The stress system in a suspension of heavy particles: antisymmetric contribution

Andrea Prosperetti, Q. Zhang, K. Ichiki

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The nature of the stress in a suspension of equal homogeneous spheres all subject to the same force, such as weight, is considered; inertial effects are neglected. This study builds upon some of the well-known work devoted to this problem by the founder of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Professor George K. Batchelor. After developing a general theory, the antisymmetric part of the stress tensor is considered in detail. It is shown that, in addition to a term already found by Batchelor and characterized by an axial vector, the antisymmetric stress contains another term characterized by the curl of a polar vector. As a consequence, a suspension will possess, in addition to an axial vortex viscosity, a polar vortex viscosity. Appendix C presents a calculation of the hindrance function for rotation correct to the first order in the particle volume fraction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-146
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of fluid mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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