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  • AME PhD Student Seminar

    Fri, Nov 20, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Vamsikrishna Chinta, USC AME PhD Student

    Talk Title: Reconstructing the time evolution of wall-bounded turbulent flows from non-time-resolved PIV measurements

    Abstract: Particle image velocimetry (PIV) systems are often limited in their ability to fully resolve the spatiotemporal fluctuations inherent in turbulent flows due to hardware constraints. In this study, we develop models based on rapid distortion theory (RDT) and Taylor's hypothesis (TH) to reconstruct the time evolution of a turbulent flow field in the intermediate period between consecutive PIV snapshots obtained using a non-time resolved system. The linear governing equations are evolved forward and backward in time using the PIV snapshots as initial conditions. The flow field in the intervening period is then reconstructed by taking a weighted sum of the forward and backward estimates. This spatiotemporal weighting function is designed to account for the advective nature of the RDT and TH equations. Reconstruction accuracy is evaluated as a function of spatial resolution and reconstruction time horizon using direct numerical simulation data for turbulent channel flow from the Johns Hopkins Turbulence Database. This method reconstructs single-point turbulence statistics well and resolves velocity spectra at frequencies higher than the temporal Nyquist limit of the acquisition system. Reconstructions obtained using a characteristics-based evolution of the flow field under TH prove to be more accurate compared to reconstructions obtained from numerical integration of the discretized forms of RDT and TH. The effect of measurement noise on reconstruction error is also evaluated.

    Biography: Vamsikrishna Chinta is a PhD student working with Prof. Mitul Luhar. His research focuses on turbulent flow reconstruction using physics-based models. Prior to joining USC as a PhD student, Vamsikrishna received his masters from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, and bachelors from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Calicut, both in Mechanical Engineering.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92144809085

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Christine Franks

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