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Ludwig Prandtl, a leader in fluid mechanics


This collection of biographical works is dedicated to the memory of Ludwig Prandtl on the occasion of his 125th birthday. Ludwig Prandtl, the founder of modern fluid mechanics in Germany, taught at the University of Göttingen for almost 50 years. Prandtl was born on February 4, 1875 in Freising, Bavaria. After beginning his university career in Hanover, he accepted an appointment at the University of Göttingen, where he also founded the Aerodynamic Research Institute (AVA), which still exists today as a DLR site. Among his staff and students were many well-known scientists, such as Ackeret, Betz, Blasius, Blenk, Busemann, Görtler, von Kármán, Ludwieg, Oswatitsch, Schlichting and Tollmien. His ideas and publications have influenced modern aerodynamics and fluid mechanics in many fields. Probably the most important contribution was the introduction of the term boundary layer for flows with a small influence on viscosity. But he also made important contributions in wing theory, for compressible flows, for wind tunnels and for experimental techniques. Even in meteorology, aeroelasticity, and plasticity, his basic approaches are still in use today.


Aerodynamics Aeroelasticity Buoyancy Biography Dynamics Fluid Dynamics Flow Boundary Layer Career Mathematics Mechanics Reynolds Number Flow Fluid Mechanics Hydrofoils

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Gerd E. A. Meier is director of the Institute for Fluid Mechanics at the German Aerospace Center.

Bibliographic information

  • Book TitleLudwig Prandtl, a leader in fluid mechanics
  • Book SubtitleBiographical articles on the work of Ludwig Prandtl
  • Editors Gerd E. A. Meier
  • DOIhttps: //doi.org/10.1007/978-3-322-90498-0
  • Copyright InformationVieweg + Teubner Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden2000
  • Publisher NameVieweg + Teubner Verlag
  • eBook PackagesSpringer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN978-3-528-02561-8
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-322-90499-7
  • eBook ISBN978-3-322-90498-0
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of PagesX, 330
  • Number of Illustrations100 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • TopicsEngineering, general
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