3 years ago

Extrapolation theory for Stokes flow past a deformed sphere.

Paul E. Lammert, Amir Nourhani

We formulate a method for computing Stokes flow past a highly deformed sphere with arbitrarily defined surface velocity. The fundamental ingredient is an explicit {\it extrapolation operator} extending a velocity field from the surface of a sphere, which is expressed in terms of a complete set of basis Stokes fields for the pressure and velocity derived from scalar and vector spherical harmonics. We present a matrix algebra packaging suitable for numerical computation to arbitrary order in the deformation amplitude (deviation from sphericity). The hydrodynamic force and torque on a deformed sphere with arbitrary surface velocity are expressed in terms of basis field amplitudes, and for the classic problem of a rotating and translating rigid body, we compute explicitly the first order in deformation corrections to the flow field as well as the hydrodynamic force and torque.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.05547

DOI: arXiv:1801.05547v1

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