laminar flow

noun

Definition of laminar flow

: uninterrupted flow in a fluid near a solid boundary in which the direction of flow at every point remains constant — compare turbulent flow

Examples of laminar flow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vehicle’s blimpy shape and rear propeller are designed to create an aerodynamic phenomenon called laminar flow, in which the air travels in smooth layers over the craft. Rob Verger And Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The most daring aerospace innovations of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 The vehicle’s blimpy shape and rear propeller are designed to create an aerodynamic phenomenon called laminar flow, in which the air travels in smooth layers over the craft. Rob Verger And Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The most daring aerospace innovations of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 The vehicle’s blimpy shape and rear propeller are designed to create an aerodynamic phenomenon called laminar flow, in which the air travels in smooth layers over the craft. Popular Science, "The 100 greatest innovations of 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 We were shown into a room on the third floor where stood an old laminar flow hood, required for sterile work. Yair Reisner, Time, "Inside the Mission to Perform Bone-Marrow Transplants on Survivors of the Chernobyl Disaster," 24 Apr. 2020 Only a few exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations are known; these describe simple, laminar flows (and certainly not turbulent flows of any kind). Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 There's laminar flow, the consistent airflow across the surface that leaves a smooth wake, and turbulent flow, which leaves a rough, disturbed wake. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing Used Airplane Aerodynamics To Build a Better Golf Club," 14 Jan. 2016 Learn Bernoulli’s equation of laminar flow and what distinguishes a V-6 engine from an inline six. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "He failed high school chemistry and algebra. Now a doctor, he went to his alma mater to tell graduating seniors about success.," 18 June 2018 The aircraft design uses Honda's over-the-wing engine mount, developed on the original HondaJet, as well as a composite fuselage and natural laminar flow airfoil. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Honda's New Business Jet Has Longer Range—and a Toilet Seatbelt," 30 May 2018

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Laminar flow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laminar%20flow. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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