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Steady and unsteady 3-D interactive boundary layers

Smith, FT; (1991) Steady and unsteady 3-D interactive boundary layers. Computers and Fluids , 20 (3) pp. 243-268. 10.1016/0045-7930(91)90043-H.

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The paper describes theoretical and computational research on 3-D steady and unsteady flows at medium-to-high Reynolds numbers (Re), aimed at increasing understanding of 3-D separation and boundary-layer transition. Concerning steady 3-D flows first, an interactive-boundary-layer (IBL) formulation for 3-D laminar flow of an incompressible fluid over a surface-mounted obstacle is addressed computationally and compared with other methods at various Re. The computational approach is designed deliberately to capture the extra ellipticity present due to the three-dimensionality, making use of skewed shears in linear quasi-planar sweeps of the boundary layer and local updating in the 3-D interaction law. Results including separation are presented for a range of Re and obstacle heights, together with grid-effect studies, and comparisons are made, first with triple-deck predictions for high Re and, second, with an alternative IBL approach presented in a companion work. The latter and the current work together yield a broad agreement on predictions for the 3-D flow, stretching from the triple-deck through the IBL to thin-layer Navier-Stokes predictions, over a wide range of Re. Second, the computational approach is extended to unsteady 3-D flows, for the triple-deck limit including linear and nonlinear Tollmien-Schlichting waves. Results for small and non-small disturbances and comparisons are presented, showing fairly encouraging agreement between theory, computations and experiments. © 1991.

Type: Article
Title: Steady and unsteady 3-D interactive boundary layers
DOI: 10.1016/0045-7930(91)90043-H
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1299368
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