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Turbulent boundary layer

  1. Apr 17, 2009 #1
    Hey, in my lecture notes, it states that at high Re numbers, the boundary layer becomes turbulent and friction drag increases.

    I am confused about why it is the friction drag that increases but not the pressure drag? I thought pressure drag is related to turbulence? It would make sense if the sentence states, at high Re numbers, the friction drag increases. This is because high Re number = less boundary layer = steeper velocity gradient = high sheer force = more friction drag but I just don't understand how friction drag would increase with turbulence in the boundary layer.


    Thank you in advance.
     
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