Separated turbulent flows exhibit instantaneous reversals of flow direction which make measurement of the velocity field extremely difficult. A three-wire heat-tracer technique has been employed to measure streamwise velocity of a low-speed air flow very near a smooth, solid wall; the wall shear stress is calculated using a similarity hypothesis. Initial results presented show the evolution of average wall shear stress and rms fluctuation intensity of wall shear stress in a reattaching 2-D flow downstream of a backward-facing step.

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