Turbulence Research, Consulting, Bibliography, Wind Tunnels - Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw

Thomas V. Jones Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Phone: (650) 725-0704 | Home phone (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. only): (650) 327-4357 | E-mail: bradshaw@stanford.edu

I do not, repeat NOT, have any funds or facilities to support students at any level, and I am not accepting advisees.

Prof. Milton Van Dyke, of the Stanford Aero/Astro and Mech. Engg. Depts., died in May 2010, aged 87. Most of his work was mathematical, but he also founded the Parabolic Press, initially to reprint his pioneering textbook "Perturbation Methods in Fluid Mechanics". Later he designed and published "An Album of Fluid Motion", containing 400 photographs collected from all over the world. To date it has sold over 40000 copies. An obituary, currently in draft, will be published in the next volume of the National Academy of Engineering's Memorial Tributes to its members.

Degrees, etc.

B.A. Cambridge University - Aeronautical Engineering, 1957.
Fellow, Royal Society of London, 1981.
D.Sc. (Hon.) Exeter University, 1990.
Distinguished Lecturer, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1992-1993.
Fluid Dynamics Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1994.

Research interests

Complex turbulent flows, turbulence modeling, large-eddy simulation, experimental techniques and wind-tunnel design.
Author or co-author of over 200 papers and six books in the above areas.


See separate list

These Web pages contain:-

A 10000-entry selected Bibliography on turbulence, covering the period from 1980 to 2002 with some earlier and later entries

Details of the international project on Collaborative Testing of Turbulence Models (1990-93) including links to the database assembled for this collaboration.

Hypertext document on wind-tunnel design.

Collaborative Testing of Turbulence Models

This international project, "CTTM" for short, was organized by Bradshaw, with Brian Launder (UMIST, Manchester) and John Lumley(Cornell): see Bradshaw, Launder and Lumley, J. Fluids Engg 118 , 243 (1996) for details. Most of the project documentation exists only as paper copies and is available from Bradshaw at the cost of reproduction and handling (see Price List). This Web site contains the Final Report to the sponsors, and a description of the Data Library containing selections of the data collected for the project (not all of which was used).

The data collected for the project (including the data used in the 1980-81 Stanford conference on Computation of Complex Turbulent Flows) and explanatory documents are now available in the Journal of Fluids Engineering electronic Data Bank at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The Bank includes some data sets which were not distributed to the Collaborators but were later selected by an independent research worker as potentially useful, well-documented test cases.

The URL containing the JFE Data Bank holds some other material as well. On its home page, choose "Ejournals", then "current journals" then "Journal of Fluids Engineering", "Databank"and "DB96-243" (code numbers give year and JFE page of accompanying article, in this case Bradshaw, Launder and Lumley 1996). Click "Readme.txt", which gives a short explanation and then directs you to "Intro.txt".

Please report difficulties in reading/downloading to the JFE editors, and difficulties in understanding/using the data to Bradshaw.

The data are also available on 3-1/2in. (1.44MB) IBM (MS-DOS/Windows) disks from Bradshaw, again at cost (see Price List).

A Bibliography of Turbulent Flows

This is a set of plain-text files (ASCII characters only, no graphics) of over 10000 references to papers on turbulence and associated numerical and experimental techniques. The papers have been read and selected by Bradshaw, and are arranged in standard format, labeled with index categories, and accompanied by short abstracts. The main file is over 2MB long, and the same information is repeated in sorted files, one per index category. The bibliography was set up for private use and is being made available on the Web as a public service with no warranty (particularly as regards the abstracts, which are expressions of personal opinion recorded when the papers were first read).The bibliography covers the period 1980 to 2002 with some earlier and later entries, and includes reports and other publicly-available documents as well as journal papers. The files can be downloaded directly from the Bibliography Home Page.

Wikipedia and Citizendium

Most Web users know the do-it-yourself on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia. It has recently been criticized because contributed articles are unsigned and are not normally reviewed by the editors or by independent referees. Anybody who is 'signed up' can contribute an article or alter an existing one. This has proved to be an insufficient safeguard against inaccurate contributions or alterations, particularly of course in articles dealing with subjective matters like religion and politics. Science and technology are less vulnerable, except for articles on commercial products such as drugs which should be treated like any other advertisement.

Citizendium, started by one of the founders of Wikipedia, is similar in aim, but articles are signed and appear on the Web only in 'Draft' form until they are reviewed by volunteer editors. A couple of recent articles are on the high-grade domestic servant called a butler and on that precursor of Web news sites, the telephone newspaper.Note that some of the cross-references may not be available yet. For more details, look at the Citizendium Main Page. Hint: there is no article on Turbulence - but stay tuned!

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Last updated 7 Sept. 2008