Low Reynolds number turbulent flows over elastic walls

  title={Low Reynolds number turbulent flows over elastic walls},
  author={Marco E. Rosti and Luca Brandt},
  journal={Physics of Fluids},
We study the laminar and turbulent channel flow over a viscous hyper-elastic wall and show that it is possible to sustain an unsteady chaotic turbulent-like flow at any Reynolds number by properly choosing the wall elastic modulus. We propose a physical explanation for this effect by evaluating the shear stress and the turbulent kinetic energy budget in the fluid and elastic layer. We vary the bulk Reynolds number from 2800 to 10 and identify two distinct mechanisms for turbulence production… 

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