The high-speed transport of thin-sheet materials occurs in avariety of industrial processes. In this paper the method of matchedasymptotic expansions is used to solve the low tension, large-deflectionshape of a convected strip hanging under gravity. To leading order theequations for the deflection in the boundary layer and in the centre ofthe span are nonlinear. Previous treatments of this problem have notaccurately solved the leading-order equation within the boundary layer.The composite analytic solution of the full nonlinear equation isobtained and compares well with numerical solutions.
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