Displacement effect of a three-dimensional boundary layer

Franklin K. Moore

A method is described for determining the displacement surface of known three-dimensional compressible boundary-layer flow in terms of the mass-flow defects associated with the profiles of the two velocity components parallel to the surface. The result is a generalization of the plane flow concept of displacement thickness introduced in order to describe how a thin boundary layer distorts the outer nonviscous flow. Numerical values are found for the known three-dimensional boundary-layer flow about a cone at a small angle of attack to a supersonic stream.

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