Accession Number:

ADA099637

Title:

Turbulent Boundary Layers in Strong Adverse Pressure Gradients,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AERONAUTICAL RESEARCH LABS MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)

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Report Date:

1980-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

94.0

Abstract:

A new analysis of equilibrium boundary layers based on the Schofield and Perry defect law for flow in moderate to strong adverse pressure gradient, is presented. The conditions derived for self-preserving or precise equilibrium boundary layers differ from those given by previous analyses based on the usual velocity defect law. It is shown that nine observed boundary layers on smooth walls conform to these new conditions for equilibrium flow. As the analytical expression for the Schofield and Perry defect law does not vary with pressure gradient, an explicit expression for the shear stress profile in any equilibrium layer can be derived. Predicted shear stress profiles show good agreement with experimental data. Limits for the flow parameters within which equilibrium boundary layers can exist are derived and it is shown that observed boundary layers fall within these limits. Results by previous workers are shown to be consistent with these limits. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE