Primary instability of the three-dimensional boundary layer on a rotating disk introduces periodic modulation of the mean flow in the form of cross-flow vortices. The stability of this modulated base flow to secondary disturbances is studied. In a three-dimensional boundary layer the threshold primary amplitude for secondary instability is larger than that for a two-dimensional boundary layer. The secondary instability results in a pair of traveling counter-rotating vortices, tilted up and oriented at an angle to the primary cross-flow vortices.
AIAA, Fluid Dynamics, 21st Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Conference, 21st, Seattle, WA, June 18-20, 1990. 17 p.
- Pub Date:
- June 1990
- Cross Flow;
- Flow Stability;
- Three Dimensional Boundary Layer;
- Flow Visualization;
- Reynolds Number;
- Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer