The response of a hot-film wedge probe in viscoelastic fluids has been investigated by imposing on the probe a sinusoidal vibration of known amplitude and frequency. Root-mean-square (rms) velocities calculated from the displacement of the probe were compared to rms velocities obtained with a constant temperature anemometer. The tests were performed under turbulent flow conditions and also at flow rates where viscoelastic effects (i.e., decrease of heat transfer rates from the probe to the fluid and drag reduction) were observed.

The frequency range covered was narrow ( < 100 cps). This limitation was imposed by the decision to superimpose the sinusoidal vibrations on the turbulence signal, in order to have dynamic conditions similar to those encountered in actual turbulence measurements. Measurements were performed in mineral oil and four solutions of polyisobutylene (Vistanex L-200) In mineral oil.

The experimental technique was established by measuring the response of the probe in mineral oil. These are the first data available in which the frequency response of a hot-film probe in a purely viscous liquid has been observed to be correct in the range studied. The ratios of velocities calculated using the two different methods were approximately 1.0. The results for viscoelastic fluids are similar with ratios ranging from 0.90 to 1.10. These results establish the validity of intensity measurements in viscoelastic fluids performed with hot-film wedge probes. They indicate that objections raised in the literature concerning the use of film probes in this type of fluid are not correct or, at least, not applicable to wedge probes.

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Symposium on Turbulence Measurements in Liquids (1969: Sep., Rolla, MO)


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Contributed Paper


Turbulence Measurements in Modified Fluids

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