An Instrument for Skin-Friction Measurements in Thin Boundary Layers

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J. L. Nash-Webber

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; Northern Research and Engineering Corporation, Cambridge, Mass.

G. C. Oates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

J. Basic Eng 93(4), 571-575 (Dec 01, 1971) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3425311 History: Received February 05, 1971; Online October 27, 2010


A simple instrument for skin-friction measurements in adiabatic turbulent compressible boundary-layers is described. Its small size makes its use possible in very thin boundary layers. A universal calibration relation is given. A method of applying the instrument to obtain hitherto unavailable measurements of skin-friction in flows with finite pressure-gradient is proposed.

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