent boundary layer is presented here. A dynamic wall perturbation mechanism was used to externally force two distinct large-scale synthetic modes with well-defined spatial and temporal wave numbers in a fully turbulent flow. The focus is on characterizing the nonlinear flow response at triadically consistent wave numbers that arises from the direct interactions of the two synthetic modes. These experimental results isolate triadic scale interactions in wall turbulence in a unique fashion, and provide the ability to explore the dynamics of scale coupling in a systematic and detailed manner. The ideas advanced here are intended to contribute towards modeling efforts of high-Reynolds-number wall turbulence.

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© 2016 American Physical Society. (Received 8 April 2016; published 15 July 2016) We gratefully acknowledge AFOSR (Grant No. FA 9550-12-1-0469, program manager D. Smith) for financial support of this work and a graduate fellowship (S.D.) from the Resnick Institute at Caltech. We also thank K. Rosenberg and D. Huynh for their help with the wind tunnel experimental setup.

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