The steady boundary layer due to a fast vortex

Andrew J. Bernoff, Harald J.H.M. Van Dongen, Seth Lichter*

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A point vortex located above and convected parallel to a wall is an important model of the process by which a boundary layer becomes unstable due to external disturbances. Often it has been assumed that the boundary layer due to the passage of the vortex is inherently unsteady. Here we show that for a vortex convected by a uniform shear flow, there is a steady solution when the speed of the vortex cv is sufficiently fast. The existence of the steady solution is demonstrated analytically in the limit of large vortex velocity (cv→∞) and numerically at more moderate speeds. This solution may provide a useful base state about which to investigate the stability of a boundary layer induced by external disturbances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-162
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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