The effect of local polymer solution injection on the evolution of a flat-plate turbulent boundary layer has been investigated experimentally. Polyethylene oxide (PEO) solutions were injected through an inclined slot. The influence of polymer injection on boundary layer development downstream of the slot is assessed at three different concentrations (100 ppm, 500 ppm, and 1000 ppm) using planar velocity field and concentration measurements. A local drag reduction (DR) of up to 60% was obtained in the vicinity of the slot. A systematic change observed in the inverse of the von Kármán constant (k = 1/κ) with an increase in DR is used to define the sub-regimes of the high DR regime, and a linear relation between k and DR is shown to persist over a wide range of Reynolds numbers. The analysis of combined velocity and concentration measurements provides added insight into the associated changes in the boundary layer characteristics and the underlying flow physics.

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