The structure of a supersonic turbulent boundary layer subjected to concave surface curvature

John F. Donovan, Eric F. Spina, Alexander J. Smits

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Abstract

This paper reports an experimental investigation of the instantaneous structure of a supersonic turbulent boundary layer (M = 2.86, Red= 82000) over a short region of longitudinal concave surface curvature. The radius of curvature was 12 initial boundary-layer thicknesses and the turning angle was 16°. Severe distortion of the boundary layer occurred, as evidenced by an alteration of the mean velocity profiles and an increase in wall shear stress of 125%. The large-scale organized motions in the boundary layer were significantly altered as illustrated by changes in the character of the mass flux ‘fronts’ (large gradients in the fluctuating streamwise mass flux).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume259
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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