Boundary Layer Flow over Elastic Surfaces book cover

Boundary Layer Flow over Elastic Surfaces

Compliant Surfaces and Combined Methods for Marine Vessel Drag Reduction

While other methods of drag reduction are well-known in marine R&D and ship design environments worldwide, compliant coating drag reduction remains less well-known and poorly understood. This important book presents cutting-edge techniques and findings from research sources not generally accessible by Western researchers and engineers, aiding the application and further development of this potentially important technology.

Beginning with an introduction to drag reduction that places the authors’ work on elastic surfaces and combined techniques in context, the book moves on to provide a comprehensive study of drag reduction through elastic coating with both flow and material properties considered. Coverage includes:

  • Experimental findings around coherent vortical structures (CVS) in turbulent boundary layers and methods of controlling them
  • Static and dynamic mechanical characteristics of elastic composite coatings, as well as new techniques and devices developed for their measurement
  • Combined methods of flow control and drag reduction, including the effect of injection of polymer solutions, elastic coatings and generated longitudinal vortical structures on hydrodynamic resistance

Intended as a reference for senior engineers and researchers concerned with the drag reduction and the dynamics of turbulent boundary layer flows, Boundary Layer Flow over Elastic Surfaces provides a unique source of information on compliant surface drag reduction and the experimental techniques around it that have shown measurable and repeatable improvements over recent years.

This compilation of research findings and new techniques developed for measurement will aid R&D engineers, naval architects and senior designers in their quest to achieve drag reductions that will deliver significant efficiency savings.


Research engineers, design engineers, naval architects and academics within marine engineering environments, including naval and defense institutions, marine research facilities, manufacturers of large marine vessels, etc.

Hardbound, 632 Pages

Published: October 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-394806-9


  • "The book provides and in-depth discussion on boundary layer flow, quoting over 500 references to illustrate how our understanding of the various factors involved has grown.  It will be of interest to researchers, naval architects and designers engaged in achieving drag reduction and thus the increased efficiency of propulsion which is needed to reduce harmful emissions."--Ship and Boat International, January/February 2013


  • Preface
    List of Symbols
    Chapter 1. Interaction of the Free Stream with an Elastic Surface
    Chapter 2. Types of Elastic Surfaces and Research of their Mechanical Characteristics
    Chapter 3. Turbulent Boundary Layer over Elastic Plate
    Chapter 4. Fluctuations of an Elastic Surface in Turbulent Boundary Layer
    Chapter 5. Experimental Investigation of Friction Drag
    Chapter 6. Hydrobionic meaning of the anatomy of fast swimming hydrobionts
    Chapter 7. Mathematical modeling of turbulent boundary layer with injection of polymer additives


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