A new method for measuring turbulent heat fluxes using PIV and fast-response cold-wires

Owen Williams, Tyler Van Buren, Alexander Smits

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A new method for measuring turbulent heat fluxes using a combination of particle image velocimetry and a nanoscale fast-response cold-wire is tested by examining a rough-wall turbulent boundary layer subject to weakly stable stratification. The method has the advantages of simple calibration and setup, as well as providing spatial correlations of velocity and temperature and their associated integral length scales. The accuracy of using Taylor?s hypothesis when employing a large field of view is investigated. Heat flux, velocity?temperature correlation coefficients and turbulent Prandtl number profiles, as well as spatial velocity and temperature correlations, are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 10
Number of pages10
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2015


  • Turbulent heat flux
  • PIV
  • Cold-wires
  • Turbulent prandtl number

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