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skin friction

the friction acting on a solid body when it is moving through a fluid
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  • All formul on skin friction must at present be accepted with reserve.

  • skin friction, produced by the friction of the air with roughnesses of surface.

  • He objects to skin friction,5 and insisted upon me changing my fabric for one of a smoother surface, and that delayed me.

  • The whole upper vault is charged with pale krypton vapours, which our skin friction may excite to unholy manifestations.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • Well, yuh see, the propeller has to make the machine move through the air with the smallest amount of skin friction.

  • They are also for the purpose of increasing the perimeter of the pile and thereby gaining greater surface for skin friction.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • This seemed to indicate that the screw was working very well and that the skin friction must be very small indeed.

  • This is because the water adheres to the surface; in fact, the skin friction of a ship and its screw consumes fully 80 per cent.

  • skin friction, which is the drift produced by the friction of the air with roughness of surface.

  • Allusion has been made in this chapter to skin friction, but no value given for its coefficient.

skin friction in Science
skin friction  
See under drag.
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