One very important part of research is the development of effective, reliable instruments. The measurement of turbulence in flow fields is a complex research problem. It depends heavily upon the hot-wire anemometer. This thesis describes the evaluation and use of a constant- current hot-wire anemometer, and presents the equations governing its use for turbulence measurements. The thesis first enumerates and explains some of the important parameters of turbulent flows, providing the basis for the discussion of their measurement which follows. The cooling of a heated wire in forced convection and a typical anemometer circuit are discussed. Derivations of the instrument equations are presented to illuminate the instrument's operation. Two wire arrays and their use are explained and techniques for the measurement of the intensities, correlation coefficients, and integral scale of turbulence are described.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Warner, Charles Young, "The Verification and Use of a Hot-Wire Anemometer in Turbulence Measurements" (1963). Theses and Dissertations. 7206.