Fluid Dynamics pp 111-148 | Cite as

Flows of Incompressible Viscous Fluids

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As it was shown in Sect. 3.2.5, the density variations in a fluid flow decrease with the square of the Mach number (the ratio of the fluid velocity to the sound speed). Hence, for many fluid flows, and especially for those of liquids, incompressibility is an excellent approximation. Moreover, it simplifies very much the equations of motion. This simplification provides us with the easiest context to study the effects of viscosity that we have neglected until now.


Boundary Layer Reynolds Number Viscous Fluid Viscous Force Couette Flow 
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  1. 1.Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et PlanétologieUniversité Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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