The influence of a localised region of turbulence on the structural development of a turbulent, round, buoyant jet

Alan J. S. Cuthbertson, Daniela Malcangio, Peter A. Davies, Michele Mossa

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    Results are presented from a series of laboratory experiments in which the interaction of a turbulent buoyant jet with a localised patch of grid-generated turbulence has been investigated. The experiments show that the effect of the turbulent patch is to arrest the structural development of the buoyant jet at a location determined by the relative values of the r.m.s. turbulent velocities in the patch and jet, respectively. Measurements of the breakdown distance zc from the jet source have been compared successfully with the predictions of a scaling analysis for the limiting cases of momentum- and buoyancy-dominated regions of the buoyant jet.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)683-698
    Number of pages16
    JournalFluid Dynamics Research
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


    • grid-generated turbulence
    • plumes
    • buoyant jets
    • flows
    • jet breakdown

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