Relaminarisation of the Swept Wing Attachment-Line by Surface Suction

  • D. I. A. Poll
  • M. Danks
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It is now well established that the leading edge is a critical region for boundary layer transition to turbulence on a swept-back wing. Under the appropriate conditions, transition can occur on the attachment line itself (x=0) and this is particularly important since, in the absence of subsequent relaminarisation, full chord, turbulent flow on both upper and lower surfaces will be produced. It has been demonstrated in previous papers [1,2] that, for an impervious surface, the attachment-line transition process can be instigated at Reynolds numbers which are very much lower than those associated with linear (and non-linear) stability theory. Moreover, there is a very clearly defined lower boundary for the transition Reynolds number in the presence of large forcing disturbances. Large disturbances can take the form of surface roughness or they can emanate from the wing fuselage junction. Under these circumstances the transition process is commonly referred to as “attachment-line contamination” In the context of the laminar flow aircraft, attachment-line contamination is known to be a serious practical problem. Therefore, the determination of the effect of surface transpiration on attachment-line contamination

Key Words

attachment line relaminarisation suction 


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  1. [1]
    Poll, D.I.A.: Transition in the Infinite Swept Attachment-Line Boundary Layer, The Aeronautical Quarterly, Vol. XXX, November 1979.Google Scholar
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    Hall, P., Malik, M.R. and Poll, D.I.A.: On the Stability of an Infinite Swept Attachment-Line Boundary Layer, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series A,Volume 395, October 1984.Google Scholar
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    Spalart, P.: Direct Numerical Study of Leading-Edge Contamination, Paper No.5, AGARD CP438, October 1988.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. I. A. Poll
    • 1
  • M. Danks
    • 1
  1. 1.Aerospace Division, Manchester School of EngineeringUniversity of ManchesterManchesterEngland

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