Local nonsimilarity boundary-layer solutions

E. M. Sparrow, H. Quack, C. J. Boerner

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A new solution method for nonsimilarity boundary layers, applicable locally and independently of information from other stream wise positions, is described and implemented. The governing equations generated by the local nonsimilarity solution method are of the same type as those encountered in the treatment of similarity boundary layers. In addition to its local applicability, the utility of the new method is enhanced by its simplicity and directness, both in concept and in actual computations. Several nonsimilar velocity boundarylayer problems are solved herein with a view to illustrating the method, the participating nonsimilarities stemming from the freestream velocity distribution, surface mass transfer, and transverse curvature. On the basis of comparisons with available published information as well as of comparisons internal to the method itself, it may be concluded that the local nonsimilarity method provides results of high accuracy at all streamwise locations, except those near a point of separation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1936-1942
Number of pages7
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1970


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