THE TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER IN A COMPRESSIBLE FLUID
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The first object of the paper is to develop a transformation which reduces the boundary-layer equations for compressible two-dimensional mean turbulent motion to incompressible form. The second object is to apply this transformation to the special case of the adiabatic turbulent boundary layer on a smooth wall. The transformation represents at every stage a genuine kinematic and dynamic correspondence between two real flows, both of which are capable of being observed experimentally. Since the mean pressure and mean velocity can then be measured in either flow, the mean acceleration of the fluid can in principle be determined, and the shearing stress can be adequately and accurately defined as the stress which is necessary to account for this acceleration. This formulation leads to a general transformation valid for laminar or turbulent flow in wakes and boundary layers, without regard to the state or energy equations or the viscosity law for the compressible fluid, and without regard to the boundary conditions on surface pressure or temperature in the event that a surface is involved.
- Fluid Mechanics