Journal of Engineering Mathematics

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 209–220

On the use of conformal mapping for the computation of hydrodynamic forces acting on bodies of arbitrary shape in viscous flow. Part 1: simply connected body

Article

Abstract

Some aspects of the force and moment computations in incompressible and viscous flows are revisited. The basic idea was developed in Quartapelle and Napolitano (AIAA J. 21:991–913, 1983). They formulated the way to compute the force and moment without explicitly calculating the pressure. The principle is to project Navier–Stokes equations on a set of functions. Surprisingly these functions have a meaning in potential theory. They are precisely the solutions which give the added masses and added moment of inertia for potential flow. By revisiting this problem for two-dimensional flows in unbounded liquid, a general identity giving the added masses and added moment of inertia is formulated. To this end a conformal-mapping technique is used to transform the fluid domain. Once the potential solution has been obtained, the projection method by Quartapelle and Napolitano is implemented. In addition an a posteriori computation of the pressure is described. Applications illustrate the present study.

Keywords

Conformal mappings Simply connected bodies Two-dimensional flows

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