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Looking for 'laminars': Measuring intermittency on the America's Cup race course


Binns, JR and Albina, FO and Burns, IA, Looking for 'laminars': Measuring intermittency on the America's Cup race course, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 33, (5) pp. 865-874. ISSN 0894-1777 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2009.03.003


The determination of intermittency from experimental results has been achieved in the past by a number of approximate methods, the most prolific of which involves the use of a detector function based on the square of first and second derivatives of the flow velocity with respect to time. The disadvantages of such methods are that they rely on appropriate time domain binning of the data, they are calibration dependent, they involve error propagating numerical differentiation and 50% intermittency is incorrectly diagnosed as an extremely high level of turbulence. Where experimental records are of limited time spans, calibration is difficult, measurement errors are significant and a 50% intermittency measurement is required for design purposes, the detector method loses its utility. However, recent experimental and theoretical work by Ferchichi and Tavoularis [1] has revealed a remarkably Gaussian probability distribution for the thermal passive scalar. The degree of self-similarity (analysed through the flatness of the signal) can then be used as a measure of intermittency. Flatness analysis has been used in this study on full scale data obtained experimentally on an International America’s Cup Class (IACC) yacht to overcome the problems of intermittency measurement. A generalised signal conditioning technique has been proposed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Intermittency; Kurtosis; Sailing yachts; Full scale
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Binns, JR (Professor Jonathan Binns)
ID Code:57684
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2009-08-07
Last Modified:2010-03-25
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