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Vortex Formation and Shedding from a Two-Dimensional, Thin, Flat Plate Parallel to the Free Stream


Bauer, Andrew Burkhard (1959) Vortex Formation and Shedding from a Two-Dimensional, Thin, Flat Plate Parallel to the Free Stream. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/K0ZD-XY10.


Vortex formation and shedding from the trailing edge of a two-dimensional, thin, flat plate parallel to the free stream is studied experimentally for the case of incompressible flow. Consideration of the classical boundary layer theory, the Karman vortex-street theory, the formation of the vortex centers, and some annihilation of vorticity in the free shear layers leads to an estimate of Strouhal number. This estimate is in reasonable agreement with experiment. The flow phenomena of a splitter plate mounted aft of the main plate and of a NACA 0012 airfoil are also observed experimentally and are found to be in essential agreement with applicable portions of the theory.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautical Engineering)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Roshko, Anatol
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1959
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-08112005-130544
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ID Code:3096
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Deposited On:11 Aug 2005
Last Modified:18 Oct 2023 16:30

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