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At the microscopic level, the smallest divisions of air located closest to the skin

of the airframe must be stationary relative the airframe. If we move along the

normal of the surface the tangential speed picks up and at a certain distance the

tangential speed becomes constant along the rest of the normal. This distance

constitutes the thickness of the boundary layer as shown in figure 2. The viscous

motion of the boundary layer is the source of the friction forces. The thickness

of this boundary layer is often small in comparison with other typical lengths in

the interface.

Figure 2. The boundary layer, tangential speed and viscous movement. The arrows are velocity vectors of
the air. A shows the profile and B the local enlargement with visible boundary layer.

Tomas Melin.

KTH, Department of Aeronautics.

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A Vortex Lattice MATLAB Implementation for Linear Aerodynamic Wing Applications.

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