The Effects of Suction on the Nonlinear Stability of the Three-Dimensional Boundary Layer Above a Rotating Disc
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There exist two types of stationary instability of the flow over a rotating disc corresponding to the upper-branch, inviscid mode and the lower- branch mode, which has a triple deck structure, of the neutral stability curve. A theoretical investigation of the linear problem and an account of the weakly nonlinear properties of the lower branch-modes have been undertaken by Hall 1986 and MacKerrell 1987 respectively. Motivated by recent reports of experimental sightings of the lower-branch mode and an examination of the role of suction on the linear stability properties of the flow here we investigate the effects of suction on the nonlinear disturbance described by MacKerrell 1987. The additional analysis required in order to incorporate suction is relatively straightforward and enables us to derive an amplitude equation which describes the evolution of the mode. For each value of the suction a threshold value of the disturbance amplitude is obtained modes of size greater than this threshold grow without limit as they develop away from the point of neutral stability.
- Fluid Mechanics