Simplification of Dimensional Analysis

by C.C. Bowman,
V.E. Hansen,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 1, Pg. 67-74

Document Type: Journal Paper


Considerable simplification results when following steps are used singly or in combination: (1) special arrangement of variables in determinant form; (2) selection of repeating variables to represent dynamic, kinematic and geometric variables; dimensional analysis provides partial solution without revealing inner phenomena; dimensionless coefficients used to obtain similarity between model and prototype; example given of analyzing drag on ship.

Subject Headings: Dynamic analysis | Kinematics | Geometrics | Dynamic models | Drag (fluid dynamics) | Ships

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