Transverse Curvature Effects in Flows Along Corners and on Wavy Walls.

by K. Gersten, Joseph Francis Gross

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Investigates the special case of incompressible laminar flow in a corner and along a wavy wall. An asymptotic flow is used to illustrate the effects of wall curvature on the properties of the flow. Analytical expressions are obtained that relate skin friction and heat transfer at the wall to the inner curvature of the corner and the intensity of mass transfer at the surface. Comparisons are made with the flat plate in order to define a domain in which the solution to this simple theory would provide an adequate approximation. In general, the transverse curvature that results from the angle at the corner decreases with increasing velocity and with increasing waviness of the wall. 40 pp. Ref. (MM)

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