Mathematical results for slipping flows past a cylinder or a sphere embedded in a porous medium




Alshehri, Nada


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Flow past a circular cylinder or a sphere embedded in a porous medium is investigated mathematically by treating porous matrix as an incompressible fluid. Closed form analytic solutions for the fourth order scalar boundary-value problems for Ψ (r, θ) - known as the Stokes stream function - are obtained by using Navier-slip conditions. Our exact results for Ψ (r, θ) capture flow fields prevailing in the vicinity of a cylinder/sphere suspended in a uniform or a shear flow field. All the physical quantities computed from our solutions depend on two key parameters, namely, δ (the effective permeability) and ζ (slip coefficient). Flow separation and velocity overshoot behavior are found for certain values of δ and ζ. The force acting on the cylinder/sphere is calculated in each case. It is observed that the presence of slip decreases the force on the boundary. Our results show that in the limit δ -> 0, there is no solution to the two-dimensional boundary-value problem, confirming the familiar Stokes paradox


A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE in The Graduate Mathematics Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.


Applications of PDEs, porous media, fluid dynamics, slip flows past a cylinder, slip flows past a sphere, flows past a solid inclusions, Brinkman model, Navier-slip conditions, Stokes paradox.



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