Binormal cooling errors in single hot-wire measurements
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Linn´e FLOW Centre, KTH Mechanics, Stockholm
Publication date: 2016-01-17
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 2016;54(1):305–310
In single-wire hot-wire measurements, velocity fluctuations acting normal to the hot-wire and its prongs will cause additional heat transfer known as binormal cooling. With respect to wall turbulence, the influence of this additional cooling is well-studied for crossed wires, while it is commonly ignored in single hot-wire measurements. The latter view is challenged in the recent work by Dróżdż and Elsner (2014) that claims significant errors in variance measurements when using single-wire probes in turbulent boundary layers. This short communication revisits these claims and quantifies binormal cooling errors through an expansion of the effective-velocity concept and utilisation of direct numerical simulation data. Results support the common habit that binormal cooling errors can safely be ignored in single hot-wire measurements.