Analysis of Turbulent Flow Past a Class of Semi-Infinite Bodies

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A. M. Abdelhalim

Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB, Ohio 45433

U. Ghia, K. N. Ghia

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221

J. Fluids Eng 108(2), 157-165 (Jun 01, 1986) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3242555 History: Received November 21, 1983; Online October 26, 2009


This study was undertaken with the primary purpose of developing an analysis for flow past a class of two-dimensional and axisymmetric semi-infinite bodies. The time-averaged Navier-Stokes equations for these flows are derived in surface-oriented conformal coordinates (ξ, η) in terms of similarity-type vorticity and stream-function variables. Turbulence closure is achieved by means of a two-equation turbulence model utilizing the kinetic energy k and its dissipation rate ε which enable determination of the isotropic eddy viscosity. The coupled vorticity and stream-function equations are solved simultaneously using an incremental formulation of the factored alternating-direction implicit scheme. The turbulence equations for k and ε are solved by the standard ADI method. Numerical solutions are obtained for the thin flat plate and compared with available experimental and analytical data. Also, results are obtained for flow over a parabola and compared with the flat-plate results in order to assess the effects of longitudinal curvature on the flow results. Finally, solutions are obtained for flow past a two-dimensional semi-infinite body with a shoulder, at Red = 24,000. The computed results have the same general trend as the experimental data; possible causes for the differences within the separated-flow region are cited.

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