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# Navier-Stokes equations

Chapter

## Abstract

Navier-Stokes equations describe the motion of a fluid with constant density ρ in a domain Ω ⊂ ℝ u being the fluid velocity, p the pressure divided by the density (which will simply be called “pressure”), \(
\nu = \tfrac{\mu }
{\rho }
\)
the kinematic viscosity, µ the dynamic viscosity, and f a forcing term per unit mass that we suppose to belong to the space L

^{d}(with d = 2, 3). They write as follows$$
\left\{ \begin{gathered}
\tfrac{{\partial u}}
{{\partial t}} - div[v(\nabla u + \nabla u^T )] + (u \cdot \nabla )u + \nabla p = f, x \in \Omega ,t > 0, \hfill \\
divu = 0, x \in \Omega ,t > 0, \hfill \\
\end{gathered} \right.
$$

(15.1)

^{2}(ℝ^{+}; [L^{2}(Ω)]^{d}) (see Sec. 5.2). The first equation is that of conservation of linear momentum, the second one that of conservation of mass, which is also called the continuity equation. The term (u ⋅ ∇)u describes the process of convective transport, while —div [υ(∇u + ∇u^{T})] the process of molecular diffusion. System (15.1) can be derived by the analogous system for compressible flows introduced in Chap. 14 by assuming ρ constant, using the continuity equation (that in the current assumption takes the simplified form divu = 0) to simplify the various terms, and finally dividing the equation by ρ. Note that in the incompressible case (15.2) the energy equation has disappeared. Indeed, even though such an equation can still be written for incompressible flows, its solution can be carried out independently once the velocity field is obtained from the solution of (15.1).## Keywords

Spectral Element Stokes Problem Spectral Element Method Temporal Discretization Spurious Mode
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