Chapter 11. Boundary-Layer and Turbulent Flow

11.0 Chapter Objectives

On completion of this chapter, a student should be able to:

  • Describe the concept of the boundary layer

  • Sketch the profile of a boundary layer for flow past a flat plate

  • Describe how the thickness of a boundary layer increases with distance from the leading edge

  • Calculate and use the Reynolds number to determine if the flow past a flat plate is in the laminar or turbulent flow regime

  • Explain the behavior of friction and drag for flows near the surface of a flat plate

  • Simplify the equation of continuity and the Navier–Stokes equations to model boundary-layer flow

  • Calculate the boundary-layer thickness, shear stress at the surface, and drag force for laminar flows past a flat ...

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