Flow past a Sphere

Kern E. Kenyon
2019 Natural Science  
A new theoretical framework is applied to the steady fluid flow past a solid smooth sphere. Bernoulli's law along a streamline is combined with the cross-stream force balance: centrifugal force on the curved flow equals a pressure gradient. When compared with the standard potential theory for flow past a sphere in a text book, the prospect of a major discrepancy is found. Whereas the decay rate of the velocity perturbation away from the sphere goes as the inverse cube of the distance in the
more » ... book, the decay rate computed here is in all likelihood very different, and it depends on an unknown constant function, the radius of curvature of the streamlines versus distance from the sphere. When that function is supplied either from another theory or from detailed observations (probably streak photographs), then the new approach can be solved completely. In any case, accurate measurements of flow rates at different positions with respect to the solid are badly needed.
doi:10.4236/ns.2019.103010 fatcat:pamhspoqzbcshafzztwuz7w7xm