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Effects of couple stress on the growth rate of Rayleigh- Taylor instability at the interface, in a finite thickness couple stress fluid

Author(s): N. Rudraiah | G. Chandrashekar

Journal: Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics
ISSN 1735-3572

Volume: 3;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Micropolar Fluid Theory | Complex Fluid | Coronary Artery Diseases | Synovial Joints | Inertial Fusion Energy

In this paper the effects of couple stress on the control of Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI) at the interface between a dense fluid accelerated by a lighter fluid is studied using linear stability analysis. A simple theory, based on fully developed approximations, is used to derive the growth rate of Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI). The cutoff and maximum wave numbers and the corresponding maximum frequency are obtained. It is shown that the effect of couple stress parameter reduces the growth rate considerably compare to the classical growth rate in the absence of couple-stress.
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