Asymmetric Boundary Layer on a Nonisothermally Heated Cone

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L.-S. Yao

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill. 61801

I. Catton, J. M. McDonough

Department of Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif. 90024

J. Appl. Mech 47(3), 467-474 (Sep 01, 1980) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3153715 History: Received July 01, 1979; Revised March 01, 1980; Online July 21, 2009


The development of a three-dimensional boundary layer along a heated cone is analyzed. The surface of the cone is heated under the condition of constant wall heat flux. The perturbation solution is obtained for the flow close to the leading edge where the buoyancy force can be treated as a higher-order effect. A finite-difference solution is obtained for the flow far downstream from the leading edge where buoyancy is one of the cominant forces. The numerical results clearly describe the boundary-layer development along heated cones of different cone angles as well as the heat transfer rate. Boundary-layer stability is briefly discussed in terms of the boundary-layer shape factor.

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