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Homework Help: Gas Dynamics

  1. May 19, 2005 #1
    I am stuck on some homework - I see many options, but not which is the correct set.

    A simple 2D shear velocity field: v (x-direction) = v (x-dir)(y,t), v (y-dir) = 0, a barotropic flow with uniform density. Does this flow involve expansion, contraction, rotation and or deformation? How does the motion of the fluid look like in the vicinity of an arbitrary point x(0) - streamlines and particle paths? and what is the resulting volume force.

    Concavity and convexity of the structure of the velocity field are important and four possible cases are possible - which ones? and in which direction is the x-momentum transferred in each case?

    How much energy density per unit time must be given to the system to sustain the staionarity of the flow?

    By which other mean can a steady state be achieved when the flow is given by: v(x-dir)=v(x-dir)(y,t), v(y)=v(y-dir)(y) ?

    Can anyone out there give me some guidance?
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    Given: A simple 2D shear velocity field, with v (x-direction) = v (x-dir)(y,t), v (y-dir) = 0.

    or vx = vx(y,t), i.e. the x-component of velocity is a function of 'y' and is time dependent, and

    vy = vy(y), which implies steady-state (i.e. no time dependence), and if vy=0, then there is no flow velocity in the y-direction.

    A barotropic fluid is defined as that state of a fluid for which the denisty [itex]\rho[/itex] is a function of only the pressure. The condition of barotropy of a fluid represents an idealized state. See http://stommel.tamu.edu/~baum/reid/book1/book/node61.html

    Also - http://stommel.tamu.edu/~baum/reid/book1/book/node22.html

    In general, refer to [URL [Broken] Oceanography. Part I: Fundamental Principles
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