Viscous modes within the compressible boundary-layer flow due to a broad rotating cone

P. D. Towers, Z. Hussain, P. T. Griffiths, S. J. Garrett

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We investigate the effects of compressibility and wall cooling on the stationary, viscous (Type II) instability mode within the 3D boundary layer over rotating cones with half-angle greater than 40°. The stationary mode is characterised by zero shear stress at the wall and a triple-deck solution is presented in the isothermal case. Asymptotic solutions are obtained which describe the structure of the wavenumber and the orientation of this mode as a function of local Mach number. It is found that a stationary mode is possible only over a finite range of local Mach number. Our conclusions are entirely consistent with the results of Seddougui 1990, A nonlinear investigation of the stability models of instability of the trhee-dimensional Compresible boundary layer due to a rotating disc Q. J. Mech. Appl. Math., 43, pt. 4. It is suggested that wall cooling has a significant stabilising effect, while reducing the half-angle is marginally destabilising. Solutions are presented for air.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-960
Number of pages21
JournalIMA Journal of Applied Mathematics (Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications)
Issue number5
Early online date29 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • compressible boundary-layer flow
  • rotating cone
  • Type II

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics


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