A new automated method capable of accurately identifying bursting periods in single-point turbulent velocity field records is presented. Manual selection of the method sensitivity are necessary for effective discrimination between burst periods and the background turbulent flow fluctuations (burst-free periods). The flow characteristic used for identification is the normalized 'instantaneous' TKE dissipation rate levels, calculated using sliding window averaging. Use of the record root mean square and average values for normalization eliminates the need for definition of a physics-based flow-specific threshold. Instead, the suitable sensitivity range and the threshold parameters are selected based on preliminary examination of the velocity records. This, potentially, makes the method applicable for use across various flow fields, especially as it does not require resolving the burst-generation mechanism. The method performance is examined using a field obtained dataset of buoyancy driven turbulent boundary layer flow. Here, the selection of a two-fold increase is used and the sensitivity of the method is examined. Spectral shapes of non-bursting periods show distinguished similarity to those of the Kolmogorov theory, while the bursting period spectral shapes vary significantly. Low-resolution records of temperature fluctuations were observed to exhibit a significant decrease in temperature (scalar) dissipation rate during bursting periods. Based on this observation and additional processing, a statistical examination of temperature (scalar) dissipation rate is presented along with a normalization procedure. Future examination of additional scalar variations, i.e. particulate matter and/or gaseous pollutant concentrations, in connection with turbulent bursting periods can assist in further understanding of bursting generation and scalar transfer processes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- !!Engineering (miscellaneous)
- !!Applied Mathematics