# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

March 2018, 17(2): 539-555. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2018029

## Subsonic irrotational inviscid flow around certain bodies with two protruding corners

 Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica, 6F Astronomy-Mathematics Building, No. 1 Sec. 4 Roosevelt Rd., Taipei 10617, Taiwan

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Received  February 2017 Revised  February 2017 Published  March 2018

We prove non-existence of nontrivial uniformly subsonic inviscid irrotational flows around several classes of solid bodies with two protruding corners, in particular vertical and angled flat plates; horizontal plates are the only case where solutions exists. This fills the gap between classical results on bodies with a single protruding corner on one hand and recent work on bodies with three or more protruding corners.

Thus even with zero viscosity and slip boundary conditions solids can generate vorticity, in the sense of having at least one rotational but no irrotational solutions. Our observation complements the commonly accepted explanation of vorticity generation based on Prandtl's theory of viscous boundary layers.

Citation: Volker Elling. Subsonic irrotational inviscid flow around certain bodies with two protruding corners. Communications on Pure & Applied Analysis, 2018, 17 (2) : 539-555. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2018029
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Left: a protruding corner in a solid (shaded). Center: horizontal plate; ${\boldsymbol{\rm{v}}}={\boldsymbol{\rm{v}}}_\infty$ is the trivial solution. Right: angled plate
Left: flow onto a vertical plate. Right: flow onto a body symmetric across the flow axis, with y extrema not attained in corners.
Streamlines around Kármán-Trefftz lens with interior corner angle $270^\circ$, deflection $\beta =20^\circ$. Top left: $\Gamma =0$. Top right: $\Gamma$ chosen to yield bounded velocity at trailing (right) corner; rotate by $180^\circ$ to get the corresponding diagram for the leading corner.
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