2020 Volume 15 Issue 3 Pages JFST0017
A wind tunnel experiment was performed to investigate the requirements for providing a suitable environment for easily creating a localized turbulent region in a laminar boundary layer. A combination of a short-duration jet and suctions was used to prepare a potentially unstable region upstream, and another jet was ejected downstream against the region at various timings and different relative spanwise locations. Based on the results, the combination of the potentially unstable region and the short-duration jet promoted the transition to turbulence only under limited conditions, whereas in most cases, it worked negatively. However, the turbulent spot generation was enhanced when the downstream jet was used at the timing and location that enlarged the low-velocity area created upstream. Moreover, the locally disturbed region generated by the combination of the potentially unstable region and the short-duration jet did not directly grow into a turbulent spot; rather, the turbulent spot grew in the region following the disturbed region.