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Comsol-Fluid flow and shear stress

  1. Nov 12, 2009 #1
    Dear all,

    I was trying to calculate the shear stress due to fluid flow inbetween two parallel plates from the velocity profile taken from the middle of the flow channel (along vertical axis 'y') using comsol. The solution i got is two times the analytical solution i have calculated. The analytical equation i have used here is
    Tou=viscosity*(Umax/h)

    where tou is shear stress, umax is the max velocity
    h is half of the distance between plates.

    The calculation with velocity profile from comsol is done by

    Tou= viscosity*(du/dy)
    du/dy, i calculated with excel from the u,y values in the velocity profile.

    the velocity profile is parabolic and looks laminar.
    is that i am doing something wrong?


    Thanks

    Arun
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009
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