Boundary Layers and Fluid Layers

Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 94)


The presence of bodies and walls in a fluid flow results in the transfer of mass, momentum and heat, which occurs in addition to convection. These processesy sometimes develop next to the wall in a layer (called the “boundary layer”) which has a thickness that is much smaller than the characteristic size of the obstacle. The boundary layer can be either laminar or turbulent. Moreover, each transfer process can have its own particular boundary layer thickness. Chemical reactions can take place in the bulk of the fluid phase (in a flame for example) or at the wall (in heterogeneous reactions).


Boundary Layer Turbulent Boundary Layer Boundary Layer Thickness Schmidt Number Fluid Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Jean Le Rond d’AlembertUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie and CNRSParis Cedex 05France

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