Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Some methods for flows past blunt slender bodies

E. O.  Tuck a1
a1 Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester 1

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It is suggested that the use of prolate spheroidal co-ordinates in certain problems involving slender bodies may lead to results which not only are more likely to be uniformly valid for blunt bodies, but in many cases require less complicated analysis than results obtained by standard methods which use cylindrical co-ordinates. The method is developed for a simple problem in potential theory and is then applied also to a problem in Stokes flow, yielding a procedure for obtaining the Stokes drag on a slender body of arbitrary shape. For comparison purposes, consideration is also given to the use of both cylindrical and di-polar co-ordinates, and as a by-product of the comparison of results on cylindrical and spheroidal systems some new simple formulae involving Legendre polynomials are obtained heuristically, and then rigorously proved.

(Published Online March 28 2006)
(Received September 4 1963)


1 Present address: David Taylor Model Basin, Washington, D.C. 20007.