A viscous fluid lies between two parallel plates which are being squeezed or separated. If the normal velocity is proportional to (1 − αt)−1/2 the unsteady Navier-Stokes equations admit similarity solutions. The resulting nonlinear ordinary differential equation is governed by a parameter S which characterizes unsteadiness. Asymptotic solutions for small S and for large positive S are found which compare well with those obtained by numerical integration. It is found that the resistance is proportional to (1 − αt)−2 but is not necessarily opposite to the direction of motion.

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