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Mean Flow Measurements in Turbulent Boundary Layers along Mildly Curved Surfaces

Ramaprian, BR and Shivaprasad, EG (1977) Mean Flow Measurements in Turbulent Boundary Layers along Mildly Curved Surfaces. In: AIAA Journal, 15, NO. 2, FEBRUARY 1977 (2). pp. 189-196.

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Abstract

An experimental investigation of the mean flow characteristics of two-dimensional turbulent boundary layers over surfaces of mild longitudinal curvature is reported. The study covered both convex and concave walls of \d/Rw I « 0.013 (d being the boundary-layer thickness and Rw being the wall radius). It was found that, whereas the region close to the wall was not affected significantly by wall curvature, the outer region was very sensitive to even mild wall curvature. A detailed study of the wake region using present and other available data suggests a systematic effect of b/Rw on the wake structure. The paper also discusses in detail the effect of mild wall curvature on the boundary-layer development with particular emphasis on the difference in behavior of the boundary layer at short and long distances from the leading edge of the curved wall, an aspect which has not received sufficient attention in previous experimental investigations. An attempt has been made to explain this behavior from a consideration of the structure of turbulence in boundary layers over curved surfaces taken into account.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 09:29
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2010 09:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/24379

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