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Title: Linear stability of boundary-layer flow over compliant walls: effects of boundary-layer growth
Authors: Yeo, K.S. 
Khoo, B.C. 
Chong, W.K. 
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1994
Citation: Yeo, K.S.,Khoo, B.C.,Chong, W.K. (1994-01-01). Linear stability of boundary-layer flow over compliant walls: effects of boundary-layer growth. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 280 : 199-225. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The linear stability of boundary-layer flow over compliant or flexible surfaces has been studied by Carpenter & Garrad (1985), Yeo (1988) and others on the assumption of local flow parallelism. This assumption is valid at large Reynolds numbers. Non-parallel effects due to growth of the boundary layer gain in significance and importance as one gets to lower Reynolds number. This is especially so for a compliant surface, which can sustain a variety of wall-related instabilities in addition to the Tollmien-Schlichting instabilities (TSI) that are found over rigid surfaces. The present paper investigates the influence of boundary-layer non-parallelism on the TSI and wall-related travelling-wave flutter (TWF) on compliant layers. Corrections to the growth rate of locally parallel theory for boundary-layer non-parallelism are obtained through a multiple-scale analysis. The results indicate that flow non-parallelism has an overall destabilizing influence on the TSI and TWF. Flow non-parallelism is also found to have a very strong destabilizing effect on the branch of TWF that stretches to low Reynolds number. The results obtained have important implications for the design and use of compliant layers at low Reynolds numbers.
Source Title: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
ISSN: 00221120
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