Analytical and Numerical Studies of Several Fluid Mechanical Problems

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Analytical and Numerical Studies of Several Fluid Mechanical Problems

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dc.contributor.author Kong, Dali en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-12T08:21:39Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T10:36:33Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-03 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, three parts, each with several chapters, are respectively devoted to hydrostatic, viscous and inertial fluids theories and applications. In the hydrostatics part, the classical Maclaurin spheroids theory is generalized, for the first time, to a more realistic multi-layer model, which enables the studies of some gravity problems and direct numerical simulations of flows in fast rotating spheroidal cavities. As an application of the figure theory, the zonal flow in the deep atmosphere of Jupiter is investigated for a better understanding of the Jovian gravity field. High viscosity flows, for example Stokes flows, occur in a lot of processes involving low-speed motions in fluids. Microorganism swimming is such typical a case. A fully three dimensional analytic solution of incompressible Stokes equation is derived in the exterior domain of an arbitrarily translating and rotating prolate spheroid, which models a large family of microorganisms such as cocci bacteria. The solution is then applied to the magnetotactic bacteria swimming problem and good consistency has been found between theoretical predictions and laboratory observations of the moving patterns of such bacteria under magnetic fields. In the analysis of dynamics of planetary fluid systems, which are featured by fast rotation and very small viscosity effects, three dimensional fully nonlinear numerical simulations of Navier-Stokes equations play important roles. A precession driven flow in a rotating channel is studied by the combination of asymptotic analyses and fully numerical simulations. Various results of laminar and turbulent flows are thereby presented. Computational fluid dynamics requires massive computing capability. To make full use of the power of modern high performance computing facilities, a C++ finite-element analysis code is under development based on PETSc platform. The code and data structures will be elaborated, along with the presentations of some preliminary results. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3651 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject Fluid Mechanics en_GB
dc.subject Hydrostatics en_GB
dc.subject Stokes Flow en_GB
dc.subject Maclaurin Spheroid en_GB
dc.subject Planet en_GB
dc.subject Differential Rotation en_GB
dc.subject Precession en_GB
dc.subject Spheroidal Coordinates en_GB
dc.subject Finite Element Methods en_GB
dc.subject Polytrope en_GB
dc.title Analytical and Numerical Studies of Several Fluid Mechanical Problems en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2012-07-12T08:21:39Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T10:36:33Z
dc.contributor.advisor Zhang, Keke en_US
dc.publisher.department College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in Mathematics en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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