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Title: Mechanism of wall turbulence in boundary layer flow
Authors: Dou, H.-S. 
Khoo, B.C. 
Keywords: Boundary layer
Energy gradient
Energy loss
Issue Date: 30-Jan-2009
Source: Dou, H.-S.,Khoo, B.C. (2009-01-30). Mechanism of wall turbulence in boundary layer flow. Modern Physics Letters B 23 (3) : 457-460. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The energy gradient method is used to analyze the turbulent generation in the transition boundary layer flow. It is found that the maximum of the energy gradient function occurs at the wall for the Blasius boundary layer flow. At this location under a sufficiently high Reynolds number, even a low level of free-stream disturbance can cause the turbulent transition and sustain the flow to be in a state of turbulence. This is an excellent explanation of the physics of self-sustenance of wall turbulence. The mechanism of receptivity for boundary layer flow can also be understood from the energy gradient criterion. That is, the free-stream disturbance can propagate towards the wall by the "energy gradient" process to cause turbulent transition, and the transition point in boundary layer can be moved forward towards the leading edge when the level of external disturbance increases. © 2009 World Scientific Publishing Company.
Source Title: Modern Physics Letters B
ISSN: 02179849
DOI: 10.1142/S0217984909018643
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