Micro-fiber coating can be sprayed/taped over engineering surfaces. It functions to trip laminar flow to turbulent to reduce drag (like a dimple on a golf ball) and to reduce flow separation. Scientific questions arise from the correlation between the micro-fiber structures and boundary layer flow.
Currently this topics is done by Mitsu and Tatsu.
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- Hasegawa, M., Sakaue, H., “Microfiber Coating for Flow Control over a Blunt Surface,” Coatings, Vol. 9, No. 664; doi:10.3390/coatings9100664, 2019.
- Hasegawa, M., Sakaue, H., “Microfiber Coating for Drag Reduction by Flocking Technology,” Coatings, Vol. 8, No. 424; doi:10.3390/coatings8120424, 2018.
- Hasegawa, M., Sakaue, H., “Flow Control over a Circular Cylinder using Micro-Fiber Coating at Subcritical Regime,” AIAA paper 2018-0322, 2018.