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Wind and Structures
  Volume 8, Number 6, November 2005 , pages 455-467

Effects of turbulent boundary layer thickness on flow around a low-rise rectangular prism
Kyung Chun Kim, Ho Seong Ji and Seung Hak Seong

    The effects of upstream velocity profiles on the flow around a low-rise rectangular prism submerged in a turbulent boundary layer have been investigated. Three different boundary layer profiles are generated, which are characterized by boundary layer height, displacement thickness, and momentum thickness. Flow characteristics variations caused by the different layers such as those in turbulent kinetic energy distribution and locations of re-circulating cavities and reattachment points have been precisely measured by using a PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) technique. Observations were made in a boundary layer wind tunnel at ReH = 7900, based on a model height of 40 mm and a free stream velocity of 3 m/s with 15 - 20% turbulence intensity.
Key Words
    turbulent boundary layer; Atmospheric boundary layer (ABL); PIV; flow around a rectangular prism.
School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, Pusan 609-735, Korea

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