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Computer analysis of a high-speed film of the plane turbulent mixing layer

  • Miguel A. Hernan (a1) (a2) and Javier Jimenez (a1) (a3)

To evaluate the usefulness of digital image analysis in extracting quantitative information from flow pictures we have studied a 16 mm ciné film of a turbulent mixing layer. A sequence of 373 frames is digitized and analysed to isolate and measure the concentration eddies that constitute the large structure and to follow their individual evolution in time. As a result, statistics are given on the life history of the eddies, the structure of the amalgamation process and the amount of entrainment, as measured by area change, due to amalgamation as compared to the total. It is found that most of the entrainment occurs during the normal life of eddies and not during pairing. Mixing intermittency is computed from the observed shape of the eddies and seen to compare well with previous measurements. The significance of these results in modelling the mixing layer is discussed briefly and some comments are given on the general usefulness of the techniques presented.

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