Any formula for approximating the boundary layer thickness around a cylinder?

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October 24, 2015, 02:00
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N B Khan
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Dear I am doing flow around cylinder.
How to calculate the Boundary layer in case of flow around cylinder. The above formula is for flat plate..is there any formula for flow around cylinder...

I know one option is that after getting solution, we can find boundary layer thickness from vel profile,,, but i am interested in to find BL before meshing..so that i can mesh it according to requuirement of Y+

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 Originally Posted by Captain Crossflow What kind of geometry are you considering? An airfoil? What exactly do you need the boundary layer thickness for? Visualization? For just visualizing the boundary layer for the flow around an airfoil you could use the total pressure, which is constant in the free stream and decreases inside the boundary layer. I only know of a 'direct' formula for calculating the boundary layer thickness for flat plate flow. For general flows you have to find the boundary layer edge by applying an appropriate criterion, e.g. reaching 99% of the velocity of the free stream. However, the boundary layer thickness as a representative value can be quite inaccurate because of the small velocity gradients at the boundary layer edge. Applying 99% or 99.5% as edge criterion can already result in a quite large difference. Integral boundary layer values (displacement thickness / momentum loss thickness) are in my opinion a better choice.

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