On the flow of air behind an inclined flat plate of infinite span

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dc.contributor.author Fage, A.
dc.contributor.author F. C. Johansen
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-21T12:03:21Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-21T12:03:21Z
dc.date.issued 1927
dc.identifier.other ARC/R&M-1104 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://reports.aerade.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826.2/1423
dc.description.abstract The general form of the flow behind an infinitely long thin flat plate inclined at a large angle to a fluid stream of infinite extent has been known for many years past. The essential features of the motion are illustrated in the smoke photograph given in fig. 1. At the edges, thin bands of vorticity are generated, which separate the freely-moving fluid from the "dead-water" region at the back of the plate; and at some distance behind, these vortex bands on account of their lack of stability roll up and form what is now commonly known as a vortex streett (see fig. 2). Various theories for calculating the resistance of the plate have also been advanced from time to time. One of the earliest is the theory at "discontinuous" motion due to Kirchbofft and Rayleigh, who obtained the expression for the normal force per unit length of the plate. More recently Karman has obtained a formula for the resistance of a plate normal to the general flow, in terms of the dimensions of the vortex system at some distance behind the plate. In spite, however, of these and other important investigations, much more remains to be discovered before it can be said that the phenomenon of the flow is completely understood. No attempt has hitherto been made, as far as the writers are aware, to determine experimentally, at incidences below 90°, the frequency and speed with which the vortices pass downstream; the dimensions of the vortex system; the average strength of the individual vortices; or the rate at which vorticity is leaving the edges of the plate. The present investigation has been undertaken to furnish iniormation on these features of the flow. en_US
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dc.publisher H. M. Stationery Office en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aeronautical Research Committee Reports & Memoranda en_US
dc.title On the flow of air behind an inclined flat plate of infinite span en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US

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