PLANE COUETTE FLOW OF A CONDUCTING GAS THROUGH A TRANSVERSE MAGNETIC FIELD.
CONVAIR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CA
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The general equations of a plane Couette flow of an electrically conducting, variable property gas in the presence of a uniform transverse magnetic field are analyzed under several sets of simplifying assumptions. Significant effects upon the skin friction are found in all cases, but heat transfer is found to be affected only through property value variations and the recovery factor not affected at all. Strong effects upon both velocity and temperature profiles are evident in all cases and a separation profile occurs at strong values of the magnetic parameter. When interpreted as a boundary layer flow with plate spacing varied arbitrarily so as to preserve constant mass flow, the results for a constant property, variable conductivity fluid are in good agreement with a boundary layer analysis. This assumption may be of use in obtaining preliminary estimates of variable property flows. Author
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Fluid Mechanics
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics