An Integral Method for Turbulent Boundary Layers on Rotating Disks

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S. Abrahamson, S. Lonnes

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

J. Fluids Eng 115(4), 614-619 (Dec 01, 1993) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910188 History: Received July 23, 1992; Revised January 07, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


An integral method for computing turbulent boundary layers on rotating disks has been developed using a power law profile for the tangential velocity and a new model for the radial profile. A similarity solution results from the formulation. Radial transport, boundary layer growth, and drag on the disk were computed for the case of a forced vortex frees tream flow. The results were compared to previous similarity solutions. The method was extended to a Rankine vortex freestream flow. Differential equations for boundary layer parameters were developed and solved for different Reynolds numbers to look at the net entrainment, boundary layer growth, and drag on the disk.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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