Two-dimensional steady laminar flows past multiple thin blades positioned in near or exact sequence are examined for large Reynolds numbers. Symmetric configurations require solution of the boundary-layer equations alone, in parabolic fashion, over the successive blades. Non-symmetric configurations in contrast yield a new global inner–outer interaction in which the boundary layers, the wakes and the potential flow outside have to be determined together, to satisfy pressure-continuity conditions along each successive gap or wake. A robust computational scheme is used to obtain numerical solutions in direct or design mode, followed by analysis. Among other extremes, many-blade analysis shows a double viscous structure downstream with two streamwise length scales operating there. Lift and drag are also considered. Another new global interaction is found further downstream. All the interactions involved seem peculiar to multi-blade flows.
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