The Gortler vortex instability mechanism in three-dimensional boundary layers

P. Hall

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The linear stability of the flow over an infinitely long swept wall of variable curvature is considered. If there is no pressure gradient in the boundary layer it is shown that the instability problem can always be related to an equivalent two dimensional calculation. However, in general, this is not the case and even for small values of the crossflow velocity field dramatic differences between the two and three dimensional problems emerge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-152
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Issue number1816
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987

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