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Stability of Laminar Wakes


Gold, Harris (1963) Stability of Laminar Wakes. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/X1TJ-MG72.


This investigation deals with the effects of compressibility on the hydrodynamic stability of wake flows. It is found that the effect of temperature is two-fold: (1), as the wake core temperature increases, the range of Mach numbers over which neutral and self-excited subsonic disturbances can exist also increases; (2) as long as the relative Mach number is below the critical Mach number the neutral inviscid wave number will decrease with increasing core temperature, implying that a hot wake will be more stable than a cool one. The analysis of Batchelor and Gill for the inviscid stability of axi-symmetric incompressible jets has been extended to the more general problem of compressible wakes and jets. It is shown that the results are directly analogous to those obtained for the two-dimensional problem. The sinuous (n = 1) mode is the most unstable allowable mode. This unstable mode is observed in a hypersonic wake.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Lees, Lester
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1963
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12212005-152513
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ID Code:5104
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Deposited On:22 Dec 2005
Last Modified:02 Jan 2024 23:54

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