Axial eigenfunctions and inhomogeneous solutions for the three-dimensional Stokes system with an application to natural convection in a cylinder13;

Shankar, PN (2005) Axial eigenfunctions and inhomogeneous solutions for the three-dimensional Stokes system with an application to natural convection in a cylinder13;. Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Physik, 56 (2). pp. 254-272. ISSN 0044-2275

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Abstract

This paper presents two contributions to the analysis of three-dimensional slow viscous flows in cylinders of circular section. First the vector axial eigenfunctions for this geometry, namely those that satisfy homogeneous boundary conditions on the flat end walls, are derived. Secondly a method is presented to find particular solutions to the inhomogeneous Stokes equations in this geometry. These new results, together with some results obtained earlier, are used to analyse slow natural convection in a vertical cylinder completely filled with a viscous liquid. The fluid motion is generated by the differential heating of the walls of the cylinder. The natural convection flow field is shown to be a superposition of an inhomogeneous field, the fields generated by the vector eigenfunctions and a Stokes flow field. A by-product of this work has been the identification of constraints on the boundary data that have to be satisfied in order for the eigenfunction expansions to work; this knowledge will be useful when attempts are made to prove the completeness of these Stokes flow eigenfunctions

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: ENGINEERING > Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Division/Department: Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics Division
Depositing User: MS Jayashree S
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 24 May 2010 09:55
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/4211

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