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Effect of heat transfer on stability and transition characteristics of boundary-layers

Department of Aerospace Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (Impact Factor: 2.52). 10/2004; 47(22):4697-4712. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2004.05.026

ABSTRACT Stability and transition problems of two dimensional boundary-layers with heated walls have been studied numerically using the linear stability theory. Incompressible stability equations have been modified to account for the variation of temperature dependent fluid properties across the layer. The equations obtained have been solved with an efficient shoot-search technique. Low speed flows of air and water have been analyzed with a wide range of heat transfer rates. In addition to the mean velocity profile characteristics, variable viscosity and density terms in the stability equations also have considerable influence on the results of the stability and transition analysis.

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