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Calculations of laminar viscous flow over a moving wavy surface

  • E. A. Caponi (a1), B. Fornberg (a1) (a2), D. D. Knight (a1) (a3), J. W. McLean (a1), P. G. Saffman (a1) (a2) and H. C. Yuen (a1)...

The steady, laminar, incompressible flow over a periodic wavy surface with a prescribed surface-velocity distribution is found from the solution (via Newton's method) of the two-dimensional Navier–Stokes equations. Validation runs have shown excellent agreement with known analytical (Benjamin 1959) and analytico-numerical (Bordner 1978) solutions for small-amplitude wavy surfaces: For steeper waves, significant changes are observed in the computed surface-pressure distribution (and consequently in the nature of the momentum flux across the interface) when a surface orbital velocity distribution, of the type found in water waves, is included,

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Journal of Fluid Mechanics
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