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UPDATED ANSWER Sorry, I interpreted your question too narrowly. Couette flow occurs without a pressure gradient, due to viscous drag from a boundary surface, and is laminar. If the drag force is increased the flow can become turbulent. If a transient inertial flow begins laminar I think it must remain laminar as it dies out, because the speed of flow ...


My understanding is as follows. Fluid passing the leading edge nearest to the surface is slowed by viscous forces between the surface of the body and the free stream. Adjacent layers of fluid in the stream consequently move relative to this reduced flow, and are hence affected by viscous forces themselves. The result is that the adjacent layers of fluid ...


I like the Darigol book that you mention. There is also Uriel Frisch, on Turbulence: The Legacy of Kolomogorov.

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