Control of Laminar-Turbulent Transition for Skin Friction Drag Reduction

  • D. Arnal
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 369)


The objective of this paper is to discuss the possibilities of skin friction drag reduction in two- and three-dimensional flows. The discussion is restricted to low speed and transonic problems. The stabilizing or destabilizing effects of pressure gradient, heating/cooling and suction are explained and illustrated by experimental results obtained in wind tunnel or in free flight conditions. Wave cancellation techniques are also presented. An important part of the paper is devoted to the use of the linear stability theory as a practical tool for transition prediction.


Free Stream Velocity Roughness Element Laminar Boundary Layer Critical Reynolds Number Wind Tunnel Experiment 


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  • D. Arnal
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  1. 1.CERT-ONERAToulouseFrance

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