# Accession Number:

## AD0422616

# Title:

## A GENERAL ANALYSIS OF THE STABILITY OF SUPERPOSED FLUIDS,

# Descriptive Note:

# Corporate Author:

## CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA

# Personal Author(s):

# Report Date:

## 1963-10-01

# Pagination or Media Count:

## 26.0

# Abstract:

The problem which is studied may be formulated as follows. In the initial state, one has two fluids separated by a plane interface at y 0. Both viscosity and surface tension are neglected, but the effects of compressibility are retained. In the region y is greater than 0 one has the upper fluid, fluid 1, which moves as a whole in the x-direction with the velocity U1, and in the region y is less than 0 one has the lower fluid, fluid 2, which also moves as a whole in the x-direction with the velocity U2 A constant force of magnitude g per unit mass acts in the y-direction. It is now supposed that the interface is perturbed by a disturbance of the form aeint-ox where the amplitude a is taken to be small. When the kinematic and dynamic boundary conditions are satisfied for the perturbed problem, one finds that the velocity potentials may be expressed in terms of the solutions of Whittakers differential equation. The dispersion relation for the frequency n involves the Whittaker functions and their first derivatives. From this general relation, one may particularize to various physical situations each of which is described by an appropriate limit of the confluent hypergeometric functions. Author