Flow Over and Past Porous Surfaces

  • Syamir Alihan Showkat Ali

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


This thesis is concerned with the application of porous treatments as a means of flow and aerodynamic noise reduction. An extensive experimental investigation is undertaken to study the effects of flow interaction with porous media, in particular in the context of the manipulation of flow over a flat plate and past the blunt trailing edges. Comprehensive boundary layer and wake measurements have been carried out for a long flat plate with solid and porous blunt trailing edges. Unsteady velocity and surface pressure measurements have also been performed to gain an in-depth understanding of the changes to the energy–frequency content and coherence of the boundary layer and wake structures as a result of the flow interaction with a porous treatment. The interaction of the flow with the porous substrate was found to significantly alter the energy cascade within the boundary layer. Results have shown that permeable treatments can effectively delay the vortex shedding and stabilize the flow over the blunt edge via mechanisms involving flow penetration into the porous medium and discharge into the near-wake region. It has also been shown that the porous treatment can effectively destroy the spanwise coherence of the boundary layer structures and suppress the velocity and pressure coherence, particularly at the vortex shedding frequency. The flow–porous scrubbing and its effects on the near-wall and large coherent structures have also been studied. The emergence of a quasi-periodic recirculating flow field inside highly permeable surface treatments has also been investigated. This study has identified several important mechanisms concerning the application of porous treatments and paves the way for further investigation into the interaction of the porous media with different flow fields and development of tailored porous treatments for improving the aerodynamic and aeroacoustic performance of different aero- and hydro-components.
Date of Award6 Nov 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Bristol
SupervisorMahdi Azarpeyvand (Supervisor)

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