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Mechanics of transition in an axisymmetric laminar boundary layer on a circular cylinder

Rao, GNV (1974) Mechanics of transition in an axisymmetric laminar boundary layer on a circular cylinder. In: Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Physik, 25 (1). pp. 63-75.

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Measurements of the growth of artificially generated turbulent spots and intermittency distribution in the transition region on a circular cylinder in axial flow show that the instability Reynolds number of 11,000 has a marked effect on the properties. In particular, it is found that the spot production in the initial region when a single turbulent spot has not yet wrapped around the cylinder and the propagation is essentially two-dimensional, is significantly altered. But the transition in the downstream or latter region, where most of the turbulent spots propagate onedimensionally (like the turbulent plugs in a pipe), is not affected. When the radius Reynolds number is more than 11,000, the intermittency law in the initial region is essentially the same as in twodimensional flow on a flat plate and in the latter region it is the one-dimensional flow in a pipe, the demarcation between the two regions being quite sharp.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Physik
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2009 07:11
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:47
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/23857

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