RESEARCH PAPERS: Additional Technical Papers

Symmetrical Laminar Channel Flow With Wall Suction

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B. K. Gupta, E. K. Levy

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

J. Fluids Eng 98(3), 469-474 (Sep 01, 1976) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448373 History: Received August 15, 1975; Online October 12, 2010


Entrance region solutions of the two-dimensional boundary layer equations are presented in terms of a convergent power series for steady, laminar, incompressible channel flow with uniform mass suction at the walls. The entrance solutions obtained using both uniform and parabolic velocity profiles at the inlet to the channel are compared to the solutions obtained from the similarity equations for a wide range of non-dimensional suction velocities (0 ≤ Rew ≤ 30). With a parabolic inlet velocity profile, the flow does not become fully developed for Rew > 7, except right at the downstream end of the channel (x = L). The similarity solutions are in good agreement with the entrance solutions over a reasonable length of the channel only for very small values of Rew . With a uniform inlet velocity profile, the flow does not become fully developed in the range 7 < Rew < 13, except right at x = L. In this case, the similarity equations should not be used to predict overall axial pressure variations except for very large values of Rew .

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