Non-parallel stability of a flat-plate boundary layer using the complete Navier—Stokes equations

H. Fasel, U. Konzelmann

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Non–parallel effects which are due to the growing boundary layer are investigated by direct numerical integration of the complete Navier—Stokes equations for incompressible flows. The problem formulationis spatial, i.e. disturbances may grow or decay in the downstream direction as in the physical experiments. In the past various non-parallel theories were published that differ considerably from each other in both approach and interpretation of the results. In this paper a detailed comparison of the Navier—Stokes calculation with the various non-parallel theories is provided. It is shown, that the good agreement of some of the theories with experiments is fortuitous and that the difference between experiments and theories concerning the branch I neutral location cannot be explained by non-parallel effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-347
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Dec 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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