Longitudinal curvature effects in turbulent boundary layers

V. C. Patel, F. Sotiropoulos

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It is generally accepted that even relatively small longitudinal surface or streamline curvature has a significant effect on transport of momentum and heat in turbulent boundary layers. A review is made of experiments that elucidate the effects of curvature and turbulence models which attempt to account for these effects. While the main body of the review is concerned with two-dimensional boundary-layer flow, as is much of the available literature, attention is drawn to the much broader role of curvature in three-dimensional flows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-70
Number of pages70
JournalProgress in Aerospace Sciences
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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