The growth of the boundary layer behind a shock wave

  • H. G. Stever
  • E. A. Witmer
  • W. Herrmann


The time dependent growth of the laminar and turbulent boundary layers on the wall of a shock tube in shock-initiated flow was investigated experimentally by means of interferometric measurements. At a fixed point on the wall, a laminar layer is formed, grows, undergoes transition, and finally becomes a fully developed, and growing, turbulent layer. The laminar layer is observed to grow proportional to the square root of the time from the initiation of flow, as predicted by theory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. G. Stever
    • 1
  • E. A. Witmer
    • 1
  • W. Herrmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Aeronautical Engineering DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology CambridgeMassachusettsUSA

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