PLASMA BOUNDARY LAYERS
AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB INC EVERETT MA
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A review is given of recent work on boundary layers in electrically- conducting fluids. This includes a discussion of the differences between ordinary boundary layers and plasma boundary layers with special reference to the new dimensionless parameters for the magnetic case, including those which arise from the microscopic structure of the fluid. The convection of current and vorticity along magnetic field lines by the Alfven wave mechanism is shown to be the principal new propagation mechanism in magnetohydrodynamic boundary layers. Recent work in inertial boundary layers, channel flows, wakes, and electrode boundary layers is summarized.
- Fluid Mechanics