Modeling the Wavevector-Frequency Spectrum of Boundary-Layer Wall Pressure During Transition on a Flat Plate

[+] Author and Article Information
M. A. Josserand

Thomson-Sintra, Cheminin des Travails, 06802 Cagnes sur mer, France

G. C. Lauchle

Penn State University, Applied Research Laboratory, P. O. Box 30, State College, PA 16804

J. Vib. Acoust 112(4), 523-534 (Oct 01, 1990) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930138 History: Received December 01, 1989; Online June 17, 2008


A spectral model for the wall-pressure fluctuations induced on a zero pressure gradient, flat, rigid surface by a transitioning boundary layer at low Mach number is developed in this paper. The central assumption used in this modeling is that the space-time statistics associated with the formation, convection, and interaction of turbulent spots in a naturally occurring boundary-layer transition are independent of the space-time statistics of the wall-pressure fluctuations that are induced by the turbulence in the individual spots. Space-time correlations for the spots were determined experimentally and semi-empirical formulae are developed to predict these correlations. Previously published statistical descriptions of turbulence-induced wall-pressure fluctuations are coupled with the spot statistics to arrive at the model for the wavevector-frequency spectrum of the transition region. The basic result suggests that the wall-pressure wavevector-frequency spectrum of a transitioning boundary layer is approximately that produced by a fully-turbulent layer weighted by the intermittency factor.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.






Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In