Boundary Layer Calculation for Analysis and Design

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H. E. Weber

Pennsylvania State University Graduate Center, King of Prussia, Pa.

J. Fluids Eng 100(2), 232-236 (Jun 01, 1978) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448637 History: Received April 05, 1977; Online October 12, 2010


A simple, semiempirical method for calculating the laminar, transition, and turbulent boundary layer with arbitrary free stream pressure gradient is developed. Good correlation is obtained with data on general two dimensional turbulent flows, diffuser flows, and the cylinder in cross-flow. However only for the diffuser has the boundary layer flow been coupled with the potential core so that only the inlet conditions and geometry are required. In other cases the free stream velocity distribution must be known or calculable. Skin friction coefficient, momentum thickness Reynolds number, and free stream pressure gradient parameter correlation employs a simple lag theory. With the integral momentum equation the complete boundary layer parameters are obtained as functions of the distance along a surface.

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