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Lower Branch Modes of the Compressible Boundary Layer Flow Due to a Rotating-Disk

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In this article, a theoretical study is pursued to investigate the structure of the lower branch neutral stability modes of three-dimensional small disturbances imposed on the compressible boundary layer flow due to a rotating-disk. Special attention is focused on to the short-wavelength stationary/nonstationary compressible crossflow vortex modes at sufficiently high Reynolds numbers with reasonably small scaled frequencies. Following closely the asymptotic framework introduced in [ 1] for the incompressible stationary modes, it is demonstrated here that the compressible modes having sufficiently long time scale can also be described by an asymptotic expansion procedure based on the triple-deck approach. Making use of this rational asymptotic technique, which rigorously takes into account the nonparallel effects, the asymptotic structure of the nonstationary modes is shown to be adjusted by a balance between viscous and Coriolis forces, and resulted from the fact of vanishing shear stress at the disk surface, as in the incompressible Von Karman's flow. As a consequence of matching successive regions in the asymptotic procedure, it is found that the wavenumber and the orientation of the compressible lower branch modes are governed by an eigenrelation, which is akin to the one obtained previously in [ 1] for the incompressible stationary mode and in [ 2] for the compressible stationary modes. The nonparallel influences are toward destabilizing all the modes, though the wall insulation and heating are relatively stabilizing for the modes in the vicinity of the stationary mode, unlike the wall cooling. The asymptotic compressible data obtained at high Reynolds number limit compares fairly well with the numerical results generated directly solving the linearized compressible system with usual parallel flow approximation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Hacettepe

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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