Boundary-Layer Interaction Theory

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A. F. Messiter

Department of Aerospace Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109

J. Appl. Mech 50(4b), 1104-1113 (Dec 01, 1983) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167193 History: Received March 01, 1983; Online July 21, 2009


Boundary-layer theory for flows at high Reynolds number fails locally in small regions with large gradients, where special solutions are required, with the pressure initially unknown. Examples include the flow near a discontinuity in surface geometry or near a separation point. During the past 15 years, local-interaction problems have been studied extensively for laminar flows, with particular attention to the description and prediction of separation, and a few examples have been worked out for turbulent flows. The basic ideas of asymptotic local-interaction theory are described, and applications are summarized for a variety of flows.

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