On the viscous flow near the trailing edge of a flat plate
At the present time, there exists no exact solution of the Navier-Stokes equations for the viscous flow past a finite body submerged in the uniform flow of fluid. The most satisfactory of the approximate solutions now available seems to be that for the flow past a flat plate set parallel to the uniform flow which is obtained on the basis of Prandtl’s boundary-layer theory. In fact, sufficiently accurate analytical expressions have been obtained for the skin friction at the surface and the total drag of the plate as well as the velocity distribution near the plate.
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