Fluid Dynamics

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 908–919 | Cite as

Receptivity of the inclined-cylinder attachment-line boundary layer to vortex perturbations

  • M.V. Ustinov


The receptivity of the boundary layer in the neighborhood of the attachment line of a cylinder inclined to the flow with respect to periodic vortex perturbations frozen into the stream is investigated. The problem considered simulates the interaction between external turbulence and the leading-edge swept wing boundary layer. It is shown that if the direction of the external perturbation vector is almost parallel to the leading edge, then the external perturbations are considerably strengthened at the outer boundary layer edge. This effect can cause laminar-turbulent transition on the attachment line at subcritical Reynolds numbers.


laminar-turbulent transition turbulence receptivity boundary layer swept wing 


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