Transition of Boundary Layer on Rotating Flat Plate

  • S. Masuda
  • K. Okamae
  • I. Ariga
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


This paper reports the results of an experimental investigation on transition of a boundary layer on a rotating flat plate in order to reveal the stabilizing and destabilizing effects of Coriolis acceleration and to obtain the quantitative expression of transition Reynolds number as a function of rotation number. Significant increase of transition Reynolds number of stabilized layer is found, which is more remarkable when the free stream turbulence level is low. Transition of stabilized layer begins with intermittent fluctuations similar to that of a stationary boundary layer but with clearer distinction of quiescent and fluctuating periods. Transition of destabilized layer is characterized by the gradual increase of frequency of velocity fluctuation.


Reynolds Number Velocity Fluctuation Rotation Number Stabilize Boundary Layer Skin Friction Coefficient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Masuda
    • 1
  • K. Okamae
    • 2
  • I. Ariga
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKeio UniversityYokohamaJapan
  2. 2.Mitsubishi Atomic Power Industries, Inc.TokyoJapan

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