Numerical Solution of the Falkner-Skan Equation for Various Wedge Angles

The flow past a wedge is governed by the Falkner-Skan equation:

with and .

This equation admits only a numerical solution, which requires the application of the shooting technique.

This Demonstration plots the velocity for various wedge angles. The well-known Blasius equation appears as a particular case in this study; it represents the flow past a flat plate (when the wedge angle is zero). Planar stagnation flow is also treated by setting the wedge angle to .