Blasius Solution: Summary

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Key points from this module:
  • The boundary layer thickness can be described as the height in the y-direction where the velocity of the fluid in the boundary layer is equal to 0.99 of the free stream velocity.
  • The Blasius solution uses a similarity solution to determine the boundary layer thickness, as well as other parameters in boundary layer flow.
  • This solution can be used to find the velocity at any point in the boundary layer.
From studying this module, you should now be able to:
  • Determine the thickness of a boundary layer.
  • Find a velocity at any point in a boundary layer.
  • Calculate the boundary layer thickness as a function of the Reynolds number.