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

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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 .


Contributed by: Housam Binous (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



W. M. Deen, Analysis of Transport Phenomena, New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

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