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laminar flow control
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laminar flow control[′lam·ə·nər ′flō kən‚trōl]
The removal of a small amount of boundary-layer air from the surface of an aircraft wing with the result that the airflow is laminar rather than turbulent; frictional drag is greatly reduced.
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Aircraft laminar flow control
. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics 1998, v.
Even with metal wings, the techniques used for making the airliners now flying are effective enough to conserve laminar flow further back on the wing "if we just shave the rivets a thousandth of an inch or so," says Richard Wagner, head of NASA Langley's laminar flow control