Journal of Fluid Mechanics



An experiment on the adiabatic compressible turbulent boundary layer in adverse and favourable pressure gradients


J. E.  Lewis a1, R. L.  Gran a1 and T.  Kubota a2
a1 TRW Systems Group, Redondo Beach, California
a2 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

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lewis je   [Google Scholar] 
gran rl   [Google Scholar] 
kubota t   [Google Scholar] 
 

Abstract

A wind-tunnel model was developed to study the two-dimensional turbulent boundary layer in adverse and favourable pressure gradients with out the effects of streamwise surface curvature. Experiments were performed at Mach 4 with an adiabatic wall, and mean flow measurements within the boundary layer were obtained. The data, when viewed in the velocity transformation suggested by Van Driest, show good general agreement with the composite boundary-layer profile developed for the low-speed turbulent boundary layer. Moreover, the pressure gradient parameter suggested by Alber & Coats was found to correlate the data with low-speed results.

(Published Online March 29 2006)
(Received July 14 1971)
(Revised September 20 1971)



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