Flow visualization of a round jet impinging on cylindrical surfaces

C. Cornaro, A. S. Fleischer, R. J. Goldstein

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Smoke wire flow visualization is used to investigate the behavior of a round jet issuing from a straight tube and impinging on concave and convex surfaces with high relative curvature values. Local velocity and turbulence intensity measurements of the free jet are correlated to the formation of the visualized ordered-flow structures. Visualization of the impinging jet shows the initiation and growth of ring vortices in the jet shear layer and their interaction with the cylindrical surfaces. Effects of relative curvature, nozzle diameter, nozzle-to-surface distance and Reynolds number on the jet flow structure are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalExperimental Thermal and Fluid Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1999

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Funding Information:
This material is based upon work completed while C. Cornaro was supported by a fellowship of the Italian National Research Council and while A.S. Fleischer was supported under a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Support from the Engineering Research Program of the Department of Energy is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Curved surface
  • Flow visualization
  • Jet impingement
  • Jets
  • Ring vortex
  • Vortex


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