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Homework Help: Navier-Stokes equation

  1. Jan 11, 2008 #1
    As show below the Fourier Transform of Naiver-Stokes equation. I wonder if the pressure should be in the Fourier transform? In the below transformation there is no pressure.

    [tex]\frac{\partial\vec{u}}{\partial t}\+(\vec{u}\bullet\nabla)\vec{u}=-\frac{\nabla P}{\rho}+\nu\nabla^{2}[/tex]

    N-S in Fourier space [tex]\frac{\partial u_{\alpha}}{\partial t}=-i\int(k_{\beta}-p_{\beta}u_{\beta}(\vec{p})u_{\alpha}(\vec{k}-\vec{p})d^{3}p+i\frac{k_{\alpha}}{k^{2}}\int(p_{\gamma}(k_{\beta}-p_{\beta})u_{\beta}(\vec{p})u_{\gamma}(\vec{k}-\vec{p})
    d^{3}p-\nu k^{2} u_{\alpha}(\vec{k})[/tex]

    I got another question also, how can one interpretate the second term on the left hand side?
    Is this acceleration?
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  3. Jan 11, 2008 #2
    I don't know about the pressure terms in Fourier space. What do the 'p' terms represent if they do not represent pressures?

    The [tex](\vec{u}\bullet\nabla)\vec{u}[/tex] term does indeed represent an acceleration. Both terms on the left hand side of the N-S equations represent acceleration.

    The first term represents accelerations arising if the flow is unsteady, and the second term represents the acceleration of a fluid particle arising from its movement in the velocity field.
  4. Jan 12, 2008 #3
    the small 'p' is the momentum.
    Thanks that what I thought
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