A wall shear stress measurement technique using the thermal wakes of small heated spots
A new thermo-optical method for the measurement of wall shear stresses is presented. The technique exploits that the surface temperature field and the near wall flow are closely linked by correlating the thermal wakes of small heated spots with the wall shear stress. Numerical as well as experimental results are presented and different correlation and design parameters are examined. In contrast to recent works, where the thermal tuft length is used for a correlation with the wall shear stress, other parameters were found to be much better suited for a skin friction calibration. It is also shown that the new method has the unique capability to not only measure the magnitude of the wall shear stress but also its direction.
Published in: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 10.1243/09544100JAERO518, SAGE Publications
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