Turbulent wake of a flat plate Academic Article uri icon


  • The Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations, together with the equations of the A- model of turbulence, are solved numerically in a large computational domain surrounding the trailing edge of a flat plate. The solutions extend from the boundary layer on the plate through the interaction zone around the trailing edge into the far wake. The results are compared with experiments, Albers theory of near wake, and solutions obtained previously with boundary-layer equations. Satisfactory agreement is found in all regions except that the rate of growth of the far wake is underestimated. The latter result reconfirms the well-known defect of the k- model. 1987 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • AIAA Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Patel, V. C., & Chen, H. C.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Patel, VC||Chen, HC

publication date

  • August 1987