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Fluid Mechanics Viscous Dissipation

  1. Nov 26, 2014 #1
    I am trying to find an expression for viscous dissipation for burger's vortex Velocity field which only has velocity component in the V theta direction. I'm confused as to which equation for viscosity dissipation is correct. I am seeing a lot of different things tau:S, tau:delV..which one is correct?

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  3. Nov 26, 2014 #2
    Um.. I think you need to be a bit more specific. What form are you working with?
  4. Nov 26, 2014 #3
    cylindrical coordintates....so this is what the velocity field is
    what I am confused about is what exactly is the equation for viscous dissipation ... My professor said in class that it is 2muS:S (from Navierstokes eq.3) but I am seeing differen things online and I also heard from another classmate of mine that it has something to do with Sxtau components. Im just confused ....sorry if Im confusing the matter here.
  5. Dec 2, 2014 #4
    If S is the rate of deformation tensor (which it certainly appears to be), then:
    S = (∇V+∇VT)/2
    τ = 2μS
    So, the rate of viscous dissipation is τ:∇V = τ:S = 2μS:S. All the relations you wrote are the same, and should give the same results.

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