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An Experimental Investigation of the Stability of the Hypersonic Laminar Boundary Layer


Demetriades, Anthony (1958) An Experimental Investigation of the Stability of the Hypersonic Laminar Boundary Layer. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/7SR9-9M59.


NOTE: text or symbols not renderable in plain ASCII are indicated by [...]. Abstract is included in .pdf document. An experimental investigation of the stability of the hypersonic laminar boundary layer was carried out for the case of a flat insulated surface at zero angle of attack. The stream-wise amplitude variation of both "natural" disturbances (i.e., flow fluctuations existing naturally in the boundary layer) and of disturbances artificially excited with a "siren" mechanism was studied with the aid of a hot-wire anemometer. In both cases it was found that such small fluctuations amplify for certain ranges of the fluctuation frequency and the Reynolds number [...], and damp for others. The demarcation boundaries for the amplification (instability) zone were found to resemble the corresponding boundaries of boundary layer instability at lower speeds. A "line of maximum amplification" of disturbances was also found. The amplification rates and hence the degree of "selectivity" of the hypersonic layer were found, however, to be considerably lower than those at the lower speeds. The disturbances selected by the layer for maximum amplification have a wavelength estimated at about twenty times the boundary-layer thickness [...], which is appreciably longer than the corresponding wave-lengths for low-speed boundary-layer flow.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautics and Physics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Minor Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Lees, Lester
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1958
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-09232004-093013
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ID Code:3719
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Deposited On:23 Sep 2004
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