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An extended Boussinesq theory for interfacial fluid mechanics

Forbes, LK ORCID: 0000-0002-9135-3594, Turner, RJ ORCID: 0000-0002-4376-5455 and Walters, SJ ORCID: 0000-0002-4480-767X 2022 , 'An extended Boussinesq theory for interfacial fluid mechanics' , Journal of Engineering Mathematics, vol. 133 , pp. 1-20 , doi:

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Boussinesq theory can model quite accurately viscous flows that involve multiple fluids with interfaces between them, so long as there is not much difference between the densities of the various fluids. However, the Boussinesq approximation is generally poor when the density ratio between the fluids is large. Here, we propose an Extended Boussinesq approximate equation, that allows for large density ratios, while still remaining straightforward to implement. Examples are given for planar Rayleigh–Taylor instability, where the Boussinesq and the novel Extended Boussinesq models are compared with the predictions of an SPH fluid dynamics code, to confirm this approach.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Forbes, LK and Turner, RJ and Walters, SJ
Keywords: Boussinesq model, extended Boussinesq model, fluid interface, Rayleigh–Taylor instability
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Engineering Mathematics
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publ
ISSN: 0022-0833
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