Accession Number : AD0278682

Title :   THE MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC FLOW PAST A NONCONDUCTING FLAT PLATE IN THE PRESENCE OF A TRANSVERSE MAGNETIC FIELD

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LAB OF ELECTRONICS

Personal Author(s) : DIX,DONALD M.

Report Date : 09 JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The general character of the magnetohydrodynamic flow past a nonconducting flat plate in the presence of transverse magnetic fields is analyzed in some detail. The appropriate extension of the Rayleigh problem to the magnetohydrodynamic case is shown to yield solutions that correctly predict some features of the steady flow past a semi-infinite flat plate. Also, it is shown that the knowledge of these significant features permits an easy evaluation of their magnitudes in other extensions of the Rayleigh problem. The flow past a semi-infinite flat plate is analyzed by two methods. First, by linearizing the governing equations and incorporating the assumption of a low ratio of viscous-to-magnetic diffusivity, the results for skin friction and the normal component of magnetic field at the plate are obtained, and are shown to be useful in interpreting the character of these low conductivity flows. Second, the complete set of governing equations is formulated as a finite difference problem and solved numerically on a digital computer. The results obtained show that the disturbance produced by the plate is no long r confined to a thin viscous layer if the ratio of viscous-to-magnetic diffusivity is greater than 0.01 but that an appreciable Alfven type of disturbance is excited. (Author)

Descriptors :   LAMINAR BOUNDARY LAYER, SHEETS, TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE