Turbulence measurements in a three-dimensional boundary layer in supersonic flow

Wolfgang Konrad, Alexander J. Smits

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Turbulence measurements were obtained in a three-dimensional supersonic turbulent boundary layer. A 20° curved fin was used to generate a three-dimensional compression of a boundary layer at Mach 3 in the absence of shock waves. Data include hot-wire measurements of five components of the Reynolds stress tensor. The results are interpreted in terms of the mean flow field history of the turbulence. It is demonstrated that in-plane curvature can have a strong stabilizing effect on the turbulence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Oct 10 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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