Flat plate drag in a micropolar fluid

W Edward Olmstead*, E. Ammicht, S. R. Majumdar

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The drag experienced in a micropolar fluid is investigated by considering uniform streaming past a flat plate. Some recent results on the fundamental solution of the Oseenlinearization of the micropolar flow equations are used to reduce the problem to that of solving a scalar integral equation. The integral equation is analyzed by the application of both asymptotic and variational methods. Results indicate that the drag experienced in a micropolar fluid always exceeds that found in the absence of any micropolarity; however one of the parameters which characterizes a micropolar fluid can be used to minimize the drag.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-112
Number of pages14
JournalActa Mechanica
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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