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 Quote by jhuleea Hi all, Find the principal rates of deformation and principal axes for the flow given by: u = (x,y) and v = 0, satisfying the continuity equation (density = rho = constant)
I guess that continuity should be du_i/dx_i=0 instead of div(u_3)=0.

Anyhew, your solution seems correct up till and including the principal directions (with the note that u=u(y) only, i.e. 2-D shear flow). When I calculate the principal values and directions in the old fashion way (as eigenvalues/eigenvectors of the strain rate tensor), I get the same directions, but principal values are +/- du/dy.

Cheers //Rope