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# I. Stokes Flow Past a Thin Screen. II. Viscous Flows Past Porous Bodies of Finite Size

## Citation

Shen, Cheng-Chung (1968) I. Stokes Flow Past a Thin Screen. II. Viscous Flows Past Porous Bodies of Finite Size. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/H3WJ-6N43. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:01112016-094200312

## Abstract

Part I

The slow, viscous flow past a thin screen is analyzed based on Stokes equations. The problem is reduced to an associated electric potential problem as introduced by Roscoe. Alternatively, the problem is formulated in terms of a Stokeslet distribution, which turns out to be equivalent to the first approach.

Special interest is directed towards the solution of the Stokes flow past a circular annulus. A "Stokeslet" formulation is used in this analysis. The problem is finally reduced to solving a Fredholm integral equation of the second kind. Numerical data for the drag coefficient and the mean velocity through the hole of the annulus are obtained.

Stokes flow past a circular screen with numerous holes is also attempted by assuming a set of approximate boundary conditions. An "electric potential" formulation is used, and the problem is also reduced to solving a Fredholm integral equation of the second kind. Drag coefficient and mean velocity through the screen are computed.

Part II

The purpose of this investigation is to formulate correctly a set of boundary conditions to be prescribed at the interface between a viscous flow region and a porous medium so that the problem of a viscous flow past a porous body can be solved.

General macroscopic equations of motion for flow through porous media are first derived by averaging Stokes equations over a volume element of the medium. These equations, including viscous stresses for the description, are more general than Darcy's law. They reduce to Darcy's law when the Darcy number becomes extremely small.

The interface boundary conditions of the first kind are then formulated with respect to the general macroscopic equations applied within the porous region. An application of such equations and boundary conditions to a Poiseuille shear flow problem demonstrates that there usually exists a thin interface layer immediately inside the porous medium in which the tangential velocity varies exponentially and Darcy's law does not apply.

With Darcy's law assumed within the porous region, interface boundary conditions of the second kind are established which relate the flow variables across the interface layer. The primary feature is a jump condition on the tangential velocity, which is found to be directly proportional to the normal gradient of the tangential velocity immediately outside the porous medium. This is in agreement with the experimental results of Beavers, et al.

The derived boundary conditions are applied in the solutions of two other problems: (1) Viscous flow between a rotating solid cylinder and a stationary porous cylinder, and (2) Stokes flow past a porous sphere.

Item Type: Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.)) (Engineering Science) California Institute of Technology Engineering and Applied Science Engineering Public (worldwide access) Wu, Theodore Yao-tsu Unknown, Unknown 21 May 1968 CaltechTHESIS:01112016-094200312 https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:01112016-094200312 10.7907/H3WJ-6N43 No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided. 9365 CaltechTHESIS INVALID USER 12 Jan 2016 23:15 05 Apr 2024 22:16

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