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Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics



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author = {Xu, H and Mughal, MS and Sherwin, S},
title = {Effect of a 3D surface depression on boundary layer transition},
url = {},
year = {2015}

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AB - The influence of a three-dimensional surface depression on the transitional boundary layer is investigated numerically. In the boundary layer transition, the primary mode is a Tollmien-Schlichting (TS) wave which is a viscous instability. These modes are receptive to surface roughness interacting with free stream disturbances and/or surface vibrations. In this paper, numerical calculations are carried out to investigate the effect of the depression on instability of the boundary layer. In order to implement linear analysis, two/three (2D/3D)-dimensional nonlinear Navier-Stokes equations are solved by spectral element method to generate base flows in a sufficient large domain. The linear analyses are done by the parabolic stability equations (PSE). Finally, a DNS calculation is done to simulate the boundary layer transition.
AU - Xu,H
AU - Mughal,MS
AU - Sherwin,S
PY - 2015///
TI - Effect of a 3D surface depression on boundary layer transition
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ER -