# Is turbulent boundary layer thicker?

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## Is turbulent boundary layer thicker?

The time-averaged turbulent flat plate (zero pressure gradient) boundary layer velocity profile is much fuller than the laminar flat plate boundary layer profile, and therefore has a larger slope ∂u/∂y at the wall, leading to greater skin friction drag along the wall.

**What are the different layers of a turbulent boundary layer?**

The turbulent boundary layer is considered to consist of several regions characterized by their water velocity profile. These regions include the viscous sublayer, the log-law region, and the outer region (Fig. 7.2).

**Why is the turbulent boundary layer thicker?**

As the flow proceeds downstream of the flat plate the viscosity is able to slow down more and more fluid layers above the flat plate. This is what is called momentum transfer. And hence the boundary layer thickness increases as the fluid moves downstream.

### How is the boundary layer thickness defined?

as the mean location then the boundary layer thickness, defined as the point where the velocity essentially becomes u0 above the wall, can then be properly identified.

**Is turbulent boundary layer thicker than laminar?**

10–115 are (1) the turbulent boundary layer is much thicker than the laminar one, and (2) the slope of u versus y near the wall is much steeper for the turbulent case.

**Why is turbulent boundary layer thicker than laminar boundary layer?**

Due to the greater shear stress at the wall, the skin friction drag is greater for turbulent boundary layers than for laminar ones.

## What are the factors affecting boundary layer thickness?

The thermal boundary layer thickness is altered due to the presence of flow during boiling in microchannels. If the flow rates are high, the thermal boundary layer thickness is reduced. As a result, the ONB is delayed and the range of active cavities at a given superheat is also found to shrink (Fig. 2.2).

**Which are characteristics of a turbulent boundary layer as compared to a laminar boundary layer?**

There are two different types of boundary layer flow: laminar and turbulent. The laminar boundary is a very smooth flow, while the turbulent boundary layer contains swirls or “eddies.” The laminar flow creates less skin friction drag than the turbulent flow, but is less stable.

**What is Y+ in turbulent flow?**

y+ is a non-dimensional distance. It is often used to describe how coarse or fine a mesh is for a particular flow pattern. It is important in turbulence modeling to determine the proper size of the cells near domain walls. The turbulence model wall laws have restrictions on the y+ value at the wall.

### What is y * in turbulence?

Y+ is a ratio between turbulent and laminar influences in a cell, if Y+ is big then the cell is turbulent, if it is small it is laminar.

**What is the formula of boundary layer thickness?**

If the wall-to-wall distance, H, is less than the viscous boundary layer thickness then the velocity profile, defined as u(x,y) at x for all y, takes on a parabolic profile in the y-direction and the boundary layer thickness is just H/2.