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Figure 7: Instability growth rates predicted by DNS (black lines), coarse basic-state PSE (red symbols), and fine basic-state PSE (blue symbols)
  
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Application: Texas A&M Uses Pointwise Meshes for Boundary Layer Stability Analysis
Posted Tue June 25, 2013 @01:09PM
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Application Researchers at Texas A&M University are studying boundary layer stability to gain insight into how transitions from laminar to turbulent flow occur. Their research has applications from low-speed flows in which the laminar-turbulent transition location affects drag and flow separation characteristics to hypersonic flows in which the difference between low laminar and much higher turbulent heating rates can determine whether a space vehicle will successfully pass through the atmosphere or burn up on reentry.

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