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FLUID MECHANICS - CASE STUDY

    Introduction


Problem Description
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In the oral portion his Ph.D. general exam, John is struggling to recall how to obtain the boundary layer profile for flow past an infinite flat plate. The location where the boundary layer begins its transition to turbulent is also needed. Could you help him out? The free stream water speed is 10 m/s.

   
  Questions

 

Determine the location where the boundary layer begins its transition from laminar to turbulent. Plot the laminar boundary layer profile.

   
    Approach


 
  • Assume the flow is steady, two-dimensional and laminar (i.e., Blasius' solution is valid).
  • Assume the water temperature is 16oC.