Journal article

On the asymptotic similarity of the zero-pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layer

MB Jones, TB Nickels, Ivan Marusic

JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

We investigate similarity solutions for the outer part of a zero-pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layer in the limit of infinite Reynolds number. Previous work by George (Phil. Trans. R. Soc. vol. 365, 2007 p. 789) has suggested that the only appropriate velocity scale for the outer region is U1, the free-stream velocity. This is based on the fact that scaling with U1 leads to a mathematically valid similarity solution of the momentum equation for the outer region in the asymptotic limit of infinite Reynolds number. Here we show that the classical scaling using the friction velocity also leads to a valid similarity solution for the outer flow in this limit. Therefore on this basis it is ..

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