© 1993 American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerodynamics, Inc. All rights reserved.A Navier-Stokes/potential flow interactive solution method suitable for the solution of steady-state and unsteady flowfields around airfoils has been developed. The Navier-Stokes equations are solved in the close proximity of an airfoil and in its wake. The inviscid flowfield surrounding the viscous flow regions is assumed to be irrotational and isentropic. In the inviscid flow region, the potential flow equations, which are based on distributed sources and vortices, are solved. The two solutions are strongly coupled through the application of their boundary conditions. The strongly coupled Navier-Stokes/potential flow interactive solution methods confines computations to a small domain in the proximity of an airfoil. For steady flow solutions, the computational domain may be confined to a region which extends less than one-fifth of a chord length distance away from the airfoil surface. Computed solutions have the same accuracy as the full domain Navier Stokes solutions. Yet, as a result of the significantly reduced computational domain and increased convergence rates, the Navier-Stokes/potential flow interactive solution method is about 40% more efficient computationally.