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Motion of a Current Element Through a Fluid of Low Electrical Conductivity


MacGillivray, Dean (1960) Motion of a Current Element Through a Fluid of Low Electrical Conductivity. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/B0AW-TR02.


Two-dimensional flow of an incompressible, viscous, electrically conducting fluid past a current element is studied. A solution in the form of an asymptotic development is obtained, valid as a certain dimensionless parameter (essentially the product of the electrical conductivity and the current) tends to zero. An expression for the drag on the current element is computed, and is found to be independent of viscosity.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Cole, Julian D.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1960
Additional Information:Thesis title varies in 1960 Caltech commencement program: Asymptotic Solutions for a Problem in Low Conductivity Magnetohydrodynamics
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12072005-131316
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ID Code:4828
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Deposited On:08 Dec 2005
Last Modified:07 Nov 2023 18:44

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