Extensions to three-dimensional flow in a porous channel

R. E. Hewitt, P. W. Duck, M. Al-Azhari

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    We consider the flow of a viscous, incompressible fluid contained between two parallel, porous walls. The flow is driven by a spatially uniform injection/suction of fluid through the bounding walls. We extend the solution structure of previous investigations to a more general three-dimensional stagnation-point form which can capture a whole range of phenomena in a single class of states. In particular, we show that this form of solution contains states previously discussed under more restrictive assumptions on the flow field. We show that a range of two- and three-dimensional states exist, together with symmetry-broken solutions and periodic states. We discuss the stability of these states and relate the previous results of Drazin, Banks, Zaturska and co-workers to those of Goldshtik and Javorsky on the "bifurcation to swirl" and of Hewitt and Duck on non-axisymmetric von Kármán flows. © 2003 Published by The Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics and Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-39
    Number of pages22
    JournalFluid Dynamics Research
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


    • Berman problem
    • Exact Navier-Stokes solutions
    • Similarity solution
    • Symmetry breaking


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