Perspective: On the Near Wall Similarity of Three-Dimensional Turbulent Boundary Layers (Data Bank Contribution)

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M. S. Ölçmen, R. L. Simpson

Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061

J. Fluids Eng 114(4), 487-495 (Dec 01, 1992) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910059 History: Received July 27, 1992; Online May 23, 2008


The possible existence of a “law-of-the-wall” similarity velocity profile for 3-D boundary layers was investigated using nine different proposed relations with the data from nine experiments carried out in 3-D turbulent boundary layers. Both for pressure driven and shear-driven flows, the “law-of-the-wall” relation of Johnston for the local freestream velocity direction component best applies. Although not well described by any relation, the crosswise velocity component of pressure-driven flows and shear-driven flows is best represented by Mager’s relation and Chandrashekhar and Swamy equation, respectively.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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