If it is assumed that the mean-velocity profiles of a ducted jet are similar in form sufficiently for downstream of the orifice it is possible, as shown in earlier papers [1, 2, 3], to integrate the equations of motion using the boundary-layer approximation and assuming a constant-energy secondary stream. It is necessary to know when and how this limiting profile is reached, and whether a similar tendency to self-preservation of the components of the velocity fluctuations is observed before the jet reaches the duct-wall boundary layer. Measurements have been made in an axisymmetric ducted air jet of the mean and fluctuating velocities, jet width, secondary-stream velocity, ductwall static pressure, and the boundary layer thickness. Results are compared with values predicted by the approximate jet theory. The authors define form factors calculated from measured profiles of mean velocities, of radial and longitudinal components of the velocity fluctuations, and of the shear stress. The variation of these form factors indicates a definite tendency to similarity for the mean velocity profiles; however, departures from similarity persist for the velocity fluctuations to the limit of measurements, about three duct diameters (40 nozzle diameters).

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