We propose a new simple method of computing the drag coefficients of two-dimensional obstacles symmetrical to the main-flow axis at Reynolds numbers less than 100. The governing equations employed in this method are the modified Oseen’s linearized equation of motion and continuity equation, and the computation is based on a discrete singularity method. As examples, simple obstacles such as circular cylinders, rectangular prisms, and symmetrical Zhukovskii aerofoils are considered. And it was confirmed that the computed drags agree well with experimental values. Besides optimum shapes of these geometries, which minimize the drag coefficients, are also determined at each Reynolds number.

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