Torque on the Accretion disc


    The diagram on page 26 is the accretion disc.

    The torque acting on the inner edge of the ring (the one that has a thickness of dR in the diagram) is

    RFin = -2[itex]\pi[/itex]R3[itex]\nu[/itex]Ʃ[itex]\frac{dΩ}{dR}[/itex]

    The torque acting on the outer edge of the ring is

    RFout = [2[itex]\pi[/itex]R3[itex]\nu[/itex]Ʃ[itex]\frac{dΩ}{dR}[/itex]]R+dR

    I would think that the net torque acting would be

    T = [2[itex]\pi[/itex]R3[itex]\nu[/itex]Ʃ[itex]\frac{dΩ}{dR}[/itex]]R+dR - [2[itex]\pi[/itex]R3[itex]\nu[/itex]Ʃ[itex]\frac{dΩ}{dR}[/itex]]R

    = [2[itex]\pi[/itex]R3[itex]\nu[/itex]Ʃ[itex]\frac{dΩ}{dR}[/itex]]dR

    but according to equation (66) on page 27 of, the net torque is


    Does anyone know why [itex]\frac{∂}{∂R}[/itex] is included in the expression?
  2. jcsd
  3. Assume you take the limit that [itex] dR \rightarrow 0[/itex] then that is the correct expression, just based on the definition of the derivative.
    Conceptually its because the torque is the difference in force between different radii.
  4. Chronos

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    This sounds suspiciously like a variant on Lorentian aether, which has been thoroughly disproven.
  5. Why does dR [itex]\rightarrow[/itex] 0 makes it a correct expression?
  6. Because that's the definition of a derivative
    [tex] f'(x) \equiv \lim_{dx \to 0} \frac{ f(x+dx) - f(x) }{ dx } = \lim_{dx \to 0} \frac{ f|_{x+dx} - f|_x }{ dx } [/tex]
  7. If that's the definition of the derivative, shouldn't [itex]\frac{∂}{∂R}[/itex] on the expression be [itex]\frac{d}{dR}[/itex]
  8. No, because you're only looking at the explicit R dependence---in your equation f(x) would be just the explicitly R dependent part. So you're just doing the partial derivative.
  9. Tm = [itex]\frac{dj}{dt}[/itex]

    where Tm is the torque per unit mass, and j = R2Ω(R) which is the specific angular momentum (angular momentum per unit mass)

    It may be shown that

    [itex]\frac{dj}{dt}[/itex] = [itex]\frac{∂j}{∂t}[/itex] + (v.[itex]\nabla[/itex])j (convective derivative)

    = vR[itex]\frac{∂j}{∂R}[/itex] [equation (68) of page 27]

    Looking at the convective derivative, I'm guessing that [itex]\frac{∂j}{∂t}[/itex] = 0 due to the derivative of j = R2Ω(R) with respect to t. If that's the case, then surely

    [itex]\frac{dj}{dt}[/itex] should also be 0 which makes vR[itex]\frac{∂j}{∂R}[/itex] equal to 0.

    I don't understand why [itex]\frac{dj}{dt}[/itex] isn't 0.
  10. The change in specific angular momentum would be zero if there were no torque. If there is torque, its not zero.

    The equation you gave, which (at least) looks right---says that [itex] \frac{dj}{dt} = (v \dot \Del ) j = v_R \frac{ \partial j}{\partial R}[/itex] (i think you're right about the partial w.r.t. time being zero---at least if we assume a steady state). But the divergence of the specific angular momentum isn't zero---so neither is the R.H.S.
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