Turbulence generation by electric body forces

J. H. Davidson, E. J. Shaughnessy

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The effect of an electric body force on vorticity production and turbulence generation in a gas is investigated by examination of the governing electrohydrodynamic equations. The theoretical concepts are illustrated by hot-film anemometer measurements of the electrically induced turbulence in a large scale electrostatic precipitator. The results indicate dramatic increases in turbulence and diffusivity due to the corona discharge and suggest that turbulence control in this application requires a modification in electrode geometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1986


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