The thickness of the boundary layer for a fluid flowing over a flat plate at a point 20 cm from the leading edge is found to be 4 mm. The Reynolds num

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The thickness of the boundary layer for a fluid flowing over a flat plate at a point 20 cm from the leading edge is found to be 4 mm. The Reynolds number at the point (adopting 5 as the relevant constant) is:

1. 48400
2. 57600
3. 62500
4. 77600

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : 62500

Concept

Thickness of Laminar Boundary layer:

$δ = \frac{{5x}}{{\sqrt {R{e_x}} }}$

Where,

x = distance from the leading edge

Rex = local Reynold's Number = $R{e_x} = \frac{{ρ Vx}}{μ } = \frac{{Vx}}{ν }$

where, ρ = density of fluid in kg/m3, V = average velocity in m/s

μ = dynamic viscosity in N-s/m2 and ν = kinematic viscosity in m2/s.

Calculation:

Given, δ = 4 mm, x = 20 cm = 200 mm

then

$δ = \frac{{5x}}{{\sqrt {R{e_x}} }}$

$R{e_x} = {\left( {\frac{{5x}}{\delta }} \right)^2} = {\left( {\frac{{5 \times 200}}{4}} \right)^2} = 62500$