Effect of suction and weak mass injection on boundary-layer transition Academic Article uri icon


  • The effects of normal mass injection and suction on boundary-layer stability and transition are studied on a flat plate. Titanium panels, in which 0.063-mm-diam holes were drilled on 0.635 mm centers, are inserted in the plate. Suction level and distribution are variable. Disturbances are introduced by means of a vibrating ribbon and measurements of both mean- and disturbance-flow velocities are made with a hot wire. Disturbance amplitudes are measured as a function of Reynolds number, frequency, and suction characteristics, and are compared with the previous results obtained over a Dynapore surface. Transition measurements under natural and forced conditions are also made. The stabilizing effects of suction are documented. It is also shown that very high local flow rates through the suction holes (which approach a hole Reynolds number of 300) do not destabilize the flow. On the other hand, weak blowing lowers the transition Reynolds number, but is found not to cause serious problems. 1986 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • AIAA Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Saric, W. S., & Reed, H. L.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Saric, William S||Reed, Helen L

publication date

  • March 1986