Mass and momentum transport in the near field of swirling turbulent jets. effect of swirl rate

Aleksei S. Lobasov, Sergey V. Alekseenko, Dmitriy M. Markovich, Vladimir M. Dulin

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Local transport of the flow momentum and scalar admixture in the near-field of turbulent swirling jets (Re = 5,000) has been investigated by using a combination of the particle image velocimetry and planar laser-induced fluorescence methods. Advection and turbulent and molecular diffusions are evaluated based on the measured distributions of the mean velocity and concentration and the Reynolds stresses and fluxes. As has been quantified from the data, the flow swirl intensifies the entrainment of the surrounding fluid and promotes mass and momentum exchange in the outer mixing layer. A superimposed swirl results in the appearance of a wake/recirculation region at the jet axis and, consequently, the formation of an inner shear layer. In contrast to the scalar admixture, the momentum exchange in the inner shear layer is found to be strongly intensified by the swirl. For the jet with the highest considered swirl rate, a substantial portion of the surrounding fluid is found to enter the unsteady central recirculation zone, where it mixes with the jet that is issued from the nozzle. The contribution of the coherent velocity fluctuations, which are induced by large-scale vortex structures, to the turbulent transport has been evaluated based on triple decomposition, which was based on proper orthogonal decomposition analysis of the velocity data sets. For the considered domain of the jet with the highest swirl rate and vortex breakdown, the contributions of detected helical vortex structures, inducing pressing vortex core, to the radial fluxes of the flow momentum and the scalar admixture are found to locally exceed 65% and 80%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108539
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Coherent structures
  • Particle image velocimetry
  • Planar laser-induced fluorescence
  • Precessing vortex core
  • Proper orthogonal decomposition
  • Swirling turbulent jet
  • Triple decomposition
  • Turbulent transport
  • Vortex breakdown


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