Natural Laminar Flow and Laminar Flow Control

  • R. W. Barnwell
  • M. Y. Hussaini

Part of the ICASE/NASA LaRC Series book series (ICASE/NASA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. R. D. Wagner, D. V. Maddalon, D. W. Bartlett, F. S. Collier Jr., A. L. Braslow
    Pages 23-71
  3. Bruce J. Holmes, Clifford J. Obara
    Pages 73-142
  4. Dan M. Somers
    Pages 143-176
  5. Philip Hall
    Pages 223-232
  6. D. M. Bushnell
    Pages 233-245
  7. Percy J. Bobbitt, William D. Harvey, Charles D. Harris, Cuyler W. Brooks Jr.
    Pages 247-411

About this book


Research on laminar flow and its transition to turbulent flow has been an important part of fluid dynamics research during the last sixty years. Since transition impacts, in some way, every aspect of aircraft performance, this emphasis is not only understandable but should continue well into the future. The delay of transition through the use of a favorable pressure gradient by proper body shaping (natural laminar flow) or the use of a small amount of suction (laminar flow control) was recognized even in the early 1930s and rapidly became the foundation of much of the laminar flow research in the U.S. and abroad. As one would expect, there have been many approaches, both theoretical and experimental, employed to achieve the substantial progress made to date. Boundary layer stability theories have been formu­ lated and calibrated by a good deal of wind tunnel and flight experiments. New laminar now airfoils and wings have been designed and many have been employed in aircraft designs. While the early research was, of necessity, concerned with the design of subsonic aircraft interest has steadily moved to higher speeds including those appropriate to planetary entry. Clearly, there have been substantial advances in our understanding of transition physics and in the development and application of transition prediction methodolo­ gies to the design of aircraft.


experiment flow laminar flow philosophy transport wave wind

Editors and affiliations

  • R. W. Barnwell
    • 1
  • M. Y. Hussaini
    • 2
  1. 1.Space Systems DivisionNASA Langley Research CenterHamptonUSA
  2. 2.ICASENASA Langley Research CenterHamptonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7703-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2872-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0939-2483
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