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Master of Science
Energy in turbulent flows is transported down coherent vortical structures of different shapes and sizes. Experiments have shown that the vortical structures contain field lines that are curved in nature. Several procedures have been investigated to determine the size and location of the coherent vortical motions, as of yet there has not been a widely accepted method that exactly depicts these structures. Among the current methods of determining the coherent features of the flow, structures determined by the second largest eigenvalue of the symmetric part of the gradient of the Navier-Stokes equation has received recent attention. Another method proposed is to investigate the local geometry of the streamlines. The present study employs a numerical program to evaluate the Frenet-Serret apparatus that provides a basis to compare curves or surfaces. This tool provides values of curvature and torsion which aid in the determination of vortical motions in the flow and are used to determine the dynamical properties that form these coherent motions.
Dunstan, Michael, "STREAMLINE GEOMETRY ANALYSIS OF TURBULENT FLUID FLOWS" (2014). Master's Theses and Capstones. 992.