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Nonlinear development of two-layer Couette-Poiseuille flow in the presence of surfactant

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Bassom, AP and Blyth, MG and Papageorgiou, DT, Nonlinear development of two-layer Couette-Poiseuille flow in the presence of surfactant, Physics of Fluids, 22, (10) Article 102102. ISSN 1070-6631 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2010 American Institute of Physics

DOI: doi:10.1063/1.3488226

Abstract

The two-dimensional nonlinear evolution of the interface between two superposed layers of viscous fluid moving in a channel in the presence of an insoluble surfactant is examined. A pair of coupled weakly nonlinear equations is derived describing the interfacial and surfactantdynamics when one of the two fluid layers is very thin in comparison to the other. In contrast to previous work, the dynamics in the thin film are coupled to the dynamics in the thicker layer through a nonlocal integral term. For asymptotically small Reynolds number, the flow in the thicker layer is governed by the Stokes equations. A linearized analysis confirms the linear instability identified by previous workers and it is proven that the film flow is linearly unstable if the undisturbed surfactant concentration exceeds a threshold value. Numerical simulations of the weakly nonlinear equations reveal the existence of finite amplitude traveling-wave solutions. For order one Reynolds number, the flow in the thicker layer is governed by the linearized Navier–Stokes equations. In this case the weakly nonlinear film dynamics are more complex and include the possibility of periodic traveling-waves and chaotic flow.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Mathematical Sciences
Research Group:Applied Mathematics
Research Field:Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences
Author:Bassom, AP (Professor Andrew Bassom)
ID Code:105583
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-01-08
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