Linear Stability Theory Applied to Boundary Layers Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective of this review is to provide a critical evaluation of linear stability theory for wall-bounded shear flows, with an emphasis on results, not techniques. The results deal with applications to different flowfields related to aircraft systems. Because the flight condition is usually a low-disturbance environment, stability plays an important role in the transition process. Linear stability theory is not a new topic, so emphasis is placed on the most recent accomplishments.

published proceedings

  • Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Reed, H. L., Saric, W. S., & Arnal, D.

citation count

  • 316

complete list of authors

  • Reed, HL||Saric, WS||Arnal, D

publication date

  • January 1996