An application of the von Karman-Millikan laminar boundary-layer theory and comparison with experiment

Von Doenhoff, Albert E
naca-tn-544
October 1935


The von Karman-Millikan theory of laminar boundary layers presented in NACA Technical Report No. 504 is applied to the laminar boundary layer about an elliptic cylinder on which boundary-layer and pressure-distribution measurements were made. An outline of the procedure of the von Karman-Millikan method is given. Good agreement is obtained between the calculated and experimental results, indicating that the method may be applied generally to the laminar boundary layer about any body provided that an experimentally determined pressure distribution is available. It appears that for all Reynolds Number above 24,000 the separation point for the elliptic cylinder should occur at a constant distance behind the point of minimum pressure, provided that the boundary layer does not become turbulent.

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