The Unbounded and Bounded Boundary Layer Models for Flow Along a Wall
Technical Report,01 Nov 2014,13 Apr 2015
Air Force Research Laboratory/RYDH Wright-Patterson AFB United States
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In an earlier report AFRL-RY-WP-TR-2020-0004 a new unbounded boundary layer model for describing flow along a wall was introduced. In the new model, the flow asymptotes to the free stream value. Herein, we do a more extensive comparison between the bounded and unbounded boundary layers using flow simulations on a large gap channel consisting of two parallel flat plates. The channel plate gap distance is increased until an unbounded condition is reached. For laminar flow conditions, the required gap is found to be over seven meters, far exceeding the typical wind tunnel dimensions. The results also indicate that the often-used validation of wind tunnels using Blasius profiles is misleading.
- Fluid Mechanics