The 1991 IGTI Scholar Lecture: The Role of Laminar-Turbulent Transition in Gas Turbine Engines

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Robert Edward Mayle

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180

J. Turbomach 113(4), 509-536 (Oct 01, 1991) (28 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2929110 History: Received April 29, 1991; Online June 09, 2008


A critical study of laminar-turbulent transition phenomena and their role in aerodynamics and heat transfer in modern and future gas turbine engines is presented. In order to develop a coherent view of the subject, a current look at transition phenomena from both a theoretical and experimental standpoint are provided and a comprehensive state-of-the-art account of transitional phenomena in the engine’s throughflow components given. The impact of transitional flow on engine design is discussed and suggestions for future research and developmental work provided.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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