AF14 - Experiment

BOUNDARY LAYER

An optional experiment module for use with the AF10 Air Flow Bench. For students to study boundary layers on rough and smooth flat plates. Includes a pitot to measure velocity profiles. Also allows experiments with pressure gradients.

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This module consists of a duct in which there is situated a flat plate. The flat plate is rough on one side and smooth on the other, providing different surface conditions for the formation of a boundary layer. To extend the experiments, removable duct liners can be added or removed to change the pressure gradient in the direction of flow. 

The total pressure (and thus velocity) at various distances from the plate surface is measured by a flattened Pitot tube which is positioned by a micrometer. The pitot tube connects to the AF10a manometer (ancillary) via a flexible tube fitted with a quick-release coupling.

  • Measurement of the velocity profile in laminar and turbulent boundary layers.
  • Measurement of the velocity profile in the boundary layer formed over both rough and smooth plates.
  • Measurement of the velocity profile in the boundary layer at various distances from the leading edge of the plate.
  • Effect of the pressure gradient on the boundary layer velocity profile.
AF10 - Base Unit

A fully mobile bench to provide basic airflow facilities to enable a wide range of practical airflow investigations. Suitable for demonstration, laboratory and project work at a basic level.

AF10A - Ancillary

A 14-tube multi-range water manometer for use with the AF10 Airflow Bench.

AF1300F - Experiment

A flat boundary layer model to illustrate the phenomena of boundary layer development and separation. For use with the AF1300 Subsonic Wind Tunnel.

AF1450F - Experiment

A flat boundary layer model to illustrate the phenomena of boundary layer development and separation. For use with the AF1450 Subsonic Wind Tunnel.