Three-Dimensional Effects in Boundary-Layer Transition: A High Reynolds Number Weakly-Nonlinear Theory

  • P. A. Stewart
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Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


We are concerned here with the development of Tollmien-Schlichting (T-S) waves in an incompressible flat-plate boundary-layer. Suppose that a small-amplitude 2-D T-S wave of frequency ω *. is introduced by a vibrating ribbon. It decays up to the lower-branch neutral position x0, and subsequently grows. If the initial amplitude is not too small, nonlinear effects then come into play, and the disturbance acquires significant three-dimensionality. This may take the form of a roughly-periodic spanwise variation of T-S amplitude (“peak-valley splitting”), together with the formation of a mean longditudinal-vortex system, as in the experiments of Klebanoff et al (1962). On the other hand, for lower disturbance amplitudes, the dominant three-dimensional components may be subharmonics of the primary 2-D wave — e.g. Kachanov and Levchenko (1984).


Vortex Pair Streamwise Vortex Oblique Mode Resonant Triad Main Deck 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Stewart
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity College LondonUK

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