Receptivity of the free shear layer developing from a 90-degrees rear-edge of boundary-layer plate to acoustic disturbances is examined experimentally to clarify the dependency of the receptivity coefficient on the rear-edge curvature. The results show that for finite rear-edge curvatures, the receptivity coefficient decreases with increasing the disturbance frequency while it is almost independent of the frequency for the sharp rear-edge over the frequency range examined. The decrease in the receptivity coefficient for the rounded rear-edge is attributed to the fact that the sound-induced Stokes layer which is the vorticity fluctuation developing into the free-shear instability mode is shed into the off-centerline of the separated shear layer.

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