For a flat plate moving in a dilute polymer solution, effects on boundary-layer characteristics, shear stress, drag reduction and maximum drag reduction are considered for polymers which satisfy the Meyer-Elata law. Results are derived from a model in which the velocity profiles satisfy the law-of-the-wall and a velocity-defect law, and the polymer has no effect in the range in which the latter law is valid. It is also assumed that the polymer affects the law of variation of the mixing length, and a family of velocity profiles representing this effect is adopted. This model then yields a curve of maximum drag reduction as well as a two-parameter family of curves of drag reduction, consequences of the nonoverlapping or overlapping of the two velocity-profile laws. The results are compared with those of Granville for drag reduction, and with the predicted curve of Virk-Granville and an experimental result of Levy and Davis for maximum drag reduction.

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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Landweber, L
    • Poreh, M
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

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  • Accession Number: 00051214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1974 12:00AM