The drag of an adiabatic flat plate in an ionized gas for a constant magnetic field applied to the boundary layer on the plate is found by a momentum integral approximation of von Karman. Laminar, two-dimensional flow, zero pressure gradient, small magnetic Reynolds number, and negligible electrical conductivity outside the boundary layer are assumed. The solution is valid in particular to a continuous, perfect-gas plasma, of unitary Prandtl number, and for conditions when the interaction parameter is very small. The solution shows the following effects: The adiabatic wall temperature is independent of the magnetic field; there is an increase in the boundary-layer thickness as the magnetic-field strength is increased; and the viscous drag coefficient decreases whereas the coefficient of total drag increases.

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