A Unified Model for Turbulent and Laminar Momentum Transfer: Channel Flow

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L. C. Thomas

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

C. R. Kakarala

The Babcock and Wilcox Company, Barberton, Ohio

J. Appl. Mech 43(1), 8-12 (Mar 01, 1976) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3423802 History: Received July 01, 1974; Revised September 01, 1975; Online July 12, 2010


An analysis of fully developed, turbulent transitional flow between parallel plates is presented which is based on the modeling of the burst phenomenon. This analysis gives rise to predictions for the mean velocity profile which are in agreement with experimental data near the wall for transitional turbulent flow in a channel with large aspect ratio. Furthermore, predictions for the mean periodicity of wall turbulence are in basic agreement with available data for tube flow.

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