Review of swept-wing transition Conference Paper uri icon


  • 1997 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. This paper reviews the important recent progress in three-dimensional boundary-layer transition research. The review focuses on the crossfiow instability that leads to transition on swept wings with a favorable pressure gradient. Following a brief overview of swept-wing instability mechanisms and the crossflow problem, a summary of the important findings of the 1990s is given. The discussion is presented from the experimental viewpoint, highlighting the ITAM work of Kachanov and co-workers, the DLR experiments of Bippes and co-workers, and the Arizona State University (ASU) investigations of Saric and co-workers. Where appropriate, relevant comparisons with CFD are drawn. The recent (last 18 months) research conducted by the ASU team is described in more detail in order to underscore the latest developments concerning nonlinear effects and transition control.

published proceedings

  • 28th Fluid Dynamics Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Reibert, M. S., & Saric, W. S.

complete list of authors

  • Reibert, MS||Saric, WS

publication date

  • January 1997