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Potential Flow

  • Leonid M. Brekhovskikh
  • Valery Goncharov
Part of the Springer Series on Wave Phenomena book series (SSWAV, volume 1)

Abstract

It was shown above that vortexes cannot originate or disappear in an ideal (inviscid) fluid moving in the field of a potential force. Consequently, if the flow is potential initially (i.e., curl υ = 0 everywhere), it remains so indefinitely. Of course, one can constantly observe the creation and disappearance of the vortexes in a real fluid. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to first consider some problems of a potential flow since this very often appears to be a good approximation to real fluid flow; in addition, the equations describing this flow are much simpler.

Keywords

Circular Cylinder Stream Function Conformal Mapping Laplace Equation Potential Flow 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonid M. Brekhovskikh
    • 1
  • Valery Goncharov
    • 1
  1. 1.P. P. Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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