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Contents

1.1 Introduction to the Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

1.1.1 What Chemical Engineers Do ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

1.1.2 How do Chemical Engineers Carry out the Process ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

1.1.3 Product and Service oriented disciplines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

1.1.4 Unit Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

1.2 Fluids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

1.3 Dimensions and Units, and Measurements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

1.3.1 Measurement errors and propagation of errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

1.4 Index Notation of Vectors and Tensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

1.4.1 Algebra with Index notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

1.4.2 Physical Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

1.4.3 Comparisons with Bold face notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

1.5 Velocity and Stress Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

1.5.1 Origin of surface forces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

1.5.2 Stress Tensor Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

1.5.3 Tutorial on Obtaining Local Stress Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

1.6 Dimensional Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

1.6.1 Steps for obtaining dimensionless groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

1.6.2 Example: Drag on a sphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

1.7 Fluid Statics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

1.7.1 Horizontal and Vertical forces, and Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

2.1 Types of flows and Methods of Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

2.1.1 System, Conservation Laws, and Control Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

2.2 Useful Theorems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

2.2.1 Reynolds Transport Theorem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

2.2.2 Divergence Theorem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

2.3 Fundamental Equations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

2.3.1 Continuity Equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

2.3.2 Derivation of Navier-Stokes Equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

2.3.3 Energy balance or Heat equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

2.3.4 Species Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

2.4 Boundary Layer Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

2.4.1 Integral Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

2.4.2 Laminar and Turbulent Boundary Layers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

2.4.3 Differential Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

2.5 Simple Viscous Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

2.5.1 Poiseuille and Couette Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

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2.5.3 Free surface flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

2.5.4 Wire Coating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

2.5.5 Tube flow of Power law fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

2.6 Creeping Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

2.6.1 Flow past a sphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

2.7 Inviscid flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

2.7.1 Stagnation point flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

2.7.2 Flow past a cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

2.7.3 Porous Media Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

2.8 Turbulent Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

2.8.1 What They Said . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

2.8.2 Origin of Turbulence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

2.8.3 Boussinesq Approximation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

2.8.4 Prandtl Mixing Length Hypothesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

2.8.5 Velocity Profiles in Turbulent Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

3.1 Mass Balances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

3.1.1 Multiport Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

3.1.2 Tank Draining: Unsteady Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

3.2 Momentum Balances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

3.2.1 Jet Impingement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

3.3 Energy Conservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

3.3.1 Energy Balance for a Flow through Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

3.3.2 Pumping Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

4.1 Pipe Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

4.1.1 Major loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

4.1.2 Minor losses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

4.1.3 Piping Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

4.1.4 Non-Circular Ducts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

4.2 Flow Past Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

4.2.1 Terminal (Settling) Velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

4.3 Fixed Bed of Particles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

4.3.1 Pressure Drop Calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

4.4 Fluidised Beds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Chapter 2

2.1.1 System, Conservation Laws, and Control Volume

Lecture 2.1 Control Volume Analysis in fluid flow is like Free Body diagrams in Mechanics

Concepts You Must Know

1. What is a system, how is it different from a control volume ?

2. Is a “control mass” equivalent to a system or a control volume?

3. What are the basic conservation laws that apply to a system?

The system is defined as an identifiable mass of a body. In thermodynamics we have closed and

open systems. Here we use system to identify with the closed system, in which there can be heat or

work transported in and out of the system, but there mass remains the same. It is also sometimes

called as a Control Mass (CM). For most engineering purposes, where there is no conversion of mass

to energy, it is easily possible to make a identification of a system.

The basic conservation laws applies to an identifiable mass, or a system.

• Mass Conservation

dMsystem

=0 (2.1)

dt

• Newtons second Law:

d(M V)system X

= Fα (2.2)

dt α

• Energy Conservation

dEsystem

= 0 (Isolated) (2.3)

dt

dEsystem

= Q̇ − Ẇ (Closed) (2.4)

dt

The conservation laws in the form presented above are applicable only for a isolated or closed

systems. But for most engineering interest involving fluid flow, it is not useful to consider an iso-

lated system, especially when we are interested in calculating the effects of flow on machinery, or

only a particular part of it. Therefore, we introduce models of flow, which consider the transport of

conserved quantities across a restricted volume. We call this volume as control volume (CV).

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Consider a case of a water tap connected to an overhead tank through a pipe. The control mass

or the system would be the entire identifiable mass of water, i.e., that in the tank, pipe, and the

bucket. This is of little use, if we were to find out the local effect of the force applied by water flow

in the pipe. We can instead consider a small cylindrical volume of fluid in the pipe, this would be

the control volume. But we have a problem here: The conservation equations, the only governing

equations that we know of the material, applies to the whole system. The goal then is to derive a

suitable form of the equations that applies to the control volume.

Control volume is a concept introduced in continuum mechanics. We are dealing with a limited

volume of a continuum of a fluid (of identifiable mass). The boundary of the volume is called the con-

trol surface. Some of these surfaces could be real, identifiable interfaces: such as the interface between

the fluid and the solid wall. Some surfaces are purely imaginary: such as any arbitrary cross-section

of the pipe. Identification of a control volume is an important step in the solution of fluid mechanics

problems. Many a times the choice can result in simpler algebra. Depending on how the volume is

taken we can have four different models of flow (see Figure 2.2). Note that we use the notation V or

v to denote velocities, and V− (with a cross) to denote volume.

In the following lecture we will derive relationships that will relate the derivatives of a system

to equivalent derivative terms that apply to a control volume of a continuum. These relationships,

in combination with the conservation laws are fundamental to fluid mechanics. These equations

can be applied to arbitrary control volumes. When the CV is a finite volume, such as that of an

equipment, the resulting equations are called as integral balances because it applies to the whole of

the equipment, and when the volume is differential elemental volume, we recover the differential bal-

ances of fluid flow, such as the Navier-Stokes equations. Integral balances are used to obtain gross

effects of the flow on the object it interacts with. Differential balances are used to obtain the detailed

continuum variables such as the velocity and stress profile.

Lecture 2.2. Reynolds Transport Theorem 41

V dV

Fixed in space

Moving with flow

dV

V

Lecture 2.2 Reynolds Transport Theorem and Divergence theorem are the two building blocks

for deriving equations governing fluid flow.

Concepts You Must Know

1. What derivatives does Reynolds Transport Theorem (RTT) relate?

2. Is RTT valid for arbitrary control volume ?

3. What is Divergence theorem in one dimension?

We first define some notation. Let P be a scalar conserved extensive quantity (one of mass,

momentum, or energy). We also define a corresponding scalar conserved intensive quantity φ. In

a given control volume (CV) V − , φ could in general vary with space and time φ = φ(x, y, z, t). The

extensive property for the entire CV is related to φ by

Z

PCV = − ρφ

dV (2.5)

CV

where ρ is the local mass density. Note that the quantities appearing in the numerator in the LHS of

Equations (2.1) to (2.4) are each an extensive conserved quantity. In the case of momentum, we have

three conserved quantities u, v, w, in each of the three coordinate directions x, y, z. The complete list is

given in Table 2.1. In order to interpret Equations (2.1) to (2.4) for a CV, we have to evaluate the LHS

of these equations for each of the CVs. Therefore we need an expression for

dPsystem

= ? (in a CV) (2.6)

dt

Here is where the Reynolds Transport Theorem (RTT) comes in.

Consider a identifiable mass of a fluid (control mass, or system) that is displaced in space and time,

as shown in Figure 2.3. For simplicity we consider a two dimensional figure, but the terms “area”

42 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Table 2.1: Conserved quantities in extensive and intensive form, as defined in Equation (2.5)

Equation Physical quantity P φ

(2.1) Mass M 1

(2.2) Momentum MV u = u, v, w

(2.4) Energy E e

n

V

V n

dA III

CV α dV

∆l

II System

t + ∆t

I

dA

CSIII

t

CSI

Figure 2.3: The system (identifiable mass) is displaced in time. The dashed line is the system bound-

ary and the shaded region with solid line boundary is the control volume. The System and Control

Volume coincide as ∆t → 0.

and “volume” will be used to identify the “edge” and “area”. Consider a fixed control volume shown

by the shaded region. If we track all the particles in the volume, then after a period ∆t they can be

identified to be present in a region in the neighbourhood (shown by the dashed curve in the figure).

When ∆t → 0, the system coincides with the control volume. The following identities apply

− CV = V

V −I + V− II (2.7)

− sys = V

V − II + V

− III (2.8)

= lim (2.9)

dt ∆t→0 ∆t

In terms of the individual region quantities

Psys (t) = (PI + PII )(t) = PCV (t) (2.11)

= lim + − (2.12)

dt ∆t→0

| ∆t

{z } | {z ∆t } | {z ∆t }

① ② ③

Z

∂PCV ∂

Term ① = = − ρφ

dV (2.13)

∂t ∂t

CV

Lecture 2.2. Reynolds Transport Theorem 43

For the second term ②, recognise that the term PIII is the total amount of P present in the volume III.

To find this we consider the dependence of a differential amount dP of the quantity P in the volume

−

dV

−

dPIII = φ ρ dV (2.14)

The volume dV− is swept by the system boundary from the boundary of the CV in the time interval ∆t.

This volume depends on the direction of the local velocity of the boundary V as well as its direction

n. From the “volume” of the parallelogram we have

− = dA ∆l cos α

dV

dV

Term ② can now be written from Equation (2.14), by integrating over the complete surface CSIII

Z Z Z

Term ② = dPIII /∆t = dA · V ρ φ = dA (n · V) ρ φ (2.15)

CSIII CSIII CSIII

A similar expression can be derived for ③ in CSI . The only difference being, in I the direction of V

and that of n are “opposite”, i.e., the expression for the differential volume will have a negative n to

keep the volume positive:

− = (dA (−n) · V)∆t

dV

Therefore we have,

Z Z Z

Term ③ = dPI /∆t = − dA · V ρ φ = − dA (n · V) ρ φ (2.16)

CSI CSI CSI

Combining all the three terms in Equations (2.13), (2.15), and (2.16) we get two equivalent expressions

for the Reynolds Transport Theorem

Z Z

dPsys ∂

= − ρφ +

dV dA · V ρ φ (2.17)

dt ∂t

CV CS

Z Z

∂

= − ρφ +

dV dA (n · V) ρ φ (2.18)

∂t

CV CS

Here we have used the complete integral over the control surface that bounds the control volume to

be Z Z Z

dA = dA + dA

CS CSI CSIII

Reynolds transport theorem basically is an expression for the rate of change of a conserved quan-

tity in a given system (or controlled mass) in terms of variables defined in a control volume (inside as

well as its surface). It simply says that the total derivative (ie, the system derivative) of a conserved

quantity is equal to the sum of that due to the partial time derivative in the CV and the net influx

in to the CV through the CS. Note that this form of the derivative is applicable to control volumes

that is fixed or moving with constant velocity with respect to a inertial frame of reference. We have

derived the model equation for the finite volume case. When the CV is fixed, the form of equation

is called as conservative form. In order to derive the differential form of the conservative equations,

we need to invoke the divergence theorem.

44 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

For any vector field F defined in the volume V − , divergence theorem relates the volume integral di-

vergence of the field to the surface integral of the normal component of the field.

Z Z

− (∇ · F) =

dV dA (n · F) (2.19)

CV CS

Zb

dx f (x) = F(b) − F(a)

a

dF

where dx = f (x), i.e.,

Zb

dF

dx = F(b) − F(a)

dx

a

Here the one dimensional integral over a line is reduced to a “sum” over the boundary points, ac-

counted for the direction. In two dimensions the divergence theorem will relate an integral over an

area to an integral over the peripheral edge (boundary). Along with Equation (2.19), the Reynolds

Transport Theorem (RTT) Equation (2.18) can be written as

Z Z

dPsys ∂

= − ρφ +

dV − (∇ · u ρ φ)

dV (2.20)

dt ∂t

CV CV

Note that the divergence includes the scalar terms ρ φ. We have also used u for the velocity in place of

V, for convenience of familiarity of the equations to be derived. These both are equivalent, and may

be used interchangeably. V is typically used when the velocity is evaluated on a surface (integral),

and u is used when it is evaluated in a volume (integral).

In order to derive the differential form of the governing equations, we consider an infinitesimally

small control volume, δV − , where the field variables ρ, φ, u are uniform in space. Applying RTT to this

volume we get

!

dPsys ∂

= −

ρ φ + (∇ · u ρ φ) δV (2.21)

dt ∂t

Lecture 2.3 The fundamental equations for the conserved quantities can be derived from the

conservation laws for the system and RTT

1. What are the integral and differential forms of the mass conservation law as applied to a con-

tinuum? What is the differential form called as?

We now have the general relationship between derivatives of a conserved quantity on a system

to that in a control volume, we can express the LHS of the conservation laws Equations (2.1) to (2.4)

on a control volume. This is used to derive the familiar equations of fluid mechanics, the derivation

of which you may be familiar with using a shell balance.

Lecture 2.4. Navier Stokes Equation 45

The continuity equation can be derived by using the mass conservation law and the RTT Equa-

tion (2.21). From Table 2.1, we see for P = M, φ = 1. Therefore we get Integral Form:

Z Z

dMsys ∂

= − ρ+

dV dA (n · V) ρ = 0 (2.22)

dt ∂t

CV CS

− can be simplified to

The differential form written for an elemental volume δV

∂ρ

+ ∇ · (u ρ) = 0

∂t (2.23)

∂t ρ + ∂ j (u j ρ) = 0

Lecture 2.4 Navier Stokes Equation is a “force balance”

Concepts You Must Know

1. What are the integral and differential forms of the Newton’s second law of motion as applied

to a continuum? What is the differential form called as?

2. Interpret each of the terms in the Navier-Stokes equation with respect to the term obtained

from the Newton’s Law.

In Equation (2.2), for P = MV, φ = {u, v, w}. We now have to identify the forces. The forces in

Equation (2.2) acted on the system. What are the forces acting on the control volume? Recall that the

implication of the differential equation is an instantaneous balance at time t, that is the LHS and RHS

of conservation equations are evaluated at time t. But at time t the system coincides with the control

volume. Therefore the forces acting on the system (that appear on the RHS) can also be taken to be

the forces on the control volume

X X

Fα = Fα

α sys α CV

F = FSurface + FBody

The total surface force can be obtained from Equation (1.55) by integrating over the control surface

(or the control volume, using divergence theorem):

Z Z

Fs = dA (n · σ) = − (∇ · σ)

dV (2.24)

CS CV

Z

FB = − ρg

dV

CV

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For simplicity we consider only one component of the momentum, viz., in the x-direction. For this,

from Table 2.1 we have P = Mu; φ = u. The integral form for the x-momentum conservation reads

Z Z Z Z

dMsys u ∂

= − ρu +

dV dA (n · V) ρ u = dA (n · σ) x + − ρg x

dV (2.25)

dt ∂t

CV CS CS CV

Note the usage of V, which is the surface velocity and the x-component of the velocity u. The x-

momentum integral depends not only on u, but also on the other components coming through the

dot product n·V. To derive the differential form of the momentum balance, we consider an elemental

control volume δV − inside which the field variables can be assumed to be uniform. We also use the

divergence form for the surface flux and the surface force to convert them to volume integrals. This

− , resulting in the differential form

will result in all the terms in Equation (2.25) being multiplied by δV

∂ρ u

+ ∇ · (V ρ u) = (∇ · σ) x + ρ g x (2.26)

∂t

or a more general form in index notation

∂t (ρ ui ) + ∂ j (u j ρ ui ) = ∂ j σ ji + ρ gi (2.27)

Notice the ease of conversion from a scalar form of u to ui : both denote a scalar component of a

vector, but the equations should be read as a collection of three equations as i = 1, 2, 3. The stress

tensor can be expanded in terms of the thermodynamic and viscous stresses σi j = −pδi j + τi j , to give

the Navier-Stokes equations (NSE).

∂t (ρ ui ) + ∂ j (u j ρ ui ) = −∂i p + ∂ j τ ji + ρ gi (2.28)

This LHS of this equation can be further simplified along with Equation (2.23).

∂t (ρ ui ) + ∂ j (u j ρ ui ) = ρ∂t ui + ui ∂t ρ + ρu j ∂ j ui + ui ∂ j (ρu j )

h : i 0

= ρ∂t ui + ρu j ∂ j ui + ∂tρ + ∂

j (ρu j ) ui

This gives another familiar form of the Navier-Stokes equations

D ui

ρ∂t ui + ρu j ∂ j ui ≡ ρ = −∂i p + ∂ j τ ji + ρ gi (2.29)

Dt

We will spend some time recalling how this equation was derived. The LHS came from the “mass

times acceleration” of Newtons second law (converted to control volume variables by RTT). The LHS

is therefore a term related to the acceleration of the fluid packet δV − , and is called as the inertial term.

The RHS is from the “sum of forces” acting on a elemental volume. ∂i p, or for simplicity ∂ x p is the

normal pressure difference (in x-direction) across a fluid packet. If the pressure gradient is non-zero,

then there will be a net normal force acting on the fluid packet. Similarly if there is an appropriate

gradient in the viscous stress, it leads to a net force. A simple illustration would be to consider

∂y τyx , 0, (stress acting on the horizontal surface) which will lead to a net force in the x-direction.

The last term is simply due to the gravitational force.

In the case of Newtonian fluids, the viscous stress is related to the local velocity gradients by

!

2

τi j = µ ∂ j ui + ∂i u j + κ − µ ∂k uk δi j (2.30)

3

where µ is the Newtonian (shear) viscosity and κ is called as dilatational viscosity, bulk viscosity, vol-

ume viscosity, or second viscosity. The bulk viscosity is identically zero for dilute mono-atomic

gases.

Lecture 2.5. Forms of energy 47

Lecture 2.5 The forms of energy can be simply stated to be potential and kinetic, each applied to

a microscopic and macroscopic systems.

In order to derive the continuum version of the energy equation, we need to identify the various

forms of energy associated with matter. Because energy is transferable among these various forms,

and only the sum total is conserved. There are various physical forms of energy: kinetic, potential,

thermal, gravitational, light, elastic, electromagnetic. However, all these can be simply categorised

broadly under two heads: Kinetic (energy due to motion) and Potential (energy due to interaction

with a force field). Remember the known force fields are just four: Gravitational, Electromagnetic,

Strong, and Weak nuclear forces. All the example energy forms cited above can be classified under

one of these heads.

The energy of the system Esys in Equation (2.4) therefore consists of

• Internal Energy, U (microscopic Kinetic and Potential)

• Macroscopic Kinetic Energy, M V 2 /2

• Macroscopic Potential Energy, M g · x

where the microscopic forms of energy have been clubbed in to one head called as the internal en-

ergy, U. In a macroscopic or a continuum system, the microscopic forms cannot be distinguished as

separate. The total energy is therefore:

MV 2

Esys = U + + Mg·x (2.31)

2

In terms of the specific local energy density e

Z

Esys = − ρe

dV (2.32)

CV

u2

e = Û + +g·x (2.33)

2

Here Û represents the internal energy per unit mass. This completes the identification of forms of

energy on the LHS of Equation (2.4). We now have to identify the constituent terms on the RHS.

The heat input to the system Q̇ can be due to two forms

• Surface transport (Molecular conduction), Q̇s

• Bulk (Radiation)

The surface term can be written as an integral over the system boundary (or the control volume

boundary, since they both coincide at time t).

Z Z

Q̇s = − dA n · q = − dA ni qi (2.34)

CS CS

qi is the local heat flux vector. Note that the -ve sign is so that the integral is positive when heat is

added to the system, ie, n (outward normal) and q are in opposite directions.

The work done by the system is due to the forms of work done by the system on its surroundings.

Some typical work are

48 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

• Due to Surface forces (normal and tangential) (Molecular origin), Ẇs

• Other forces: Electrical, Electromagnetic, Ẇother ,

We will ignore the other work for simple fluids (that do not carry any charge). The shaft work cannot

be quantified using the system variables, but only by the properties of the surroundings on which it

acts, so we retain the term as Ẇshaft . The surface work is very important. Remember that the system

is closed, but could be acted upon by surface forces. The system can change its shape against these

forces, therefore it does a work against these forces. The local rate of work done by an elemental area

is dF · V = dA Σi ui . Expanding the stress vector in terms of the local stress tensor and integrating over

the control surface, we get

Z Z

Ẇs = − dA n · σ · V = − dA n j σ ji ui

CS CS

Z (2.35)

=− dA (n j τ ji ui − ni ui p)

CS

The RTT for energy conservation can be written from Table 2.1 and Equation (2.17) as

Z Z

dEsys ∂

= dV− ρ e + dA · V ρ e (2.36)

dt ∂t

CV CS

Inserting this and expressions for the work done from Equation (2.35) and heat input from Equa-

tion (2.34) into Equation (2.4) we get

Z Z Z

∂

−

dV ρ e + dA · V ρ e = dA −ni qi + ni τi j u j − p ni ui − Ẇshaft − Ẇother (2.37)

∂t

CV CS CS

Z Z Z

∂

− ρe +

dV dA n · V ρ e = dA n · (−q + τ · u − p u) − Ẇshaft − Ẇother (2.38)

∂t

CV CS CS

Z Z Z

∂

− ρe +

dV − ∇ · Vρe =

dV − ∇ · (−q + τ · u − p u) − Ẇshaft − Ẇother

dV (2.39)

∂t

CV CV CV

Here we have ignored bulk heat input due to radiation. For further simpler forms of the equation

we will ignore the shaft and other forms of work. It is often convenient to take the pressure term to

the LHS, and writing the density ρ as reciprocal of specific volume V−̂ and simplifying we get:

Z Z i Z

∂ ∂ h ∂

− ρ e + dV

dV − −̂ = dV

ui ρ e + p V − −qi + τi j u j (2.40)

∂t ∂xi ∂xi

CV CV CV

When written for an elemental control volume δV − , as for the Navier-Stokes and continuity equations,

we get the differential form of the energy conservation equation for the continuum:

h i

−̂ = ∂i −qi + τi j u j

∂t (ρ e) + ∂i ui ρ e + p V (2.41)

Lecture 2.6. Species balance 49

Special forms of Energy Equation The form of equation given above is not suitable for most of the

heat transfer applications involving fluid flow. They can however be simplified. One of the most

common form is that expressed in terms of the temperature T . To obtain this, the mechanical energy

equation is subtracted from the above equation. The mechanical energy is not a conserved quantity,

but can be obtained from the momentum balance by multiplying each term by ui , and simplifying it

with the help of the continuity equation. The resulting equation, after subtraction, is the equation of

change for the internal energy: Internal energy equation (Total − Mechanical):

D Û

∂t ρÛ + ∂i ui ρÛ = ρ = −p∂i ui − ∂i qi + τi j ∂i u j (2.42)

Dt

D

Here we have expressed the LHS in terms of the substantial derivative, or the material derivative Dt.

For any scalar φ we can show using continuity equation that

h i h : i 0 Dφ

∂t (ρφ) + ∂ j (u j ρφ) = ρ ∂t φ + u j ∂ j φ + φ ∂

tρ + ∂

j (ρu j ) ≡ ρ (2.43)

Dt

We can make further simplifications to Equation (2.42), in terms of the thermodynamic function

enthalpy (per unit mass) Ĥ. In terms of Enthalpy,

D Û D Ĥ D p

ρ =ρ − (2.44)

Dt Dt Dt

∂V−̂

dĤ = c p dT + V−̂ − T dp (2.45)

∂t p

The most useful form of the energy equation is written in tems of the temperature, which is ob-

tained by substituting Equation (2.45) in Equation (2.44) and further in Equation (2.42). In terms of

Temperature:

DT ∂ ln ρ D p

ρ cp = −∂i qi + τi j ∂i u j − (2.46)

Dt ∂ ln T p D t

Simplified forms of Temperature Equation The temperature equation Equation (2.46) can be sim-

plified further for various special cases.

1. Ideal gas (p/ρ = R T/Mw , giving ∂∂ lnln Tρ = −1; qi = −k∂i T )

p

DT Dp

ρ cp = k∂2i T + µ∂i u j ∂i u j + (2.47)

Dt Dt

Dp ∂ρ

2. Constant Pressure System, Dt = 0 or Constant density system ∂T = 0 and Newtonian viscosity

DT

ρ cp = k∂2i T + µ∂i u j ∂i u j (2.48)

Dt

Lecture 2.6 Species balance is similar to continuity equation but written only for one particular

species

In the case of multicomponent systems, the chemical species is conserved as well. Chemical reactions

can take a species from one compound to another. In this case we can write a “mass” balance for a

species α alone.

Z

dMα

= ṙα where, Mα = dV − ρα (2.49)

dt sys

CV

50 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

The left hand side can be expanded by the Reynolds transport theorem, Equation (2.20), just as it was

done for the continuity equation, except that the local velocity of the control surface will be uα of that

P

of the species α, and not the mass averaged velocity u = α ρα uα /ρ .

Z Z

dMα ∂

= − ρα +

dV dA (n · uα ) ρα (2.50)

dt ∂t

CV CS

Adding and subtracting a term proportional to the mass average velocity u, we get for the species

balance an integral form

Z Z Z

dMα ∂

= − ρα +

dV dA [n · u] ρα + dA [n · (uα − u)] ρα = ṙα (2.51)

dt ∂t

CV CS CS

Differential Form of Species Balance The differential form is obtained, as before, by considering

an elemental volume δV− where the properties are uniform.

| {z }

jα

D ωα

∂t (ρωα ) + ∂i (ui ρ ωα ) = ρ = ∂i (ρ Dα ∂i ωα ) + ṙα (2.53)

Dt

where, Ficks law for diffusion flux has been used

jα ,i = −ρDα ∂i ωα (2.54)

Lecture 2.7 Problems in Process Fluid Mechanics can be taken to be two broad types: Macro-

scopic and Microscopic.

Problems in process fluid mechanics can be broadly classified under two categories: Macroscopic or

simply Macro-, and Microscopic or Micro-. Macro-problems deal with gross properties of the flow,

such as total drag, work done, energy requirement, equipment sizes, etc, without requiring to find

out the variation in the velocity and stress fields. Macro-problems are usually simple to solve math-

ematically, but may involve several unknowns, which need to be determined either by experiments

or by solving the microscopic problem. Micro-problems involve finding the detailed velocity and

stress fields and using them to calculate other properties, which might be used in macro-problems.

Micro-problems are often difficult to solve mathematically to obtain a closed form analytical solution.

In such cases, a numerical (or computational) solution of the microscopic equations are obtained.

Navier-Stokes equations accurately describes models the behaviour at the normal densities of New-

tonian fluids (only in very low densities, such as that of a plasma, or sudden variation density, as in

a shock wave, does it break down). In such cases, with the availability of computational power, the

computational route of solving the equation is fast emerging as tool to obtain the behaviour of the

fluids. This is called as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), where experimental conditions (geometry

and boundary conditions) are simulated on a computer, and the microscopic balance equations are

solved numerically.

Some macroscopic problems include

• Determination of a pump specification (RPM and size), and energy required to transport a fluid

across a height at a given flow rate.

• Determination of the pressure drop across a bed packed with solids through which a fluid has

to pass at a given flow rate.

Lecture 2.8. Introduction Boundary Layer 51

• Determination of the energy required to stir (agitate) a tank containing a liquid which is to be

mixed with other components, which may be a bubbling gas, another liquid, or solids (slurry).

• Determination of the rate at which a filter used to separate solids from a liquid can produce the

filtrate.

Microscopic problems are not “microscopic” in the strict sense of the word. We are still dealing

with continuum here. However, we need to find out how the velocity and stress fields vary or

develop inside (or outside) a solid object (equipment).

• Determination of the velocity profiles around a rough sphere (a cricket ball?) as it moves

steadily in a fluid.

• Determination of local heat transfer coefficient, which is dependent on the local velocity varia-

tions. A convective current towards the wall increases the heat transfer as well.

• Determination of net rate of reaction on a catalyst surface which is suspended (fluidised) in air

by its upward flow.

The equations derived in the last section can be applied to macro- as well as micro-problems. The

integral form (over the control volume) is used to set up a macro-problem and the differential form

is used to solve the velocity, stress, temperature and concentration fields. In the next lecture we will

consider an important concept in fluid mechanics, namely the boundary layer, in which both the

macroscopic and the microscopic methods will be applied.

Lecture 2.8 Boundary layers occur in High Reynolds number flows, close to a solid boundary

Concepts You Must Know

1. Boundary layers is a relatively small zone close to a solid surface, in which the velocities vary

rapidly in comparison with a slow variation just outside.

2. Boundary layers occur in high Reynolds number flows, i.e. when the viscous terms are negli-

gible in comparison with the inertial terms.

3. A laminar boundary layer is one in which the velocities are in streamlines.

4. A Turbulent boundary layer has velocities in all directions without any uniformity.

5. The requirement of a Boundary layer is the condition of no slip imposed on the solid surface.

6. The thickness of a Boundary layer (from the solid wall) can vary along the length of the flow,

often very slowly, and therefore a thickness is usually adopted by some convention.

7. The boundary layer influences the transport from the solid to the bulk and therefore is crucial

in determination of drag, heat transfer, and mass transfer coefficients.

It is convenient to start with what is known as a flat-plate boundary layer in which a fluid moving

at a uniform velocity (therefore laminar) approaches a flat plate whose normal is perpendicular to

the flow, as shown in Figure 2.4. At the up-stream end (leading-edge) of the plate the velocities are

uniform, and in the down stream, very far away from the plate the velocities is again uniform. Only

close to the plate there is a layer where the influence of the plate is felt. The plate exerts a drag on the

fluid (no-slip at the walls), which consequently influences (drags) other layers away from the plate.

The laminar boundary layer develops along the flow, and its thickness increases. The flow remains

viscous and laminar. Beyond a critical thickness, turbulence sets in: due to some disturbances in the

52 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

y

Buffer Layer

x δ Laminar Boundary Layer

Laminar sub−layer

Flat Plate

y a b

x δ

d c

Flat Plate

Figure 2.5: Compute net flow across control surface ab.

flow or roughness in the solid surface. The boundary layer, called as the turbulent boundary layer is

then dominated by turbulent patterns (3D flows, fluctuations, non-uniformity, eddies).

Even in the turbulent BL, a still smaller layer persists where the flow is still laminar. This layer is

called as the laminar sub-layer. This is important to heat and mass transfer because this is the region

of dominant resistance: There is no cross flow, and all the transport must occur through molecular

transport: diffusion and conduction. In between the viscous layer and the turbulent layer is a layer

known as the buffer layer, where the viscous and turbulent transport are equally important.

Lecture 2.9 Computing the net mass flow in a boundary layer problem.

Tutorial Example A flat plate of width 3 mm is approached by air (ρ = 1kg/m3 ) having an uniform

velocity of 2 m/s, as shown in Figure 2.5. Calculate the net mass flow rate across the surface

ab. Assume that the velocity inside the boundary layer is given by u/U = 2(y/δ) − (y/δ)2 , and

the boundary layer thickness at c is δ = 5 mm.

Given Data

ρ = 1 kg/m3

w = 3 mm = 3E−3 m

δ = 5 mm = 5E−3 m

U = 2 m/s

Governing Equations :

Lecture 2.9. Integral Analysis of BL 53

①

Z >

Z

∂

−ρ + dA (n · V) ρ = 0

dV

∂t

CV CS

Assumptions :

① Steady flow

② Laminar flow

③ FM convention for normal (outward)

④ Incompressible flow (constant ρ).

Detailed calculations : The integral over the control surface can be evaluated in four parts over the

four surfaces Z Z Z Z Z

= + + +

CS ab bc cd ad

Before evaluating each of the integrals, let us do a qualitative analysis of the problem. Why

should there be a flux across ab ? If at all there is one, in which direction will the net mass flow

be? The total mass flow across ad (uniform velocity) is more than that in bc (reduced from the

uniform). There is no flux of mass across cd (no-slip), therefore there must be a net out flux

across ab. This is only a guess, we could be wrong.

To evaluate the integral we need to know the variation of the local velocity vector V and the

normal n. We first choose the origin and direction of the coordinate system, as shown in Fig-

ure 2.5.

Across ab we do not know the velocity distribution (not given, so do not assume any). All we

can say is that u x = U across ab. We do not know about uy . Across bc, we only know u x , not uy .

Across cd, V = 0 because of no-slip, and finally across ad, V = {U, 0}. With this information and

with the direction of the local normal we can evaluate the four integrals

1. Across ab, n = {0, 1}, points in the y direction, so the only component that will matter is uy ,

but since this is not known, we denote the integral as the total mass flow rate

Z

ṁab ≡ dA uy ρ

ab

If it is positive (or negative) then the specific mass flux V is in the same (or opposite)

direction to the outward normal n, respectively.

2. Across bc, n = {1, 0}, and only u x matters. uy , even though unknown, does not contribute

to the integral. Substituting the given expression for the variation in the velocity and

integrating we get

Z Zδ !

y y 2 2ρ U w δ

dA u x ρ = w dy U ρ 2 − =

δ δ 3

bc 0

Note that since the outward normal and the velocity are in the same direction, this integral

evaluates to a positive quantity.

3. The integral over cd evaluates to zero because velocity is zero due to the no-slip boundary.

54 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

b

y

a

δ0 δ

x

d c

Flat Plate

Figure 2.6: Net mass flux across control surface ab.

4. The integral over ad also has contribution only from u x = U, however n = {−1, 0} in the

negative x direction. The part integral is given by

Z Z Zδ

dA (n · V) ρ = − dA U ρ = −w dy U ρ = −ρ U w δ

ad ad 0

Z Z Z

ṁab + + + =0

bc cd ad

we get,

2

ṁab = ρ U w δ − ρU wδ

3

1

= ρU wδ

3

Since the mass flux across ab evaluates to be positive, it (V) is in the direction of the normal n,

and there is a net out flux of mass from the surface ab, in agreement with our initial guess.

Symbolic Expression for the Unknown :

1

ṁab = ρU wδ

3

Numerical : Substituting the values the net mass flux out of the surface bc is

Lecture 2.10 There is a net influx of mass into the boundary layer

In the same situation as considered in the previous problem, consider a slightly different problem of

the mass flux across the boundary layer, as shown in Figure 2.6. In this problem we wish to find out

the net mass flux across the boundary layer. This is different in that when the control surface ab is

along the boundary layer, we get the net flux across the curved BL, and not a horizontal surface as

before.

To solve this problem, we consider two thickness δ0 at x = d and δ at x = c. The imaginary control

volume is enclosed by is abcd. Most of the derivation is same as that for the previous case. We will

Lecture 2.11. Integral Momentum for Boundary Layer 55

n α

b

V

dδ

a α

p(x+dx)

p(x) δ δ +d δ

dx

d c

x x + dx

τw

Figure 2.7: Combination of differential and integral analysis in Boundary Layer: Differential length

along x and finite length along y

only point out the difference here. We are still wish to obtain an expression for the mass flux across

ab, denoted by ṁab . The normal to this surface changes with x, but the following expression is still

correct

Z

ṁab ≡ dA n j u j ρ

ab

The difference is that we cannot write it in terms of known n j as before. The integral across bc and

cd are the same, but across ad, the integral is similar to that of bc but over a different boundary layer

thickness δ0 .

Z

2ρ U w δ0

dA u x ρ = −

3

ad

2

ṁab = ρ U w (δ0 − δ) (2.55)

3

Taking δ > δ0 as an observable fact, we find that ṁab < 0. Recall that mass flow rate is positive along

the direction of the outward normal (mass flux per unit area ρV is in the general direction of the

normal). Therefore the above equation implies ṁab < 0, and there is a net influx into the boundary

layer. This would seem immediately surprising, since we had just derived a relationship where there

was a flux outside surface ab. But on hindsight we can see that in the earlier case we had integrated

a flat velocity profile (upstream) against a deficient velocity profile (downstream). Here however, we

are comparing a more deficient (upstream) against a lesser deficient (downstream).

Lecture 2.11 The mass and momentum balances is done on a differential element along the di-

rection of flow and a finite length along the boundary layer thickness.

We will now carry out an analysis which is differential in one direction and integral in another. This is

particularly useful in interpreting some qualitative (but very important) features of boundary layers.

Consider control volume shown in Figure 2.7, which is a section of the boundary layer between

lengths x and x + dx, with the thickness going from δ to δ + dδ. We list the directions and magnitudes

56 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

of known vector quantities across the four surfaces. nab = {− sin α, cos α}, nbc = {1, 0}, ncd = {0, −1},

nad = {−1, 0} and Vab = {U, ?}, Vbc = {u, ?}, Vcd = {0, 0}, Vad = {u, ?}.

Applying the continuity equation to this system, and without assuming any specific velocity

profile (unlike the previous examples) the general expression for the mass flux across ab can be shown

to be

Z Z Z Zδ δ+dδ

Z

ṁab ≡ dA (n · V) ρ = − dA (n · V) ρ − dA (n · V) ρ = w dy ρ u − w dy ρ u (2.56)

ab ad bc 0 0

Here u denotes the x-component of the fluid velocity. The second term can be expanded in Taylor’s

series about x

δ

Zδ Zδ Zδ Z

∂ w dy ρ u dx = −w dx ∂

ṁab = w dy ρ u − w dy ρ u + dy ρ u (2.57)

∂x ∂x

0 0 0 0

Note the x-direction is a differential balance and the y direction is an integral equation.

For the integral momentum balance at steady state, we write down each of the terms from Equa-

tion (2.25). The surface integral on the LHS

Z Z Z Z Z

dA (n · V) ρ u = + + + (2.58)

ab bc cd ad

CS

The integral across the two surfaces ad and bc can be written, similar to the continuity equation, as

δ

Z Z Zδ Zδ Zδ Z

∂ w dy u ρ u dx = w dx ∂ dy u ρ u

+ = −w dy u ρ u + w dy u ρ u + (2.59)

ad bc ∂x ∂x

0 0 0 0

This is because, across ad and bc the only component in V that is effective is u, along the direction of

the normal. The integral over cd is zero as the velocities are zero. Across ab, we note the following.

The direction of the normal (the angle α) is not known a priori, and the velocity V over the surface has

both the components u and v non-zero in general. Therefore no simplification can be done on n · V.

However the other velocity u, appearing in the integral on its own, is equal to the local free-stream

velocity U on the boundary layer surface (by definition), therefore

Z Z

dA (n · V) ρ u = U dA (n · V) ρ = U ṁab (2.60)

ab ab

where the second equation has been obtained from Equation (2.57). Note that in general U = U(x)

can be a function of x outside the boundary layer. Only for a flat plate is it a constant. Even then,

for a differential element we can assume it to be a constant across ab. This completes the LHS of

Equation (2.25). Next we move on to the forces.

We neglect the body forces in the x-direction. For the surface force in the x-direction

Z Z

dA n j σ jx = dA (−pn x + n j τ jx ) (2.61)

CS CS

This implies p will contribute only in surfaces where n x is non-zero, namely on ab, bc, ad. On ab

n = {− sin α, cos α}, and assuming the pressure at the midpoint acts uniformly on the whole of ab, we

get

Z !

dx 1 ∂p

dA (−pn x ) = −w p(x) + dx (− sin α) (2.62)

cos α 2 ∂x

ab

Lecture 2.11. Integral Momentum for Boundary Layer 57

! 0

*

Z

dδ ∂p dδ

dA (−pn x ) = w dx p + O (2.63)

dx ∂x dx

ab

Across the other two surfaces the pressure term can be simplified to

Z Z ! !

∂δ ∂p

dA (−pn x ) + dA (−pn x ) = w δ p − w δ + dx p + dx

∂x ∂x

ad bc (2.64)

∂p ∂δ *

0

= −w dx δ − w dx p +Odx2

∂x ∂x

Combining the three integrals we have for the pressure force term

Z

∂p

dA (−pn x ) = −w dx δ (2.65)

∂x

CS

where, higher order derivatives have been neglected as the leading term in the final expression is

O (dx ∂ x p).

The viscous stress term can be expanded to give n x τ xx + ny τyx . For an incompressible fluid τ xx = 0.

So the only component we have to consider is the shear stress τyx , which has no effect on ad and bc

where ny = 0. On ab, ny is not zero, but outside the boundary layer ∂y u = 0, as u saturates to U.

Therefore τyx = µ∂y u = 0 on the surface ab. So the shear stress has contribution only in the bottom

surface cd, where ny = −1.

Z Z

dA n j τ jx = dA ny τyx ≡ −w dx τw (2.66)

CS cd

where τw is the local average wall shear stress over the length dx, defined by the above equation.

Combining the LHS (from Equations (2.58) to (2.60)), the expression for ṁab from Equation (2.57),

the pressure term Equation (2.65), and the viscous term Equation (2.66) we get

δ δ

Z Z

∂ ∂ ∂p

w dx dy u ρ u − U w dx dy ρ u = −w dx δ − w dx τw

∂x ∂x ∂x

0 0

δ δ

Z Z

∂ ∂ δ ∂p τw

dy u2 − U(x)

dy

u = − − (2.67)

∂x ∂x ρ ∂x ρ

0 0

This is the general momentum balance equation of the boundary layer, where there can be a variation

in the free stream velocity U(x), and the pressure p(x) outside the boundary layer.

1. When can τ xx have nonzero values?

2. List all the assumptions made when simplifying the momentum balance to the boundary layer

case in arriving at Equation (2.67)

58 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Lecture 2.12 Integral Momentum analysis across a boundary layer gives the scaling behaviour

of the boundary layer thickness and the wall drag with length.

Equation (2.67) can be simplified further for a flat plate boundary. In this case, the velocity distribu-

tion outside the boundary layer is uniform U(x) = U = constant. In the absence of velocity gradients,

the NSE Equation (2.29) shows that pressure distribution is uniform as well (∂i p = 0). From Equa-

tion (2.67) we then have

δ δ

Z Z

∂ ∂ dy u = − τw

dy u2 − U (2.68)

∂x ∂x ρ

0 0

To solve this integro-differential equation, we need to know the function u = u(x, y), which requires

the solution of the NSE Equation (2.29). However, we will adopt a simplified approach, but will get

some important qualitative predictions. We assume that the function u(x, y) can be written of the

form

!

y

u(x, y) = U f (x, y) = U f

δ(x)

! (2.69)

u y

ϕ≡ = f ≡ f (η)

U δ(x)

where the dependence on x is through δ, and η = y/δ (η is pronounced as /eeta/, and ϕ is a variant

of the normal φ /fai/) . This form is dimensionally consistent. On the LHS we have a dimensionless

number, it has to be a function only of dimensionless parameters, as the resultant has to be a number.

A function of this form is called as a similarity function, because the form of the function remains the

similar for all x. Though it is difficult to justify this assumption now, we take it as a plausible guess.

The momentum balance Equation (2.68) can be simplified as

Z1

dδ µ dϕ

dη ϕ (1 − ϕ) = (2.70)

dx δ U ρ dη η=0

0

∂u

τw = µ (2.71)

∂y y=0

We now assume a velocity distribution function that satisfies the boundary conditions:

y = 0, u/U = 0

y = δ, u/U = 1

y = δ, ∂y u = 0

u y y 2

ϕ= =2 − = 2η − η2

U δ δ

Substituting in Equation (2.70) we get

dδ 15 µ

=

dx δ U ρ

Solving for δ we get

30 µ

δ2 = x

Uρ

Lecture 2.13. Turbulent Boundary Layers 59

s

δ 30 µ 5.48

= ≅ √ (2.72)

x xU ρ Re x

This gives an important relation for the behaviour of δ: the boundary layer increases as the square

root of the distance from the leading edge. In other words, the dimensionless boundary layer thick-

ness at any length x from the leading edge, scales as the local Reynolds number power minus half.

What happens if we assume another functional form for ϕ? From Equation (2.70), we note that the

functional form only modifies constants in the equation. In general we will get

dδ µ

=C

dx δU ρ

where C is a constant. The functional form for δ still remains similar to Equation (2.72)

r

δ 2C

= .

x Re x

The dimensionless wall shear stress is also an important quantity for practical problems. In boundary

layer flows one would like to know the extent of viscous drag force exerted by the boundary on the

fluid. Important applications include, the drag on aeroplanes, cars, and ships, where boundary layers

play an important role. The wall shear stress is made dimensionless by the quantity 12 ρ U 2 (which is

the magnitude of the inertial terms in the equation of motion; more of this we will learn shortly), and

is called as the skin friction coefficient (“skin” refers to the drag due to the boundary layer which is

close to the solid surface like a skin)

τw

Cf ≡ 1

2

2 ρU

√

2 µ dϕ 4µ Re x 0.730

Cf = ≅ ≅ √

ρ U δ dη ρ U x 5.48 Re x

Even in the case of coefficient of drag, changing the functional form only changes the constant that

appears in the final equation.

Lecture 2.13 Experimental velocity profiles for turbulent flows yield a scaling of Re−1/5 instead

of Re−1/2 for δ/x and Cf .

For turbulent flows, the velocity profiles cannot be determined as closed form solutions. Instead, ex-

perimental observations are used. The nature of turbulent flow is strongly determined by the rough-

ness of the boundary. Turbulence occurs even in so-called “smooth” pipes, where the local rough

peaks is much smaller than the laminar boundary layer thickness. Here the size of the roughness

does not affect the turbulence. The velocity profiles in a smooth circular pipe can be approximated

by a power-law equation

u y 1/n

=

U R

where y is the distance from the wall, R is the pipe radius, and n is the power law index. We can

assume that for a flat plate boundary layer too the velocity has a similar form

u y 1/n

=

U δ

60 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

A value of n = 7 is commonly used. In order to find the scaling behaviour of the boundary layer

thickness and the skin friction coefficient, we can use this expression.

ϕ = η1/7

This will not be a problem in evaluating the integral terms appearing on the LHS of Equation (2.70),

however, the wall stress term will result in

dϕ 1

= (2.73)

dη 7 η6/7

which diverges for η = 0 (at the wall). Therefore we need to look for alternate expressions for the

wall shear stress. One way to obtain this is to use experimental correlations observed for a smooth

circular cross section pipe and use it for a flat plate. For a smooth pipe the wall stress is given by

the Fanning friction factors correlations, that relates the dimensionless wall stress to the Reynolds

number. This is empirically obtained from the Blasius equation

!1/4

τw −1/4 µ

fF ≡ 1 = 0.079 Re = 0.079 (2.74)

2 D Ū ρ

2 ρ Ū

where Ū is the mean velocity in the pipe. In order to use this expression for a flat plate, some

approximations have to be made. Firstly recognise that there is no mean velocity Ū for a flat plate.

The skin friction coefficient is given in terms of the maximum velocity outside the boundary layer U.

These two are related by

Z ZR

1 1 r 1/n

Ū = dA u ≈ dr 2 π r 1 −

π R2 π R2 R

0

For a power law velocity profile, assuming the profile to extend from wall to centerline (the viscous

boundary layer is small) the relationship can be shown to be

Ū 2 n2

=

U (n + 1) (2n + 1)

For n = 7 this evaluates to Ū = 0.817 U. The expression for τw can be written down in terms of the

Blasius equation Equation (2.116) as

!1/4

τw µ

1

= 0.0466

2ρ U

2 RU ρ

Assuming that this law applies to the flat plate boundary layer with R = δ, we get

!1/4

τw µ

1

= 0.0466 (2.75)

2ρ U

2 δU ρ

This expression is directly substituted in Equation (2.68), and the integrals on the LHS are evaluated

using the power law profile Equation (2.73) to give:

!1/4

7 dδ µ

= 0.0233

72 dx δU ρ

which can be solved for δ to give

δ

= 0.381 Re−1/5

x

x

The skin friction can be obtained from Equation (2.75)

Cf = 0.0593 Re−1/5

x

The boundary layer thickness for laminar and turbulent flows is compared in Figure 2.8.

Lecture 2.13. Turbulent Boundary Layers 61

0.04

Laminar

Turbulent

0.035

0.03

0.025

0.02

δ

0.015

0.01

0.005

0

0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1

x

Figure 2.8: Developing boundary layers as computed from the laminar and turbulent flow cases, for

Re x = 1E5 at x = 1.

62 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Deficient

Mass flow rate

y Equal

δ Areas

δ∗

x

Figure 2.9: Illustration of displacement thickness in an inviscid flow in which the mass flow rate

deficiency is equal to that in the boundary layer.

Lecture 2.14 Displacement Thickness is a convenient experimental measure of the local bound-

ary layer thickness when the velocity profiles can be measured.

From the analysis we have seen so far, we said that the boundary layer thickness is a distance from

the wall when the local velocity becomes equal to the free-stream velocity. In reality, the local velocity

u only asymptotically becomes equal to U, that is the variation is smooth and u → U as y → ∞. The

location of the boundary layer is dependent on the accuracy of measurement of the velocity u. As

the resolution of measurement increases, so does the specified thickness of the boundary layer! To

reduce this discrepancy in reporting, conventions such as u/U = 0.9 and u/U = 0.99, are adopted

as the edge of the boundary layer. Note that at smaller u/U, the discrepancy in δ arising due to

measurement accuracy in u is also less. There are alternate convenient measures of the boundary

layer that are not so much sensitive to single point values, and are a representation of several values,

such as an integral over the boundary layer: The displacement thickness δ∗ and momentum thickness

θ. In the channel flow case, since the boundary layer is developing, the displacement thickness also

changes along the direction of flow. The displacement thickness can be measured by measuring the

free stream velocity and the pressure (see Assignment problem).

Consider a flow past a flat plate shown in Figure 2.9 as an example. We studied in Lecture 2.9

that there is a net mass flow outside section ab, because there is a deficiency in the horizontal velocity

profile. A similar interpretation can be done for a local velocity profile, instead of a section. At any

section x, if the velocity profile is compared with a uniform flow, without any viscous (boundary

layer) effects, then there is a deficiency in the velocity profile. This means the total horizontal mass

flow rate across the local cross section (with depth w) is smaller than that present when there is no

boundary layer

Z∞ Z∞

dy w ρ u < dy w ρ U

0 0

Z∞

dy w ρ (U − u) (2.76)

0

This reduction in the horizontal mass flow rate can be thought of as a reduction in a inviscid flow

when the boundary is itself displaced by a distance δ∗ . The deficiency in the inviscid flow is

Z∞ Zδ∗

dy w ρ (U − U ∗ ) = dy w ρ U = ρ U δ∗ w (2.77)

0 0

Lecture 2.14. Displacement Thickness 63

Cross Section

Velocity

Profiles

δ∗

(Equations (2.76) and (2.77)) we get an expression for δ∗ in terms of the local velocity profile

Z∞

∗ u

δ = dy 1 −

U

0

δ∗ is a measure of the boundary layer thickness, which depends on the local velocity profile u and not

a single point value (such as u/U = 0.99). For example for a quadratic velocity profile we get δ∗ = δ/3.

The illustration of the displacement thickness is better illustrated in a fluid flow in a channel.

Consider flow in a channel as shown in Figure 2.10; for simplicity we take the channel to have only

top and bottom walls–and is infinitely wide down the depth. The actual velocity profile, with two

boundary layers on the top and bottom of the channel, is shown in blue colour. The red coloured

curve has the same amount of mass flow rate deficiency at each of the walls as does the blue curve.

Note that the red and blue curves have the same free stream velocity. The displacement thickness δ∗

is defined such a way that the loss horizontal of mass flow rate in the boundary layer is equal to the

same loss that happens in an ideal fluid with the same free stream velocity but with the boundary

displaced by δ∗ .

64 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Lecture 2.15 Ordering analysis is an method to obtain approximate solutions to algebraic and

differential equations.

So far we were only concerned with the general behaviour of the boundary layer thickness. We

assumed some general profile for the velocity in the boundary layer. In this section we seek the

exact solution of the velocity profile. For this we have to turn to the differential balance of mass and

momentum.

The governing differential equations of fluid mechanics, the Navier-Stokes equation, Equation (2.29)

is a non-linear equation in the velocity, because of the terms u j ∂ j ui . In some situations, this term is

identically zero, as in the case of unidirectional laminar flow and can be neglected in low Reynolds

number flows. But in most other situations this term is the origin of the difficulties in obtaining a so-

lution to the problem. Particular examples are boundary layer, diverging, converging, and turbulent

flows. In these situations there are two ways to obtain the solution: one is a numerical method and

the other is to use approximate methods. Here, we will introduce one such approximation technique,

which was initially applied to the viscous boundary layer problem. Similar techniques used in other

physical phenomena are also called as boundary layer solutions.

The basic idea is to obtain a simplified set of equations, for which exact solutions can be computed.

First the governing equations are simplified by neglecting terms. This renders the equations tractable

(meaning a solution can be obtained). The underlying assumption is that an exact solution to the

approximate equations is also an approximate solution to the exact equations. This is mostly true, and

is valid only in the parameter space where the approximations are valid, but there are interesting

counter examples where it fails (See Denn, 1980, Chapter 11, for example).

Example 1: Algebraic Equation We will illustrate the concept by a simple algebraic equation. We

consider determining the roots of a cubic equation

This solution to equation is equation is “formidable”, unless you can recall the formula for the cubic

roots, but you will see that an approximate solution can be obtained quickly and at the back of an

envelope! Though we know the solution to the roots of the equation (x = 2, −2.0005, 0.0005), we

will adopt an approximate scheme to simplify the equation and then obtain an exact solution to it

(approximated equation).

Firstly, we observe that there are some decimal numbers with some kind of insignificance. For

example, 4.001 ≈ 4, 0.002 ≈ 0 are some initial guesses. But such approximations need to be carried out

carefully. One way to do it is to try and parametrise the equation. In this case only one parameter is

required, let us call it as ǫ (pronounced /epsilon/). ǫ is a small parameter, we rewrite Equation (2.78)

as

x3 − (4 + ǫ) x + 2ǫ = 0 (2.79)

and in this case ǫ = 0.001. Some points about the expected solution are in order

• Since the complete problem is “difficult” to solve, we seek an approximate solution in the limit

ǫ → 0.

Lecture 2.15. Scaling and Ordering Analysis 65

2. Carry out simplifications of the equation

3. Seek an exact solution

4. Check if the solution is consistent with the initial guess.

We will use the notation O (.) (read as “order of”) to denote the asymptotic behaviour of a function,

for example:

1. x = f (ǫ) ∼ O (1) as ǫ → 0, meaning x approaches a constant of order unity.

2. x = f (ǫ) ∼ O (ǫ) as ǫ → 0, meaning x approaches zero in a similar rate as does ǫ. If we Taylor

expand the solution about zero, then the first term would be proportional to ǫ. Eg: sin ǫ ∼ O (ǫ)

but cos ǫ ∼ O (1).

3. x = f (ǫ) ∼ O 1ǫ as ǫ → 0, meaning x diverges to ∞ in a similar rate as does 1/ǫ.

f (ǫ)

lim = Constant

ǫ→0 ǫn

If f (ǫ) is written as a Taylor series in ǫ, then it would be

where fn and fn+1 are all constants. fn is called as the leading term or the dominant term in the

series. A pictorial illustration of the asymptotic behaviour of a function is shown in Figure 2.11.

5. If x ∼ O (ǫ), then x2 ∼ O ǫ 2 : it is the leading term in a product of two Taylor expansions.

6. So far we used O () for the asymptotic behaviour of dimensionless numbers x = f (ǫ) in terms

of some other small dimensionless number ǫ. For a dimensional physical quantity, O (.) is also

used to indicate the physical order of magnitude. When we say the velocity u is u ∼ O (1) m/s,

we imply that u is within one order of magnitude from 1 m/s, i.e., 0.3 m/s . u . 3 m/s. In a log

scale one order of magnitude represents one linear unit, and 3 ( ≈ 100.5 ) is approximately half

way between 1 and 10 orders. In linear scale just as we round off any 0.5 ≤ x < 1.5 as x ≈ 1, in

log scale or in physical order of magnitude analysis we say for any 3 ≤ u ≤ 30 as u ∼ O (10).

Let us carry out an asymptotic analysis of the Equation (2.79). In asymptotic analysis we have to

make a series of guesses if required (if we have not found all solutions, or if our guess is inconsistent)

1. Let x = f (ǫ) = O (1) as ǫ → 0, then the terms in Equation (2.79) have orders as under.

O (.) : 1 1 ǫ ǫ

Since ǫ ≪ 1, we can neglect the third and forth term in comparison with the first two and we

get

x−3 − 4x = 0

⇒ x (x2 − 4) = 0

which can be easily solved. x = 0 and x = ±2. The first solution is not acceptable according

to our assumption. as x approaches only a constant O (1). But the other two solutions are

consistent.

66 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

1

Function

Asymptotic

0.8

0.6

f (ǫ)

0.4

0.2

0

0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1

ǫ

2

Figure 2.11: Asymptotic behaviour of a function. Here the function is f (ǫ) = 1−e−ǫ and its asymptotic

behaviour is ǫ 2 . Close to zero, the asymptotic closely matches with the function.

Terms: x3 −4x −4ǫ x +2ǫ

O (.) : ǫ3 ǫ ǫ2 ǫ

Neglecting the first and third terms in comparison with the second and forth since (ǫ ≪ 1 ⇒

ǫ 3 ≪ ǫ 2 ) we get

ǫ

−4x + 2ǫ = 0 ⇒ x =

2

This is consistent with our initial assumption. We have therefore found out all the roots of the

equation.

The asymptotic roots of equation are: x = 2, −2, ǫ/2, with ǫ = 0.01. Compare this with the exact roots:

x = 2, −2.0005, 0.0005. The first root and the third roots are exact; the second root is also correct within

the order of the approximation used. When we assumed a root to be O (1), we had ignored terms of

O (ǫ), and 0.0005 = ǫ/2 is O (ǫ).

Lecture 2.16 Singular perturbations are asymptotic problems, where by the very nature of the

assumption of smallness, one of the solutions “lost”

Example 2: Differential Equation Now we will take up the case of a differential equation. We are

not considering a simple equation here but one that is called as a singular perturbation problem. In

this the small parameter multiplies the highest derivative, therefore the as ǫ → 0, if that term has to

be neglected then all the boundary conditions cannot be satisfied.

Consider the differential equation for u(x)

ǫ u′′ + u′ = 1 subject to u(0) = 0, u(1) = 2 (2.80)

′ du

where u denotes dx .

We are seeking solutions of the form u = u(x; ǫ) as ǫ → 0. For functions, u ∼ O (1)

implies at constant x, u = u0 (x) as ǫ → 0, without any leading dependence on ǫ. This means the

function u(x; ǫ) can be written as

u(x; ǫ) = u0 (x) + ǫ u1 (x) + ǫ 2 u2 (x) + . . . (2.81)

Similarly, u ∼ O (ǫ) implies we can expand the function u(x; ǫ) for all x as

u(x; ǫ) = ǫ u1 (x) + ǫ 2 u2 (x) + ǫ 3 u3 (x) + . . .

Lecture 2.16. Singular Perturbation 67

and

u(x; ǫ)

lim = u1 (x)

ǫ→0 ǫ

With this brief introduction to the asymptotic behaviour of functions, we begin the guess work for

the solution of the differential equation.

1. Guess u ∼ O (1). This implies u′ , u′′ ∼ O (1). This can be easily seen by taking the derivatives of

Equation (2.81). The orders of the terms at constant x in Equation (2.80) read:

O (.) : ǫ 1 1

that the second order differential equation has been reduced to a first order, and there is only

one boundary condition to be satisfied. The two possible solutions are

uouter = x (2.82)

uouter = x + 1 (2.83)

(2.84)

For the second boundary condition to be satisfied, the second order term must be retained in

the equation, and this cannot happen if u ∼ O (1). Let us try other possibilities.

2. Guess u ∼ O (ǫ), this gives u′ , u′′ ∼ O (ǫ). The order of each of the terms give.

O (.) : ǫ2 ǫ 1

u ∼ O (ǫ n ), for n > 1.

3. For u ∼ O (1/ǫ), we get u′ = 0, which again leaves out the highest order derivative, and leads to

a solution u ∼ O (1), inconsistent with the initial assumption.

So far we have been seeking solutions in a “parameter separated” form: ǫ and u(x) were occurring as

products in the solution. Another possible guess that is usually made is to assume a form in which x

and ǫ occur as products, and the solution is a function of this product. We seek solution of the form

u(x; ǫ) = u(X; ǫ)

1. We first guess X = x/ǫ. The new variable is X ∼ O (1), this implies the old variable is in the

range {0, ǫ}. The new variable is the “stretched” independent coordinate, as though we are

zooming in a small region ǫ close to zero (Compare Figure 2.12 and Figure 2.13). Next, we

guess u(X; ǫ) ∼ O (1) implying

x x (2.85)

= U0 + ǫU1 + ...

ǫ ǫ

so that x

u(x; ǫ) x

lim = U0 at constant

ǫ→0 ǫ ǫ ǫ

68 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Note that x/ǫ is kept constant, whereas earlier it was only x that was kept constant as ǫ → 0.

With this we have for the higher order derivatives of u from Equation (2.85) as

!

′ 1 ′ x

′ x 1

u (x) = U0 + U1 + H.O.T ⇒∼ O

ǫ ǫ ǫ ǫ

!

′′ 1 ′′ x 1 ′′ x 1

u (x) = 2 U0 + U1 + H.O.T ⇒∼ O 2

ǫ ǫ ǫ ǫ ǫ

Carrying out a balance of terms of equal magnitude in Equation (2.80)

1 1

O (.) : ǫ ǫ 1

we get

u′′ + u′ = 0

This solution to this equation is sought in the stretched independent coordinate (because the

equation is valid only under that assumption)

x

X≡

ǫ

which gives a solution

uinner = −A e−X + C

This solution is consistent with our initial assumption u(X; ǫ) ∼ O (1). This solution is called

the “inner solution” because the new the variable x = ǫ X goes from 0 to ǫ. Satisfying the inner

boundary condition u(0) = 0 we get

Since the boundary condition at zero is satisfied by this solution, we take the other bound-

ary condition to be satisfied by the solution found earlier in Equation (2.83) (discarding Equa-

tion (2.82)). Note that the constant A for in inner solution cannot be determined by the outer

boundary condition u(1) = 2, as the solution is itself valid only in a small region close to the

boundary, x ∼ O (ǫ).

We have thus got two solutions: outer in Equation (2.83) and inner in Equation (2.86), with one

arbitrary constant A. Note that

• the outer solution is valid for ǫ → 0 with fixed x, and

• the inner solution is valid for ǫ → 0 with fixed x/ǫ.

One way to determine this constant is to do a matching at a boundary. Here, we simply set the

far field value of the inner solution to the zero field value of the outer solution. The outer solution

approaches 1 as x → 0. For the inner solution the far-field X → ∞ gives uinner (X → ∞) = A. Matching

these two we get A = 1 and the matched solutions are

uinner = 1 − e−x/ǫ

uouter = x + 1

This matching of two asymptotic solutions are called as, you guessed right, Matched Asymptotics.

Figure 2.12 and Figure 2.13 show the extent to which the matched solutions agree with the exact

solution. The exact solution to this case is analytically solvable and is given by

1 − e−x/ǫ

uexact = x +

1 − e−1/ǫ

Lecture 2.16. Singular Perturbation 69

1.5

1

u

0.5

Outer

inner A=0.5

inner A=1.0

Exact

0

0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1

x

Figure 2.12: The inner, outer, and the exact solution to Example 2 differential equation. Here ǫ = 0.01.

1.2

0.8

0.6

u

0.4

0.2 Outer

inner A=0.5

inner A=1.0

Exact

0

0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1

x

Figure 2.13: The inner, outer, and the exact solution to Example 2 shown zoomed in a region close to

the boundary x = 0. Here ǫ = 0.01

70 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

U

y

Lecture 2.17 Differential Analysis of Boundary Layer Problem results in a Singular Perturbation

problem.

Concepts You Must Know

1. Differential Analysis of Boundary layer gives the scaling√of the boundary layer thickness, with-

out actually fully solving the differential equation: δ ∼ x ν/U.

2. Inside the boundary layer, the pressure variation along the boundary layer (along x) is much

larger than that across the boundary layer (along y).

∂p ∂p

3. ∂x inside the boundary layer equals ∂x outside.

4. The pressure outside the boundary layer is obtained by the solution of the inviscid (Euler)

equations.

We now apply the governing equations of fluid flow to the boundary layer problem. We will

consider a general two-dimensional boundary layer flow, in which the “external” flow field need not

be uniform (This can happen for example for a flow past a sphere, converging/diverging duct, airfoil

etc). In the Figure 2.14 L and D represent the two length scales in the x and y directions respectively.

L = D corresponds to a sphere, L > D corresponds to an air-foil, and L ≫ D corresponds to a flat

plate,

The governing equations at steady state can be written down

∂ x u + ∂y v = 0 (2.87)

1

u ∂ x u + v ∂y u = − ∂ x p + ν ∂2x u + ∂2y u (2.88)

ρ

1

u ∂ x v + v ∂y v = − ∂y p + ν ∂2x v + ∂2y v (2.89)

ρ

There are two boundary conditions to be satisfied for each velocity field

u(surface) = 0 inner boundary condition (2.90)

u(far field) = {U, 0} outer boundary condition (2.91)

Lecture 2.17. Boundary Layer Equations 71

In general the velocity is two-dimensional, and varies in both x and y. Before any further analysis

on the guess work, we non-dimensionalise the equations. In contrast to the earlier example problems,

we are now dealing with a dimensional equation, apart from the usual orders of magnitude, we also

have to deal with the units. We choose certain reference quantities for each of the variables (indepen-

dent and dependent) and re-write the equations in a dimensionless form. The reference quantities

can be chosen arbitrarily, but choosing them with some physical insight simplifies the analysis, and

can give a meaningful physical result.

Choice of Reference quantities The choice for the reference variables (constants) can be two types:

one simply a dimensionally consistent quantity, and another a quantity that represents a characteris-

tic value for the variable. Consider an absurd example. We wish to find out a characteristic velocity

for a fluid flow past a sphere; we can take several reference constants as velocities: velocity of earth’s

surface, speed of sound, velocity of light. Though all these choices will give a dimensionless quantity

each, it will not provide any useful simplification of the important terms in the equation. Recall, in

asymptotic analysis, we try to simplify the balance between several terms to that between a very few

(one or two terms). A better choice would be the far-field velocity. This is the characteristic velocity

of the fluid. We say

u(x) ∼ O (U∞ ) (2.92)

implying, u at a typical location x goes to zero as does U∞ . For this to hold good u must be linearly

and uniquely dependent on U∞ . This also means that the variable u varies between 0 and U∞ ; and

for most of the “region” u is a significant fraction (0.1 or more) of U∞ . Now, we do not know all these

before hand; but by experience with similar problems, we hypothesise and then validate it later.

What is this “region” we are talking about. This also answers the question: What are the reference

quantities for the independent variables x and y? Over what region in space does u change signifi-

cantly (from zero to U∞ ). Using these rough thumb rules, we guess the orders of magnitude of the

variables.

x ∼ O (L) y ∼ O (D)

u ∼ O (U) v ∼ O (U)

p ∼ O (P)

Here P is some pressure of the incoming flow. We have written a relation for the independent vari-

ables to denote that the changes in the dependent variables occur significantly in the lengths scales

of O (L) and O (D), as shown. We can use a physical method to obtain an estimate of the orders of

magnitude of the derivatives. Physically, a derivative represents a change: we ask the question, over

what region does u change significantly, and use this to estimate the derivative:

∂u ∆u U − 0 U

≈ = ⇒∼ O

∂x ∆x L−0 L

∂v ∆u U

≈ ∼O

∂y ∆y D

A good starting example is the parabolic flow in a pipe, where u(r) ∼ O (U), r ∼ O (R), and the

derivative ∂r u ∼ O (U/R).

We now use these to estimate the orders of the terms in the x-momentum equation

U2 U2 P νU νU

O (.) L D ρL L2 D2

P 1 1

simplified O (.) 1 1 ρ U2 Re Re

72 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

U2

where for getting the third line, we have assumed L ∼ D, and divided by L . The third line shows

the orders of magnitude for the dimensionless form of the equation:

!

L ∗ P 1 L2

u∗ ∂ x∗ u∗ + v ∂y∗ u∗ = − 2

∂ x∗ p∗ + ∂2x∗ u∗ + 2 ∂2y∗ u∗ (2.93)

D ρU Re D

The superscript ∗ on each of the variables denotes the dimensionless variables eg: u∗ = u/U. 1/Re

and P/ρ U 2 are two dimensionless parameters in the problem. P is so far unspecified,

For very large Reynolds numbers, Re ≫ 1, the viscous terms are negligible. We can write ǫ ≡ 1/Re,

and state ǫ → 0 equivalently. This problem is very similar to the singular perturbation problem,

where the small parameter multiplied the highest order derivative. This means the leading order

solution u/U ∼ O (1) cannot satisfy both the boundary conditions.

For the leading order solution (Re → 0) there is still one parameter left: P/ρU 2 . If the pressure

gradient is important then it must be O (1), to balance with the other terms remaining in the equation.

Most of the problems involving inviscid flow this happens to be the case: The leading order solution

is a balance between

the inertial (LHS) and pressure (RHS) terms. Therefore the pressure scale is

dictated by P ∼ O ρU 2 (for inviscid flow problems). ρ U 2 is also called as the inviscid pressure scale.

The method to obtain the solution to the variables u, v, and p is through irrotational flow theory, which

will be discussed in later lectures.

We will assume that such a solution has been found out. The solution will be of the form

2

pouter (x) = ρ U g(x) (2.95)

The inner boundary condition can be written as one for the normal component of the velocity and

one for the tangential. We can enforce only one condition. Since it is necessary to enforce that the

fluid does not “penetrate” the solid, the zero normal velocity is a stricter condition. For the tangential

velocity, we simply allow a slip at the boundary.

In order to enforce the no-slip boundary condition at the surface, we need to retain the second

derivative. To do this we assume a small layer, called the boundary layer where the viscous terms

cannot be neglected. In this region we have y ∼ O (δ). and

∂u U

∼O

∂y δ

2

∂ u U

∼ O

∂y2 δ2

We estimate terms in the continuity equation, by assuming an unknown scale for the velocity v ∼

O (V)

∂ x u +∂y v = 0

U V

Order Of: L δ =0

The continuity equation holds good always; that is there is no parameter which dictates importance

of terms. For non-zero velocities, all terms are equally important here. This gives the vertical velocity

scale δ

V∼O U (2.96)

L

Using this with the other estimates into the x-momentum balance:

u ∂ x u +v ∂y u = − ρ1 ∂ x p +ν ∂2x u + ∂2y u

(2.97)

U2 U2 U U

Order Of: L L ? ν L2 + δ2

Lecture 2.17. Boundary Layer Equations 73

Among the viscous terms in the RHS, the first is much small compared to the second by the virtue of

δ ≪ L. In order that the viscous terms be retained in the equation, they must be of the same order as

of the other terms. That is !

νU U2

∼ O (2.98)

δ2 L

for the viscous and the inertial forces to balance. The pressure variation in the boundary layer is not

known. All we know is that if it is important then it must at least be order of the inertial terms, i.e.,

1 U2

∂x p ∼ (2.99)

ρ L

We will show below that the pressure the variation in the x-direction, inside the boundary layer is

the same order as it is outside the boundary layer. There can be situations where the inviscid (outer)

solution has the gradient in pressure to be zero (as in flat plate). This means the viscous terms should

balance the inertial terms in general. This gives a scaling for the boundary layer thickness: from

Equation (2.98) we have r !

µ p

δ∼O L ∼ O L/ ReL (2.100)

LU ρ

This is an important achievement. The scaling of the boundary layer has been obtained without even

solving the equations. This is identical to that we obtained using integral analysis of boundary

layer: irrespective of the assumed velocity profile, the dimensionless boundary layer thickness al-

ways scaled as Re−1/2 (see Equation (2.72)).

We now estimate the terms in the y-momentum equation.

u ∂ x v +v ∂y v = − ρ1 ∂y p+ ν ∂2x v + ∂2y v

U2 δ U2 δ Uδ Uδ

Order Of: L2 L2

? ν L3

+ δ2 L

Here we treat the scaling of the pressure term in the boundary layer as unknown. The first among

the viscous term is still smaller than the second. All other terms other than the pressure term are of

equal magnitude. This means that if the pressure variation in y-direction is important, then it scales

as

1 U2 δ

∂x p ∼ (2.101)

ρ L L

Comparing Equation (2.101) with Equation (2.99), we see that the pressure variation in the y direction

is insignificant in comparison with the x direction. This means inside the boundary layer the pressure

is almost constant along y.

∂p ∂p ∂p

≪ ; ≈ 0 or p = f (x) (2.102)

∂y ∂x ∂y

This implies the pressure gradient inside the boundary layer is only in the x-direction, and the pres-

sure at edge of the boundary layer is impressed upon on the boundary layer. Recall that the pressure

outside the boundary later was obtained by potential flow solution. It is this same pressure that

applies inside the boundary layer, because there is no variation in the vertical direction, inside the

boundary layer. Recipe: Determine the pressure outside using the inviscid solution, use the same

variation inside the boundary layer. Outside the boundary layer we had the pressure variation to

scale as given by the inviscid flow as in Equation (2.95). We can now use this estimate into equation

Equation (2.97) and rewrite it as

u ∂x u +v ∂y u = − ρ1 ∂ x p +ν ∂2y u

(2.103)

U2 U2 U2 U U2

Order Of: L L L ν δ2

∼ L

74 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

This implies inside the boundary layer, in general, all the above terms are of equal magnitude, and

the pressure term has to be retained in the x-momentum equation.

The final set of equations of motion for the flow inside the boundary layer can then be written as

∂ x u + ∂y v = 0 (2.104)

1

u ∂ x u + v ∂y u = − ∂ x p + ν ∂2y u (2.105)

ρ

0 = ∂y p (2.106)

Lecture 2.18. Blasius Solution 75

Lecture 2.18 Blasius solution for a Boundary Layer over a flat plate is a numerical solution to an

assumed similarity solution for the velocity profile.

Concepts You Must Know

1. The similarity variable occurs in flat plate Boundary Layers due to the absence of any geomet-

rical length scale.

2. In problems where there are no external length or time scales, the independent variables are

combined with the other parameters to provide the similarity variable.

The boundary layer equations Equations (2.104) to (2.106) can be applied to a simple flat plate

situation where the outside velocity profile is uniform. This implies there is no pressure variation

outside the boundary layer. From Equation (2.106), this also implies there is no pressure variation in

the x direction inside the boundary layer (as the outside pressure is impressed as is). The simplified

set of equations are therefore

∂ x u + ∂y v = 0 (2.107)

u ∂ x u + v ∂y u = ν ∂2y u (2.108)

The solution to this equation is obtained by assuming a similar variation in velocity—similarity so-

lution. The dimensionless similarity variable is taken to be

r

U y2

η≡ (2.109)

νx

which is formed by combining the independent variables y and x. The motivation for this choice is

as follows.

1. For a flat plate boundary, there is no length scale imposed by the geometry. So by dimensional

analysis the only variable that can occur as an independent variable should be a combination

of the independent parameters in the problem, viz. : U, ν, x, y The dependent variable u has a

velocity scale U. Therefore we can expect

!

u U y2

= f (2.110)

U νx

2. Dimensional analysis does not dictate what power of the combination of these variables should

occur. But in our analysis of the boundary layer, we expected a small region of the order of δ in

the y-direction where gradients are important. This implies y ∼ δ. The variable η defined above

can also be seen as a dimensionless y, and δ is given by Equation (2.100), with L replaced by x

in general:

y y

η≡ = √ (2.111)

δ ν x/U

Two dimensional equations of motion can be solved by the method known as stream functions. We

will learn more of this in inviscid flows. We introduce a function known as the stream function ψ

that jointly represents the variation of both the components of velocities.

∂ψ ∂ψ

u= v=− (2.112)

∂y ∂x

It can be easily verified that this choice automatically satisfies the continuity equation. Only the mo-

mentum equation is to be solved, and that can be reduced to a single ordinary differential equation.

We try a separation of variables

ψ = g(x) f (η) (2.113)

76 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

where the functional form of g is determined from the requirement that the dimensionless velocity

u/U is a function only of the variable η.

r

u 1 ∂ψ 1 ′ U

= = g(x) f (η) , (2.114)

U U ∂y U νx

√

which gives g(x) = ν U x, and r

v ∂ψ 1 ν

=− = (η f ′ − f ) (2.115)

U ∂x 2 U x

Substituting these expressions in the boundary layer equations, we get an ordinary differential equa-

tion

f f ′′ + 2 f ′′′ = 0 (2.116)

subject to the boundary conditions

f ′ = 1 η → ∞ outer boundary (2.118)

The Blasius solution was obtained as an approximate solution to this equation. It can also be solved

numerically.

Lecture 2.19. Boundary Layer Separation 77

Lecture 2.19 The Boundary Layer detaches from the surface when there is an positive pressure

gradient along the direction of flow.

Concepts You Must Know

1.

Now consider the limit of the x-momentum equation in the boundary layer given by Equa-

tion (2.105), as y → 0 or more precisely y ≪ δ. This is very close to the wall inside the boundary

layer. In this limit the derivatives still scale as

∂u U ∂u U

∼ ; ∼ (2.119)

∂x L ∂y δ

y

u∼U , (2.120)

δ

where, close to the wall the velocity can be assumed to be linear in the variable y/δ. From the conti-

nuity equation we have v velocity scale as

y

v∼U , (2.121)

L

Substituting this in the momentum balance we obtain

u ∂x u +v ∂y u = − ρ1 ∂ x p +ν ∂2y u

(2.122)

y U2 y U2 U2 U U2

Order Of: δ L δ L L ν δ2

∼ L

Note scale estimates in this equation reduces to Equation (2.103) when y ∼ O (δ). But considering a

limit y ≪ δ, which is very close to the wall, we see that the inertial terms in the LHS become small

comparison to the other terms. Therefore in the limit y ≪ δ, the balance is between the pressure

and viscous terms (the inertial terms drop out). This is equivalent to a case in mechanics of a body

moving with constant velocity when there is a force balance, and no acceleration. Later we will study

this to be a case of creeping flows or low Reynolds number flows.

Consider the simplified equation near the wall

∂p ∂2 u

=µ 2 (2.123)

∂x ∂y

The second derivative of the velocity near the wall depends on the pressure gradient in the x direc-

tion, which in turn is determined by the inviscid solution outside the boundary layer. Consider three

simple cases of the pressure gradient

∂p ∂u

1. ∂x = 0: This implies the velocity gradient ∂y = constant all along the wall.

∂p

2. ∂x < 0: Implies the velocity gradient decreases with y (second derivative of u < 0). Since

the velocity at any point reaches the free-stream value at the edge of the boundary layer, this

implies there is a higher slope of the velocity profile near the wall, which tends to zero at the

edge of the boundary layer. Note that in the figure the slope has to be seen along the y direction

which is the independent variable.

∂p

3. ∂x > 0: Implies the gradient increases with y. But since ultimately the gradient has to go to

zero, this leads to a situation of maximum slope at some intermediate height.

78 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

∂p

4. ∂x is highly positive: The velocity gradient can become zero at the wall or even negative. This

leads to a reversal of direction of flow close to the wall. This pressure gradient is also known

as an adverse pressure gradient as it leads to adverse effects in the flow.

Under the reversal of flow, the boundary layer is no longer “attached” to the wall, but is “separated”.

Visually this is seen as small viscous region which continues in the same direction as the main flow,

and a separated region in which there is mixing and turbulence.

Boundary layer separation leads to the formation of wakes—regions of swirls and mixing. This

leads to loss of pressure (the reason for loss of pressure will be clear when we study macroscopic

balances and viscous losses) and leads to high drag. An example is the flow past a sphere. The drag

on the sphere is mainly due to the boundary layer separation.

The drag can be reduced by delaying the boundary layer separation. Delaying can be done by:

1. Streamlining the object. Aerodynamic shapes, as they are conventionally known, are shapes

which lead to a well behaved streamline inviscid flow in which the pressure gradient is limited

to small positive quantities to avoid boundary layer separation.

2. Another way is to make the surface rough. Such as in the case of golf balls or cricket balls. A

rough surface leads to a turbulent boundary layer. The velocity profile in turbulent boundary

is steeper than in the laminar case. This implies a stronger positive pressure is required in order

to reverse the flow and separate the boundary. Golf balls therefore have lesser drag compared

to smooth balls, and hence can travel farther.

Lecture 2.20. One Dimensional Flows 79

Lecture 2.20 In one dimensional flows, the inertial term is absent and the problems are usually

amenable to analytical solutions.

In this lecture we will consider simple flow application of Navier-Stokes equation, on which it is pos-

sible to obtain a closed form analytical solution to the velocity fields. Many problems are discussed

in the introductory texts Wilkes (1999); Fox and McDonald (2001); Denn (1980), we will consider only

a few illustrative applications which have more of chemical engineering relevance.

A general procedure to solve the Navier-Stokes equation The Navier-Stokes Equations Equa-

tion (2.29) is a set of four coupled non-linear second order partial differential equations. Even if

the boundary conditions are known, obtaining a solution is not a straight forward mathematical

problem. For most engineering applications, at least if the problem can be simplified, it is possible

to reduce the complexity in the equations at the very beginning. This is achieved by making some

assumptions, and idealisations. Good approximations come with experience and practice. But there

is a general sequence of steps that may be followed to simplify the problem.

3. Validate the guess by substituting it in the continuity equation. Remember there are no physical

parameters appearing in the continuity equation which could alter the balance. It could be

possible to obtain additional information about the velocity field. This approach was used in

the differential analysis of the boundary layer.

4. Substitute the guesses in the momentum equation and simplify the differentials. For many

problems, the concentrating on pressure terms usually leads to further simplifications.

Poiseuille flow is a pressure driven motion of a fluid. Couette flows are those in which the pressure

gradients are absent, and the flow is driven by motion of the boundary; it is also called as a drag flow.

You have studied Poiseuille flows in a pipe and steady and unsteady Couette flows, in your earlier

course Transport Phenomena. Here we will consider pressure driven flow in a rectangular channel.

Consider a rectangular channel of length L (along the x direction), and cross-section of W × H

(along z and y directions respectively), through which there is a flow driven by a pressure gradient

acting in the x-direction. We will make certain assumptions and simplify the problem. If we obtain a

solution and it is consistent with the assumptions, then we take that we have found out one solution

to the non-linear differential equations. But we must admit there there could be other possibilities as

well, which can be verified only by experiments, or the complete solution to the equation.

Assumption-1: Steady flow. This immediately drops all the time derivatives, and we have al-

ready restricted our solution space. Assumption-2: The aspect ratio of the channel is very large. This

implies W ≫ H. This seems a restrictive assumption, but again it is only an assumption. We can

take this to an extreme, which we call idealisation, and take W/H → ∞. This implies the wall does

not influence the velocity, or that there is “no wall” in the z direction. This means the velocities do

not change in the z-direction. Assumption-3 The flow is fully-developed. This means that regions of

influence of the entrance and exit are negligible in comparison with the length L. This is also to say

that the velocities are not a function of x. This reduces the problem statement in the velocities to the

following

ui = fi (y) (2.124)

80 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Substituting in the continuity equation we get uy = v = constant. From the no-slip condition, we

have that the velocity has to vanish at the boundaries. This implies v = 0 through out. The NSE in

Cartesian coordinates reduce to

∂p d2 u

0=− +µ 2 (2.125)

∂x dy

∂p

0=− (2.126)

∂y

∂p d2 w

0=− +µ 2 (2.127)

∂z dy

Note we have used complete derivative for the velocities, and partial for the pressure. Inspecting the

pressure terms, we find that the pressure is only a function of (x, z). In Equation (2.125), ∂p

∂x is not a

function of y where as the viscous term is, and the viscous term is not a function of x whereas the

pressure term is. This implies each of them must be equal to the same constant. A similar argument

applies for the z-momentum equation. This gives us the solutions (along with the no-slip conditions)

! !2

H 2 ∆p 2y

u= − 1 − (2.128)

8µ L H

! !2

H 2 ∆p 2y

w= − 1 − (2.129)

8µ W H

ZH/2 !

1 H2 ∆p

hwi ≡ dy w = − (2.130)

H 12 µ W

−H/2

Since there is no net-flow in the z-direction because of the presence of the walls, this implies the

pressure gradient is zero, or from Equation (2.129), w = 0. Equation (2.128), v = w = 0 is the solution

we obtain. This is consistent with our assumptions.

Viscometers are used to determine the viscosity of fluids. They are usually employed to measure

viscosities of liquids. The commercial viscometers can typically measure only high viscosity liquids,

about 100 times that of water. A cylinder is rotated in a liquid and the torque required to generate

a constant rpm is measured. This is used to compute the viscosity of the fluid. Rheometers are

more sophisticated and have many more controls, and can measure many more properties of flow

for complex fluids that exhibit both viscous and elastic behaviours.

In reality the velocities around the shaft can be complex, but we make simplifications as before.

We assume that the length of the shaft L ≫ R, the radius of the shaft, thereby neglecting the end

effects between the bottom of the vessel and the shaft. Further we assume that there is no axial or

radial motion, but motion only in the θ-direction. From the continuity equation we have that vθ = f (r)

(we have neglected the variation in the z direction due to the length assumption above). The NSE

reduce to

vtheta ∂p

−ρ =− (2.131)

r ∂r " #

d 1 d(r vθ )

0=µ (2.132)

dr r dr

∂p

0=− (2.133)

∂z

Lecture 2.20. One Dimensional Flows 81

C2

vθ = C1 r + (2.134)

r

At the outer radius of the vessel the velocity is zero, so for any large r the velocity is finite, therefore

the term proportional to r term must vanish from the equation. No-slip at the shaft surface (vθ = R ω

at r = R,) gives

ω R2

vθ = (2.135)

r

The torque is proportional to the surface force exerted by the fluid on the shaft. We require to estimate

τrθ , which can be obtained from the tables for the velocity gradient in cylindrical coordinates

τ = µ(∇ v + ∇ vT )

!

∂vθ 1 ∂vr vθ (2.136)

τrθ = µ + −

∂r r ∂θ r

The stress at r = R is therefore

τrθ (r = R) = −2 µ ω (2.137)

The differential force on an element swept by dθ across the length is τrθ L R dθ and the corresponding

torque is τrθ L R2 dθ. Integrating over the angle, we get an expression for the total torque

G = −4 π L R2 µ ω

So far we have considered a flow where there is only a single fluid. In the presence of more than

one fluid, proper interface condition for the force needs to be specified. The simplest condition when

the interface is stationary or moving with a constant velocity. In this case the forces (surface forces)

acting on either side of the interface must balance each other.

σ1 = σ2 or σ(1) (2)

i j = σi j (2.138)

We can also equate the normal and tangential component of the forces on either side. For the simplest

case of a stationary fluids with a curved interface this reduces to the normal stress balance:

2γ

p(1) = p(2) + (2.139)

R

at the interface, where γ is the surface tension and R is the radius of curvature. When two fluids flow

past each other, with a flat interface, the tangential force arises due to the viscous stress. A stress

balance gives

∂u1 ∂u2

τ(1) (2)

yx = τyx or µ1 = µ2 (2.140)

∂y ∂y

In the case of air-water interface, we rewrite this as

∂uw µa ∂ua

= (2.141)

∂y µw ∂y

In most cases the air region is unbounded (like in the case of a jet of liquid in air) therefore the velocity

gradient is also negligibly small. Even if the region of air is bounded by walls present in comparable

length scales, the viscosity of water is about 50 times that of air, making the RHS negligibly small for

the velocity gradient in water. This leads to a general condition that there is no shear stress acting

on the surface, or it is a stress-free boundary; the condition is also known as an inviscid boundary

condition. This is a very useful simplification in treating flows of air water interface. The stress free

condition leads to the conclusion that in the cases of jets the velocity profile in the liquid is flat.

82 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Radius: Rd Rw Rc

Figure 2.15: Schematic diagram of wire coating.

Wire coating is the process of coating a polymeric material on, usually, metallic wires. The process

is done in the liquid state of the polymer, and then it is let to dry. A wire is pulled through a die

connected to a reservoir of molten polymer, leaving a coat of constant thickness. The problem is

to determine the coating thickness as a function of rate of pulling and the other parameters of the

system. Also of importance is the force required to pull the wire, at a given velocity.

Consider the schematic shown in Figure 2.15. Inside the die the liquid is flowing in an annular

space created by the void between the wire and the die. At distances far away from the die exit, the

coating is uniform, implying the interface is flat and the free surface condition (stress-free) yields a

flat velocity profile. Performing a integral mass balance across a large control volume, that takes the

shape of the liquid we get at steady state

ZRd

− dr 2 π r ρ vz + Vw π (R2c − R2w ) = 0 (2.142)

Rw

where Vw is the velocity the wire is pulled with. In order to find Rc we need to know the velocity

profile vz (r) inside the die annulus. As before, we consider a fully developed velocity profile, as this

makes the equations simpler (Note that when we positioned the CV boundary in the die, we did

not require it to have a fully developed velocity profile, i.e., the Equation (2.142) is valid even if the

velocity is not fully developed, but the expression is easier to evaluate for fully developed flow). The

NSE reduce to p = constant and " !#

1 ∂ ∂vz

0=µ r (2.143)

r ∂r ∂r

With the no-slip boundary conditions this gives

ln r/Rd

vz (r) = Vw (2.144)

ln Rw /Rd

Substituting in Equation (2.142) we get

2 1/2

Rd − R2w

Rc = (2.145)

2 ln Rd /Rw

and the force required to pull the die is obtained by integrating the surface force on the wire over the

length of the die

2 π µ Vw L

Fw = (2.146)

ln Rw /Rd

assuming the same the fully developed velocity profile to be dominating the entire length. This also

ignores any radial variations in the velocity from the die exit to the regime of constant wire thickness.

Lecture 2.20. One Dimensional Flows 83

Most of the fluid we have considered are Newtonian, that is the shear stress is related by a linear

relationship to the local velocity gradient as given in Equation (2.30). However, there are several

fluids which do not exhibit this behaviour. This is especially true of polymeric fluids, and other

fluids that have a constituent substance that cannot be considered to be simple spherical molecules

of same size. These fluids exhibit behaviours that are vastly different and rich in variety. Any fluid

that does not show the Newtonian behaviour, in the velocity gradients of practical interest, is called a

non-Newtonian fluid (Strictly speaking, there could be very high gradients of velocity where even the

so called Newtonian fluids, such as air and water, exhibit non-linear behaviour; but these are very

rare for practical considerations.)

The local velocity gradient (also called as the local shear rate) can be vastly different for various

processes. Below is a compilation of some of the processes.

Phenomenon Shear rate (s−1 ) Application

−6

Sedimentation of powders 10 Medicines, paints

Extruders 10 Polymers

Mixing 102

Rubbing 103 Application of creams

High speed Coating 105 Printing inks

Lubrication 106 Engines

For non-Newtonian fluids, the viscosity is not a constant. It could be dependent on the local

velocity gradient (or shear rate). It could be time-varying as well. It is convenient to define a viscosity

function

τ

η≡ (2.147)

γ̇

where τ is the local shear stress, in a simple Couette geometry, and γ̇ is the local shear rate (or velocity

gradient). Some of the common non-Newtonian behaviours are

• Shear-thinning materials. The shear stress is no longer linear with the shear rate, but increases

sub-linearly. Or in other words, the viscosity (which is the local slope in the stress vs rate curve)

decreases as the shear rate is increased. Most polymeric substances exhibit this behaviour. The

behaviour is also called as pseudo-plastic.

• Thickening. Slurries and suspensions of particles in a fluid (paint for example) show a increase

in the viscosity with shear rate, and is called as shear-thickening or dialatant materials.

• Yeild Stress materials: Some materials deform elastically upto a certain stress and begin to

flow only beyond a stress known as yeild stress. These materials may exhibit a Newtonian or

non-Newtonian behaviour beyond the yield point. They are also known as Bingham Plastic

• The three types discussed here have a steady viscosity function, so long as the applied shear

rate is kept constant. However some materials show a time-dependent (or history dependent)

viscosity. Thixotropic fluids show a viscosity thinning with time at a constant shear rate, Rheopec-

tic fluids show a viscosity thickening with time.

With that brief introduction to non-Newtonian behaviour, we take up a simple problem of a

Poiseuille flow of a power-law fluid. “Power law” fluids are a class of shear thinning materials that

show a power-law dependence of the viscosity function with the shear rate.

η = K (γ̇)n−1 (2.148)

where K is a empirical constant called as the consistency factor. For a Couette flow the shear stress is

given by

τ xy = η γ̇ = K γ̇n (2.149)

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τ = η(II) ∇v + ∇vT (2.150)

(n−1)/2

η(II) = K |II| (2.151)

where II is called as the second invariant of the velocity gradient tensor defined as, II = 21 (tr2D)2 − tr(2D)2 ,

D = 12 (∇v + ∇vT ) is the rate of deformation tensor, and tr denotes the trace of a matrix.

As with the Poiseuille flow we will assume the following (fully-developed, axis-symmetric, and

one-dimensional)

vz = vz (r), vr = vθ = 0 (2.152)

This satisfies the continuity equation. To solve for the velocities, we have to go back to the general

momentum balance, not that for Newtonian fluids. We look up the cylindrical coordinate equations

∂p

0=−

∂r

∂p

0=−

∂θ

∂p 1 d

0=− + (rτrz )

∂z r dr

∆P

τrz = r (2.153)

2L

Note that even for non-Newtonian fluids the stress is still a linear function of the distance from the

walls. It is only the velocity profiles that will be different. Inserting the expression for the shear stress

n−1

dvz dvz

τrz = K (2.154)

dr dr

and solving for the velocity and using the usual boundary conditions we get

" n+1 !#1/n " r (n+1)/n #

n R ∆P

vz = − 1− (2.155)

n + 1 2K 2K L R

" r (n+1)/n #

3n + 1

vz = hvz i 1 − (2.156)

n+1 R

For shear thinning fluids, n < 1 (n is usually in the range 0.3 < n < 1), the profile is flatter towards the

centre in comparison with a parabolic velocity profile for Newtonian fluids.

Physical interpretation of the velocity profile The stress distribution is identical in the cases of

Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. For a given pressure drop, the non-Newtonian fluid experi-

ences an lower viscosity, therefore we can expect a higher flow rate, implying the average velocity

hvz i would be higher. This can be seen from Figure 2.16, where the area under the curve for the

non-Newtonian fluid is higher than that for the Newtonian fluid.

Lecture 2.20. One Dimensional Flows 85

0.8

0.6

vz

0.4

0.2

n = 1, Newtonian

n = 0.3

0

0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1

z

Figure 2.16: Fully developed velocity profiles for a power law fluid with n = 0.3 compared to that of

a Newtonian fluid.

2.6.1 Flow past a sphere

Concepts You Must Know

1. Simplifications of NSE for low Reynolds Number flows

2. Creeping flow equations are linear differential equations: Unique solution exists

4. The net drag force on the sphere is due to “form friction” (normal stresses) and “skin friction”

(tangential stresses) on its surface.

5. The total drag may also be obtained equating the energy supplied to move the sphere to the

total viscous dissipation in the fluid.

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Lecture 2.21 Euler’s Equation in Streamline Coordinates provides a method to qualitatively anal-

yse the pressure distribution in an inviscid flow.

Concepts You Must Know

1. Streamline Euler Equations in two dimensions can be derived by assuming local cylindrical

coordinates.

2. The pressure decreases along a streamline when the fluid’s velocity increases along it; or the

fluid accelerates in a direction of decreasing pressure.

3. The pressure is constant across parallel streamlines.

4. For curved streamlines, the pressure increases going outward from the local centre of the radius

of curvature.

Inviscid flows form a class of problems which reduce to linear differential equations of fluid flow.

Creeping flows is the other class of problems in which the equations are linear. This linearity provides

a basis to obtain an unique solution to the flow equations. Inviscid flows and Creeping flows form

two extremes of the Reynolds number parameter, the only parameter appearing in the Navier Stokes

Equation for steady flows. As the name implies, in inviscid flows, the viscosity is not of consequence

(implying it is an ideal fluid) and in creeping flows the viscous term is important but the inertial

terms are negligible.

In dimensionless variables, the Navier-Stokes Equation can be written from Equation (2.29) and

Equation (2.93) in bold face notation as

Du 1

= −∇p + ∇ · ∇u + ∇uT (2.157)

Dt Re

(Here we have not shown the gravity term explicitly, as it can be absorbed into the pressure term;

see modified pressure in Bird et al. (2007)) In the limit of Re ≫ 1, the viscous terms can be neglected

in comparison with the inertial terms (see the development given in boundary layers, Lecture 2.17).

Though the LHS of the equation which contains the term u j ∂ j ui appears to be non-linear, this set of

equations along with the continuity equation can be reduced to a linear equation in another variable

(potential function) as will be shown later. The resultant equation by ignoring the viscous terms is

called as the Euler’s equations, and which formed the foundations of most of the early differential

analysis of fluids. Since the viscosity is neglected, the fluids are also called as ideal fluids.

We first discern some important qualitative aspects of this equation in its dimensional form

Du

ρ = −∇p − ρ g (2.158)

Dt

This equation is called as the Euler’s equation of fluid flow. Here the LHS represents the acceleration

of the local fluid element, and the RHS is the force acting on it. In this case there is only pressure

force and gravity force because the fluid is ideal.

An important illustration of the features of the flow is two dimensional flows. Here we seek

to understand the pressure distribution by analysing the velocity streamlines. Euler’s equation can

be derived in a streamline coordinate (direction along the streamline and the direction of local the

normal), either from first principles (Fox and McDonald, 2001, see), or by using a local cylindrical

coordinate. We will adopt the later method here, which is simpler and straightforward. Consider

a curved streamline, and place a local cylindrical coordinate such that the origin of the coordinate

coincides with the centre of the local radius of curvature. Then the unit vector along the streamline

is

e s = eθ

Lecture 2.21. Euler’s Equation along Streamlines 87

en = er

D vr −v2 ∂p

ρ =ρ θ =− (2.159)

Dt r ∂r

D vθ vθ ∂vθ 1 ∂p

ρ =ρ =− (2.160)

Dt r ∂θ r ∂θ

where we have made use of the following conditions.

1. Steady in time, ∂t = 0.

2. vr = 0 since we are considering streamline coordinates, and by definition there is no flow across

the streamline.

4. No external body forces.

By using the following transformation of variables to the streamline coordinates with the local veloc-

ity represented as V:

vθ = V; r dθ = ds; dr = dn (2.161)

we get,

V 2 ∂p

ρ= (2.162)

r ∂n

∂V ∂p

ρV =− (2.163)

∂s ∂s

This has an important application in inferring the nature of stream line given pressure and vice-

versa. Equation (2.162) implies that the pressure always increases outward from the centre of the

local radius of curvature. This also implies that when the streamlines are parallel, there is no pressure

variation across the stream lines. From Equation (2.163) we can infer that pressure always decreases

if the velocity increases along a streamline; or the positive acceleration of the fluid happens in a

direction of negative pressure gradient.

As an example consider a stagnation point flow of an inviscid fluid flowing from large y and out-

wards to large |x|. At large y, the streamlines are parallel, implying that there is no pressure variation

in x. Closer to the stagnation point, the curves (streamlines) are bent away from the stagnation point,

which means that the pressure is the highest at the stagnation point. Along the y axis the velocity

goes from a large finite value to zero at the stagnation point, also implying the pressure increases as

the fluid particle is decelerated to zero velocity.

Another example is to calculate the approximate flow rate of air in a bend. Assume the flow is

inviscid, and relate the pressure difference across the channel width to the local velocity through

Equation (2.162). Although there could be viscous effects such as boundary layers, and its sepa-

ration, this estimate of the velocity is a good approximation, since the flow is inviscid. Verify the

inviscid approximation by calculating the Re for the flow. In the case of the problem given in Fox

and McDonald (2001), Re ≈ 0.1 × 30/2E−5 ≈ 1E5.

88 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Concepts You Must Know

1. Bernoulii’s equation is to be applied only along a streamline, not any arbitrary points in the

flow.

2. Bernoulii’s equation is applicable only for inviscid flows, or flows in which the viscous terms

are negligible.

∂V ∂p

ρV =− + ρ gs (2.164)

∂s ∂s

where g s is the component of the gravitational acceleration along the streamline, which is given by

∂z

g s = −g sin θ = −g (2.165)

∂s

where z is the elevation of the streamline from an arbitrary reference. Inserting this in Equation (2.164),

we get all the derivatives along the streamline

∂V ∂p ∂z

ρV + + ρg = 0 (2.166)

∂s ∂s ∂s

or,

!

∂ V2 p

+ + gz = 0 (2.167)

∂s 2 ρ

2 p

Integrating the expression we get the function Φ = V2 + ρ + g z is constant along a streamline, which

is the steady state expression of Bernoulii’s theorem.

Lecture 2.23 Different pressures terminologies are employed depending on the type of measure-

ment.

Concepts You Must Know

1. Static pressure is same as the thermodynamic pressure p, that appears in the derivation of NSE.

2. Stagnation pressure is the pressure developed when a moving fluid particle is brought to rest

by an inviscid process.

3. Dynamic pressure is the stagnation pressure that is in excess of the static pressure.

4. Side or wall taps, with a hole facing perpendicular to streamlines, measures static pressure.

5. A Pitot (/pea toe/) static measures stagnation pressure, and has a hole facing upstream.

6. A Pitot static tube measures both the static and stagnation pressures simultaneously.

7. The flow velocity can be obtained from the difference of the stagnation and static pressures.

Static pressure probes can be placed either on the wall of the pipe with the hole perpendicular to

the flow, or through a probe that is inserted in the flow, but with the walls still perpendicular to the

flow streamlines.

Lecture 2.24. Rotation of a Fluid Element 89

Lecture 2.24 Vorticity is related to the local rotation of a fluid element is equal to twice the angu-

lar velocity.

Consider a square element with faces a and b each of which rotates independently. Then the angular

velocity of rotation of face a is given by

∆α ∆η/∆x

ωa = lim = lim

∆t→0 ∆t ∆t→0 ∆t

Realise that lim∆t→0 ∆η/∆t = Vy = v(x + ∆x), the local velocity in the vertical direction at x + ∆x. Let the

local vertical velocity at the origin be v0 then a Taylor expansion yields

∂v

v(x + ∆x) = v0 + ∆x

∂x

Assuming, without loss of generality, that the translational velocity v0 of the origin is zero (or equiv-

alently we are moving with the same velocity) we get for the angular velocity

∆η/∆t v(x + ∆x)

ωa = lim =

∆t→0 ∆x ∆x

∂v

=

∂x

Similarly an expression for the angular velocity of the face b can be obtained, this time only with a

negative sign for the direction of u relative to ξ

∆ξ/∆t u(y + ∆y)

ωb = lim =−

∆t→0 ∆y ∆y

∂u

=−

∂y

The average rotation of the fluid element with the faces a and b is

1

ω= (ωa + ωb )

2

The rotation direction is represented by the direction of the normal to the plane which rotates. Con-

ventionally the right hand screw rule is followed, with the thumb pointing out of the plane towards

you, and the other fingers swept from x to y axis. Therefore the above equation corresponds to the

component of the angular velocity in the z direction.

!

∂v ∂u

ωz = − (2.168)

∂x ∂y

Similarly we can derive components in the other two directions as well, by a cyclic rule. It follows

that the components represent the curl of the velocity field

1 1

ω= ∇×u≡ ζ (2.169)

2 2

where ζ is defined and called as the vorticity vector, and whose magnitude is equal to twice the

local angular velocity of the fluid element. The word has origins in the word vortex, in which fluid

particles move along a circular path. A clear distinction between a vortex and vorticity has to be made

here. Whereas vortex is with respect to the bulk the fluid motion with respect to a fixed coordinate

axis, vorticity is the circular motion of the fluid element with respect to a coordinate axis translating

along its centre of mass. Vortices (plural for a vortex) can have either zero or non-zero vorticity, that

is although the fluid motion is in circular paths, the fluid elements may or may not rotate. This is

90 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

illustrated by placing a small rotating fan or a cork that moves in circular paths. The motion of the

centre of mass of the fan represents a vortex, but the rotation of the fan itself represents vorticity.

The flow pattern generated by stirring a liquid using rotating paddle generates circular motion.

Inside the area swept by the paddle, the motion is a solid body like rotation with vθ = r ω, and is

called as a forced vortex. Here the vorticity is given by

" #

1 ∂r vθ ∂vr

ζz = − = 2ω

r ∂r ∂θ

Outside the swept area the velocity is known to be vθ = c/r, where c is a constant. This circular

motion is called as free vortex, and the vorticity is ζz = 0. Therefore, for a circular motion it is possible

to have no rotation in the fluid elements. Flows with zero vorticity are known as irrotational flows.

They have a special significance in inviscid flows.

Lecture 2.25 Incompressible irrotational flows are inviscid, but vice-versa is not always true

Concepts You Must Know

1. Solution to inviscid equations: Obtain u(x) that satisfies continuity and irrotationality. Integrate

Euler equations to obtain pressure p(x).

2. Inviscid flows can be rotational or irrotational.

3. Irrotational flows solution can be obtained by potential function or stream function (in two-

dimensions and axis symmetric case).

4. Methods of complex variables are used to obtain potential flow solutions.

Here we will seek solution to the inviscid equations. A solution has to satisfy the continuity

equation (we will restrict to incompressible flows)

∇·u=0

and Euler’s equation given earlier in Equation (2.158). There are four equations and four unknowns.

The general procedure to solve inviscid equations is to find a solution to the velocity field u(x) that

satisfies the continuity equation. This is then substituted in the Euler equations and integrated to

obtain the pressure field p(x).

The equations of motion for an incompressible fluid can be written in terms of the velocity vector,

or equivalently in term of the vorticity vector ζ.

∂u 1

+ u · ∇u = − ∇ · p + g + ν∇2 u (2.170)

∂t ρ

∂u 1 1

+ ∇(u · u) − u × ζ = − ∇ · p + g − ν∇ × ζ (2.171)

∂t 2 ρ

We have used the following identities (prove them using index notation)

1

u×ζ = ∇(u · u) − u · ∇u (2.172)

2

∇ × ζ = ∇(∇ · u) − ∇2 u = −∇2 u (for incompressible flows) (2.173)

We will now provide some general relationships between an incompressible flow being potential, ir-

rotational or inviscid.

1. An irrotational flow (ζ = 0) implies that the flow is inviscid (∇2 u = 0). This can be seen from

Equation (2.173).

Lecture 2.25. Irrotational flows 91

2. The converse is not true. There can be inviscid solutions for which ζ , 0. An example is the

case of solid body rotation of a fluid, in which the viscous stresses (σ) is identically zero. More

generally, from Equation (2.171) we can see that in the absence of viscous forces a solution may

be obtained in which the vorticity is non-zero. For example for steady inviscid flows in the

absence of gravity we get from Equation (2.171)

1 1

u×ζ = ∇ · p + ∇(u · u)

ρ 2

which has to be solved for given boundary conditions. There is nothing known a priori that will

set the LHS to zero. Therefore a non-zero value for ζ is possible for inviscid flows.

3. Irrotationality and the continuity equation form the key conditions to determine inviscid flow

solutions.

4. Potential flows are a special class of flows in which the velocity can be expressed as a gradient

of a potential (φ)

u = ∇φ (2.174)

Here, as the equation implies, φ is a scalar field.

5. Potential flows are Irrotational, and vice versa. By definitions Equation (2.169) and Equa-

tion (2.174) we have

ζ = ∇ × u = ∇ × ∇φ

We can use index notation to prove

∇ × ∇φ = ǫi jk ∂ j ∂k φ

= ǫi jk ∂k ∂ j φ (derivatives switched)

= −ǫik j ∂k ∂ j φ (definition of ǫ)

= −∇ × ∇φ

= 0 (in general)

6. If a potential flow solution can be obtained to a problem, u = ∇φ, inserting this result in Equa-

tion (2.171), we obtain an expression for p(x) with the viscous terms absent (because ζ = 0).

This means any solution u(x) for which ζ = 0, is a solution to the inviscid equations as well.

7. Potential flow solution to an equation can be obtained by substituting Equation (2.174) in the

continuity equation for incompressible flows.

∇ · u = ∇ · ∇φ = ∇2 φ = 0

This is called as the Laplace equation, which is a linear homogeneous second order equation.

8. An alternative solution scheme for two dimensional irrotational flows is the use of stream func-

tions defined as

∂ψ ∂ψ

u= v=−

∂y ∂x

This choice automatically satisfies the continuity equation

∂ x ∂y ψ + ∂y (−∂ x ψ) = 0

We now require that ψ satisfies the irrotationality condition. In two dimensions the vorticity ζz

from Equation (2.169) is given by

!

∂v ∂u

ζz = 2 −

∂x ∂y

!

∂2 ψ ∂2 ψ

=2 − 2 − 2

∂x ∂y

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∇2 ψ = 0

which is again a Laplace equation. Stream function method can also be used for axis-symmetric

flows.

9. Potential function automatically satisfies irrotationality and the continuity equation leads to a

Laplace equation. Stream function in two dimensions automatically satisfies continuity and

irrotationality leads to a Laplace equation.

10. For two dimensional flows, there is a deeper relationship between potential and stream func-

tions. We have the conditions from the potential and stream function definition

∂φ ∂ψ

(u =) =

∂x ∂y

(2.175)

∂φ ∂ψ

(v =) =−

∂y ∂x

These are called as Cauchy-Riemann conditions in calculus of complex variables, and is a well

studied system. These conditions must be satisfied by the real and imaginary parts of an ana-

lytic function (existence of a complex derivative). That is for any function w(z)

where z = x + i y, to be analytical ( dw

dz exists) its real part φ and imaginary part ψ must obey

Equations (2.175). Differentiating one of Equations (2.175) by ∂ x and other by ∂y and adding

gives two conditions: ∇2 φ = 0 and ∇2 ψ = 0.

11. Conversely, if we find an analytical function w(z), then its real and imaginary parts satisfy

Laplace equation, and therefore are solutions to the incompressible and irrotational (i.e. in-

viscid) flow. w(z) is called as the complex potential, and its derivative (see Arfken and Weber,

1995, for an introduction).

dw

= u − iv

dz

is called as the complex velocity.

12. For two-dimensional flows, lines of constant φ and constant ψ are orthogonal. From vector

calculus we know that the gradient of a scalar ∇φ represents the direction of the normal to lines

of constant φ. This implies the local velocity vector is normal to the lines of constant φ. Lines

of constant ψ on the other hand imply that there is no flow across it (The difference ψ2 − ψ1

between any two streamlines represents the volumetric flow rate, per unit depth.

Zy2 Zy2

Q ∂ψ

= dy u = dy = ψ2 − ψ1 (2.177)

depth ∂y

y1 y1

Therefore, the flow rates between a pair of points separated by the same ∆ψ on constant ψ lines,

are the same, and no fluid escapes through the lines of constant ψ).

Irrotational flow theory therefore forms an important aspect of solution of inviscid flows, mainly

because of its mathematical convenience, since the solution techniques for the Laplace equation is

very well developed. The inviscid solutions simply reduce to solving the second order Laplace equa-

tion, and integrating the pressure from Euler equations.

Lecture 2.26. Potential flow Problems 93

3. Superposition principle

Methods of obtaining solutions to potential flow problems are beyond the scope of this course. We

will only discuss the application of the solution so found in deriving useful fluid mechanical results.

Even in actual applications, one does not strive to obtain solutions, as these have been thoroughly

researched and probably exhausted by mathematicians for centuries! All one needs to do is to find

out suitable analytical solution, and use it for further analysis.

We have seen the approximate distribution of pressure and velocity in a stagnation point flow. Now

we will quantify them. The potential function for a planar stagnation point flow is given by

A 2

φ= x − y2 (2.178)

2

giving

u= Ax v = −A y (2.179)

We can verify that it satisfies the boundary conditions at the solid surface, and there is a stagnation

point at the origin. The stream function can be obtained by integration from the Cauchy-Riemann

conditions Equation (2.175)

ψ = Axy (2.180)

The streamlines are therefore hyperbolic functions (of y on x or x on y). Note also a finite velocity at

y = 0 implies, the fluid does not obey no slip at the wall. The pressure distribution can be obtained

by integrating the momentum balance equations.

A2 2

p = p0 − ρ (x + y2 ) (2.181)

2

where p0 is the pressure at the origin.

Planar flow past a cylinder has solution as the functions

!

R2

φ=U r+ cos θ (2.182)

r

!

R2

ψ=U r− sin θ (2.183)

r

(2.184)

94 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

!

R2

ur = U 1 − cos θ

r2

!

R2

uθ = −U 1 − 2 sin θ

r

2 2

! R 2

ρ U2 1 − R

2

p = p0 − + 4 sin θ (2.185)

2 r2 r

which has a fore-aft symmetry (replace θ by π − θ). This implies that the net force on the cylinder

in the direction of flow is identically zero. That is, the form drag (due to normal stress variation)

in inviscid flows is absent. (In the case of viscous flows the pressure is not fore-aft symmetric, and

real fluids do have a form drag). Since the viscous stress (tangential) is absent in inviscid flows, it

follows that inviscid solutions predicts a frictionless motion of solid bodies in flow. This is known

as the d’Alembert’s paradox: An experimental drag could be measured on flow past objects, but could

not be explained by the theory (that is before the viscous theory of fluids).

Lecture 2.27 Linearity of the Laplace equation allows superposition of elementary flows to con-

struct solution to flows in complex domains.

Uniform flow, Flow past a cylinder, Stagnation flows are some of the simple flows, and also called

as Elementary flows or building blocks (see Fox and McDonald (2001); Wilkes (1999) for more such

examples). The governing equations in terms of potential or stream functions is the Laplace equation.

This equation is linear, implying if ψ1 and ψ2 are solutions to the equation then ψ3 = ψ1 + ψ2 is also a

solution. This provides interesting application of combination of elementary flows, and comparing

with actual flows.

As an example consider a wide channel of water having a small canal emptying out perpendicular

to it (Example 7.3 in Wilkes (1999)). The elementary flows in this case are the uniform flow

ψ=Ux

Q

ψ=− θ

2π

The line source/sink is a source/sink of mass flow that emits/sucks from/into a line perpendicular

to a plane. ±Q is the volumetric flow rate (per unit depth along the line) of mass, for a source/sink

as the sign may be.

In the upstream far away from the small canal the flow is uniform. Near the canal the flow is

similar to the flow generated by a line sink. In this case the line sink has only one half to suck from

therefore the superposed solution looks like

Q

ψ=Ux− tan−1 (y/x)

π

Another application of potential flow theory is in viscous flows in a porous medium. A porous

medium is a complex connected network of micro-channels through which fluid flows. Because the

size of the channels are small, and the velocities are typically very small (compared to usual speeds),

Lecture 2.27. Superposition Principle 95

the Reynolds number in these flows is very small (Re ≪ 1), and creeping flow equations apply for

the velocity field in the pores. However, a “superficial” velocity can be defined as

Q

u0 =

A

where Q is the volumetric flow rate and A0 is the overall cross-section area (including that of the

pores): A0 = A pores /ǫ, where ǫ is the void (pore) fraction. Obtaining the detailed flow profiles (inside

the pore given the complex distribution of pores) is a difficult task. But the superficial velocity is

related to the pressure gradient by a simple expression in certain limits

κ

u0 = − ∇p (2.186)

µ

where κ (/kappa/) is called as the permeability of the medium, and µ is the viscosity of the fluid. This

is called as the d’Arcy’s law, though it is not a “law”, it is just an empirical observation (a theoretical

derivation will be provided later.) It states that superficial velocity is expressed as a gradient of a

potential (in this case the pressure itself), therefore the flow in the superficial velocity is irrotational,

and therefore inviscid. Note the microscopic velocities inside the pores are still viscous, and the

viscosity enters the problem through d’Arcy’s law. Problems in porous media can therefore be solved

by methods of potential flow. Examples include: vertical water bores/oil wells (which is a line sink),

96 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

2.8.1 What They Said

I am an old man now, and when I die and go to Heaven there are two matters on which I hope for

enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids.

And about the former I am rather optimistic.

Richard Feynman

Turbulence is an irregular motion which in general makes its appearance in fluids, gaseous or

liquid, when they flow past solid surfaces or even when neighboring streams of the same fluid flow

past or over one another.

And little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity.

Lewis Richardson

Lecture 2.28 The origin of turbulent flows is due to external disturbances, and a typical charac-

teristic is its chaotic fluctuations in velocity.

Concepts You Must Know

1. Characteristics of turbulent flows

2. Governing equations of turbulent motion is the Navier Stokes, and no new fundamental physics

is involved

When do we know a flow is turbulent, and otherwise? Here are a few characteristic features of

turbulent flows, that are seen in all such flows.

• Large Vorticity ζ = ∇ × u

concentration) brought into contact

– Actual mixing by molecular diffusion

Lecture 2.28. Turbulent Flow Characteristics 97

• Bad: for momentum (as more energy is required to move)

– Not interested in predicting the actual fluctuating motion, but in the mean motion, and

transport coefficients in turbulent flow.

It is difficult to give a general theory into the origin of turbulence, but in most cases it follows the

pattern that can be described in a simple pipe flow (one that is also of most consequence to process

engineers).

• Consider a fully developed laminar flow in a smooth pipe. The nature of the flow (velocity

profile) is the same for any small Reynolds number. We have seen earlier that the creeping

flow solution (Re ≪ 1) is also the one dimensional flow solution (any Reynolds number). If we

increase Re gradually, we will not notice any change in the flow till a critical Re.

• However, around Re ≈ 2100, we can observe that the flow assumes a different character. It

starts to show a three dimensional character, not always, but intermittently.

• Beyond about Re & 4000, the flow assumes a fully 3-D pattern. Note that even at this high

Reynolds number the one-dimensional laminar Poiseuille solution still holds good. However,

it is not easily realisable experimentally.

• In carefully controlled experiment, with an ultra smooth pipe, in a laboratory table and sur-

roundings isolated from any external vibrations, it is possible to continue up to Re ≈ 23, 000 in

a laminar one-dimensional flow. But for most practical purposes it is only around 2000.

• This experiment suggests that external disturbances lead to the flow seeking a state, which is

more favourable at high Re. An analogy can be drawn to a ball in a potential well. The ball

likes to stay in a well that is deep (low energy), in comparison with a well that is shallow. The

number of wells correspond each to an allowable solution to the governing equations equa-

tion. The non-linear NSE allows multiple solutions both laminar and turbulent. The external

disturbances are like some kinetic energy that is provided to the ball which can kick it out of a

well.

– For small Re, the “laminar well” is deep, no amount of external disturbance can kick it out

of the well. It is also said that in this state the flow is stable to disturbances.

– For large Re, the opposite happens: the “turbulent well” becomes deeper, and is preferred.

Here, the laminar flow is unstable to disturbances and is not practically realisable.

– In the transition region both the wells are equally deep, and the ball can easily shift from

one state to another due to external disturbances.

98 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Steady

Unsteady

t

Figure 2.17: Mean and fluctuating velocities in steady and unsteady flows.

Lecture 2.29 For engineering applications the velocity field can be decomposed into a mean mo-

tion and a fluctuating component.

Consider a laminar flow at small Re, such as the pipe flow discussed earlier. When this motion goes

unstable, the unsteady nature of the flow developed is of two types, one in which the mean flow is

steady, and the other in which the mean flow is itself unsteady. The meaning of mean flow being

unsteady means, if we were to repeat the experiment over several realisations of the setup, and then

take an average over realisations (ensembles) then there is a unsteady behaviour (example in a pipe

flow that is externally driven by a pulsating pressure at a definite frequency). See Figure 2.17.

For steady mean flows, the velocity can be decomposed as

|{z} | {z }

Mean flow Fluctuation

Zt

1

ū(x) = lim dt′ u(x, t′ )

t→∞ t

0

The second equation represents the mean flow (denoted by an overbar) what is called as a time aver-

Lecture 2.29. Time Averaged equations 99

u(x, t) = ū(x, t) + u′ (x, t)

N

1 X

ū(x, t) = lim u(x, t)

N→∞ N 0

Here the mean flow is obtained by averaging over several realisations N → ∞, and is called as an

ensemble averaging. For these averages, we can obtain the following relationships.

ū = ū; u′ = 0 by definition of the time average

u v = (ū + u′ ) (v̄ + v′ ) = ū v̄ + u′ v′

Here observe the term u′ v′ , which represents the average correlation between u′ and v′ . This term need

not be zero in general. For example if u′ > 0, v′ can be any thing in general: there is nothing known

a priori that will dictate its behaviour. In cases that v′ takes the same sign as u′ the time averaged

product is always positive, and is negative when it takes the opposite sign. Only in cases where it

takes equally random same and opposite values, is the correlation u′ v′ = 0; then it is said that the

“fluctuations are uncorrelated”.

With these identities, time averages can be carried out for each of the terms in the NSE Equa-

tion (2.28), and we obtain as a result

∂ρūi ∂ ∂ p̄ ∂τ̄i j

+ ρ ū j ūi + ρ u′i u′j = − +

∂t ∂x j ∂xi ∂x j

This equation is rewritten with the correlation of fluctuations taken to the right, and defining it as

τ̃i j ≡ −ρ u′i u′j (2.187)

we get

∂ρūi ∂ ∂ p̄ ∂τ̄i j ∂τ̃i j

+ ρ ū j ūi = − + + (2.188)

∂t ∂x j ∂xi ∂x j ∂x j

The term τ̃ (with a squiggle, tilde above) is called as the Reynolds stress. It represents the turbulent

transport of momentum. Recall (from page 21) that when coarse graining from particulate system

to continuum, we introduced a stress arising from the correlation of fluctuations of the microscopic

particle velocities. Similarly, the fluctuations in the continuum velocities leads to an effective stress,

known as the Reynolds stress. Just as hρ C Ci represents the molecular transport of momentum, ρ u′i u′j

represents turbulent transport of momentum, or τ̃)i j is called as the turbulent momentum flux tensor.

The important achievement of this section is to derive equations governing mean motion. The

equations look identical to Equation (2.29), except for the Reynolds stress term. This again brings us

back to a closure problem, of how to specify the stress terms τ and τ̃ in terms of the other unknowns

to solve the equations. τ can be approximated by Newtons law of viscosity, however, τ̃ does not have

such a generic simple dependence on the gradient of the mean velocity. This is a major stumbling

block in the theory of turbulence. Further progress to obtain a meaningful solution can be obtained

only by some approximations to the Reynolds stress (which is called as turbulence modelling), or from

experimental empiricism (correlations). Also similar to the viscous stress term, is the difficulty that

we have introduced an additional variable for which we do not have a dynamic equation by itself.

Even if we write a dynamic equation of change, that will introduce further unknown variables, and

so on. This is known as a closure problem. That is when we make approximations (here neglecting

fluctuations), we introduce additional variables that are not known from first principles. We need to

invoke a phenomenological model to get closure. Newtons law of viscosity is one such model that

provides the closure. The stress is related to the known variables, velocity gradient. Similarly we

need additional equations for describing the Reynolds stress. It is obtaining these relations is what is

called as Turbulence modelling.

100 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

Lecture 2.30 Elementary turbulence modelling involves simple algebraic expressions for the Reynolds

stress.

Concepts You Must Know

1. Regions of flow near a wall

2. Boussinesq Approximation

We first provide empirical data on the nature of the mean flow velocity profile in turbulent flow,

in the simplest case, near the wall. The flow near a wall can be roughly classified into four regions

1. Viscous sublayer. In this region the flow is laminar, and the shear viscosity plays an important

role. The momentum is primarily transferred by molecular transport of momentum.

2. Buffer layer. This is a transition layer between the viscous and the next layer.

3. Intertial sublayer. In this layer the momentum is primarily transferred by macroscopic eddies,

and viscous effects are sub-dominant.

4. Turbulent Core. This is the main stream, where the eddies transfer momentum (and other

scalar properties such as temperature and species concentration), and velocity profile is nearly

flat. Viscous effects are unimportant.

This classification is not a strict demarcation, as the third and fourth regions may not be distinguish-

able. Some authors use just three regions. The crucial regions are the viscous sublayer and the inertial

sublayer.

In order to solve the equations of motion for the mean velocity, we need a closure expression for

the Reynolds stress. Similar to the Newtonian shear viscosity, Boussinesq proposed an eddy viscosity

relationship of the form

dū

τ̃ xy = µ̃ (2.189)

dy

where µT is the eddy viscosity. Unlike Newtonian viscosity (it has been experimentally observed

that defined this way) µ̃ is not a constant property of the fluid. Therefore such an expression is still

incomplete, and must be supplemented by further modelling.

The analogy of the viscous tensor arising from the neglect of molecular fluctuations to a continuum

fluctuations leading to Reynolds stress, can be carried further, as was done by Prandtl. Just as in the

case of Newtonian fluids the molecular flux of momentum can be written as

r

kB T du

τyx ∼ ρ λ (2.190)

m dy

√

where kB T/m is an RMS fluctuating velocity, and λ is the mean free path, Prandtl proposed for

Turbulent transport of momentum

dū

τ̃yx ∼ ρ vmix ℓ (2.191)

dy

Lecture 2.30. Turbulence Modelling 101

where vmix is a RMS velocity of turbulence, and ℓ is the mixing length, the length over which eddies

interact. Prandtl’s hypothesis was actually in the expression for vmix

dū

vmix ∼ ℓ . (2.192)

dy

The expression for the Reynolds stress becomes

dū dū

τ̃yx ∼ ρ ℓ2

dy dy

| {z }

µ̃ (2.193)

!2

dū

∼ ρ ℓ2

dy

Had the mixing length been a constant, or dependent on the properties of the fluid, further anal-

ysis would have been simplified. However, Prandtl, through observations proposed the following

expression

ℓ = ky (2.194)

where k is dependent on the nature of flow! It is different for flows near a wall and for free turbulence,

such as in atmosphere. Any constant which is dependent on the nature of flow, is not of much use in

a general prediction, in which the nature of flow is not known before hand.

The mixing length model can be used to derive a velocity profile in turbulent flow near a wall. Very

close to the wall (i.e. in the intertial sublayer) we make an assumption that the turbulent shear stress

is nearly equal to viscous stress at the wall

τ̃yx ≈ τw

Substituting this in the mixing length model Equations (2.193) and (2.194), we get

!2

dū

τw = ρ k2 y2 (2.195)

dy

which can be integrated to give r

1 τw

ū = ln y + c

k ρ

where c is the integration constant. This equation can be written in a dimensionless form by the

following definitions

ū

u+ = p (2.196)

τw /ρ

p

y τw /ρ

y+ = (2.197)

ν

to give

u+ = A + B ln y+ (2.198)

p

Here, u∗ ≡ τw /ρ is called as the friction velocity. The form Equation (2.198) very accurately describes

the experimentally observed mean turbulent flow near flow near a wall in the inertial sublayer. An

expression for the velocity in the viscous sublayer can be obtained by integrating the viscous stress

dū

τw = µ

dy

102 Chapter 2. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow

1

τw y

ū =

µ

ū ρ p (2.199)

p = τw /ρ y

τw /ρ µ

u+ = y+

Putting Equation (2.198) and (2.199) together the following empirical expressions have been obtained

experimentally.

+ + +

Buffer layer: 5 < y < 30 u = −3.05 + 5.0 ln y (2.201)

Intertial layer / Core: 30 < y+ u+ = 5.5 + 2.5 ln y+ (2.202)

A plot of these velocity profiles in log and linear scales is shown in Figure 2.18. These profiles are

also known as universal velocity profiles, because they are valid for turbulent flow of any fluid past a

wall. These are used to calculate the heat and mass transfer coefficients in turbulent flow.

Lecture 2.30. Turbulence Modelling 103

100

Viscous Sublayer

Inertial Sublayer

Buffer Layer

u+

10

1

1 10 100 1000

y+

30

Viscous Sublayer

Inertial Sublayer

Buffer Layer

25

20

u+

15

10

0

0 100 200 300 400 500

y+

Figure 2.18: Empirical universal mean turbulent velocity profile: in logscale and linear scale.

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