Exploratory investigation of laminar-boundary-layer oscillations on a rotating disk

Smith, Newell H
May 1947

Sinusoidal waves excited by random disturbances have been observed in the laminar boundary layer of a rotating disk at Reynolds numbers in a narrow range below the Reynolds number of transition. Their frequency was found to be approximately a constant times the velocity of the disk. The velocity of the waves at the radius of 11 inches was determined and found to be 0.2 linear velocity of the disk in a downstream direction, making an angle of approximately 14 degrees with the outward drawn radius vector.

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