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Title: On two-dimensional linear waves in Blasius boundary layer over viscoelastic layers
Authors: Wang, Z. 
Yeo, K.S. 
Khoo, B.C. 
Keywords: Boundary-layer flow
Compliant walls
Viscoelastic layer
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Citation: Wang, Z., Yeo, K.S., Khoo, B.C. (2006-01). On two-dimensional linear waves in Blasius boundary layer over viscoelastic layers. European Journal of Mechanics, B/Fluids 25 (1) : 33-58. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This work concerns the direct numerical simulation of small-amplitude two-dimensional ribbon-excited waves in Blasius boundary layer over viscoelastic compliant layers of finite length. A vorticity-streamfunction formulation is used, which assures divergence-free solutions for the evolving flow fields. Waves in the compliant panels are governed by the viscoelastic Navier's equations. The study shows that Tollmien-Schlichting (TS) waves and compliance-induced flow instability (CIFI) waves that are predicted by linear stability theory frequently coexist on viscoelastic layers of finite length. In general, the behaviour of the waves is consistent with the predictions of linear stability theory. The edges of the compliant panels, where abrupt changes in wall property occur, are an important source of waves when they are subjected to periodic excitation by the flow. The numerical results indicate that the non-parallel effect of boundary-layer growth is destabilizing on the TS instability. It is further demonstrated that viscoelastic layers with suitable properties are able to reduce the amplification of the TS waves, and that high levels of material damping are effective in controlling the propagating CIFI. © 2005 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.
Source Title: European Journal of Mechanics, B/Fluids
ISSN: 09977546
DOI: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2005.04.006
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