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 Francis October 14, 2008 11:49

Re on a flat plate

Hi guys,

I am wondering how to calculate the Reynolds number on a flat plate, where the flow coming from the parallel direction of the plate. How to choose the charactistic length of it?

Many thanks,

 Jed October 14, 2008 11:54

Re: Re on a flat plate

How long is the plate? Rather, how long is the piece you are interested in?

 Francis October 14, 2008 11:57

Re: Re on a flat plate

Are you indicating the aspect ratio matters? Like a thin aerofoil?

 Jed October 14, 2008 12:22

Re: Re on a flat plate

The domain of interest is what matters. As you increase the size of the domain, the Reynolds number grows. So assuming the domain is (in principle) infinite, the answer to your original question is `anything you want'.

 Francis October 14, 2008 12:28

Re: Re on a flat plate

Isn't it like a thin aerofoil? Take the chord (thickness) of the flat plate for the characteristic length?

 Jed October 14, 2008 12:58

Re: Re on a flat plate

Maybe I misunderstood `plate'. I assumed you were just looking at flow near a formally infinite plane. If you have two sides, a positive thickness, and somewhere in the domain that the flow is not separated then the scales are not arbitrary.

 Francis October 14, 2008 13:58

Re: Re on a flat plate

Hhmmm, thank you Jed. We use "flat plate" quite a lot in the UK. :)

 Jed October 14, 2008 14:10

Re: Re on a flat plate

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/wind/val...rb/fpturb.html

If so, where is the thickness of the plate? You need to decide how far to the right your domain extends. That will define the length scale.

 Francis October 14, 2008 14:13

Re: Re on a flat plate

I get you, thank you very much.

 Louis October 14, 2008 16:47

Re: Re on a flat plate

Note also that for semi infinite flat plate models, people often refer to Rex (=U*x/nu), where x is the distance from the plate leading edge. You will see things like skin friction coefficient plotted as a function of Rex.

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