On the Lagrangian description of unsteady boundary layer separation. Part 2: The spinning sphere
Abstract
A theory to explain the initial stages of unsteady separation was proposed by Van Dommelen and Cowley (1989). This theory is verified for the separation process that occurs at the equatorial plane of a sphere or a spheroid which is impulsively spun around an axis of symmetry. A Lagrangian numerical scheme is developed which gives results in good agreement with Eulerian computations, but which is significantly more accurate. This increased accuracy, and a simpler structure to the solution, also allows verification of the Eulerian structure, including the presence of logarithmic terms. Further, while the Eulerian computations broke down at the first occurrence of separation, it is found that the Lagrangian computation can be continued. It is argued that this separated solution does provide useful insight into the further evolution of the separated flow. A remarkable conclusion is that an unseparated vorticity layer at the wall, a familiar feature in unsteady separation processes, disappears in finite time.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 May 1989
 Bibcode:
 1989STIN...8922861V
 Keywords:

 Boundary Layer Equations;
 Boundary Layers;
 Boundary Value Problems;
 Separated Flow;
 Unsteady Aerodynamics;
 Asymptotic Methods;
 Lagrange Coordinates;
 Symmetry;
 Wall Flow;
 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer