CHAPTER 2: Low-reynolds-number flows

Howard A. Stone, Camille Duprat

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In this chapter, we provide a brief description of some of the main results of low-Reynolds-number hydrodynamics. In particular, we introduce the general subject by way of several example flows and provide derivations or explanations of some of the fluid dynamics themes that are used in later chapters of this book: channel flows, Darcy's approximation, kinematic reversibility, integral equations, point forces, slender body theory, Jeffery orbits, etc. Specifically, we discuss general theoretical principles, and describe various problems involving the motion of rigid spherical particles, deformable particles, and elongated particles. The main goal of this chapter is to present the physical intuition and underlying mathematics of common low-Reynolds-number flow situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFluid�Structure Interactions in Low-Reynolds-Number Flows
EditorsCamille Duprat, Howard A. Stone
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages53
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameRSC Soft Matter

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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