Transonic and Boundary Layer Similarity Laws in Dense Gases

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M. S. Cramer

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0219

S. T. Whitlock

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

G. M. Tarkenton

Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712

J. Fluids Eng 118(3), 481-485 (Sep 01, 1996) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2817783 History: Received June 05, 1995; Revised March 25, 1996; Online December 04, 2007


We discuss the validity of similarity and scaling laws for transonic flow and compressible boundary layers when dense gas effects are important. The physical mechanisms for the failure of each class of scaling law are delineated. In the case of transonic flow, a new similitude based on a modified small disturbance equation is presented.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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