Accession Number:

ADA133769

Title:

Experimental Studies of Unsteady Phenomena in Boundary Layers,

Descriptive Note:

Annual technical rept. 1 May 82-30 Apr 83,

Corporate Author:

FLOW RESEARCH CO KENT WA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

The stability of decelerating boundary layer flow is investigated experimentally and numerically. Experimentally, a flat plate having a Blasius boundary layer is decelerated in an 18-m towing tank. The boundary layer becomes unstable to two-dimensional waves which break down into three-dimensional patterns, hairpin vortices, and finally turbulent bursts when the vortices lift off the wall. The unsteady boundary layer equations are solved numerically to generate instantaneous velocity profiles for a range of boundary and initial conditions. A quasi-steady approximation is invoked and the stability of local velocity profiles are determined by solving the Orr-Sommerfeld equation using Chebyshev matrix methods. Comparisons are made between the numerical predictions and the experimentally observed instabilities. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE