Control of secondary instability of the crossflow and Görtler-like vortices (Success and problems)

  • Viktor V. Kozlov
  • Genrich R. Grek
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 549)


The secondary instability on a group of crossflow vortices developing in a swept wing boundary layer is described. It is shown that, for travelling waves, there is a region of linear development, and the growth rate of disturbances appreciably depends on the separation between the vortices. Methods of controlling the secondary instability of the vortices by a controlled wave and local suction are proposed and substantiated. The stability of a fiat plate boundary layer modulated by Görtler-like stationary vortices is described. Vortices were generated inside the boundary layer by means of roughness elements arranged in a regular array along the spanwise (z) direction. Transition is not caused directly by these structures, but by the growth of small amplitude travelling waves riding on top of the steady vortices. This situation is analogous to the transition process in Görtler and cross-flows. The waves were found to amplify up to a stage where higher harmonics are generated, leading to turbulent breakdown and disintegration of the spanwise boundary layer structure. For strong modulations, the observed instability is quite powerful, and can be excited “naturally” by small uncontrollable background disturbances. Controlled oscillations were then introduced by means of a vibrating ribbon, allowing a detailed investigation of the wave characteristics. The instability seems to be associated with the spanwise gradients of the mean flow, ∂U/∂z, and at all z-positions, the maximum wave amplitude was found at a wall-normal position where the mean velocity is equal to the phase velocity of the wave, U(y) = c, i.e., at the local critical layer. Unstable waves were observed at frequency well above those for which Tollmien-Schlichting (TS) waves amplify in the Blasius boundary layer. Excitation at lower frequencies and milder basic flow modulation showed that TS-type waves may also develop. Study of the transition control in that flow by means of riblets shows that the effect of the riblets is to suppress longitudinal vortex structures in a boundary layer. The boundary layer becomes stable with respect to high-frequency travelling waves, which cause the transition in the absence of the riblets.


Boundary Layer Root Mean Square Roughness Element Streamwise Vortex Stationary Vortex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viktor V. Kozlov
    • 1
  • Genrich R. Grek
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical and Applied MechanicsRussian Academy of Sciences, Siberian BranchNovosibirskRussia

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