A Finite Difference Solution of the Two and Three-Dimensional Incompressible Turbulent Boundary Layer Equations

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W. F. Klinksiek

Bell Telephone Laboratories, Naperville, Ill.

F. J. Pierce

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

J. Fluids Eng 95(3), 445-458 (Sep 01, 1973) (14 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3447049 History: Received March 21, 1973; Online October 12, 2010


A modified Crank-Nicholson implicit finite difference formulation is presented for two and three-dimensional turbulent boundary layers. The turbulent stresses are treated after Prandtl’s early mixing length model. “Boundary layer like” assumptions result in only the streamwise and transverse stresses remaining. The specific empirical input is the Maise and McDonald mixing length model. Excellent agreement with two independent experiments is obtained for mean velocity field data. Both experiments included a plane of symmetry to provide a transverse coordinate initial condition.

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