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Principles of Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics

Krishnamurty Karamcheti
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Stanford University


The aim of this book is to explain the basic principles and analyticaJ methods underlying the theory of the motion of an ideal fluid (an inviscid incompressjble fluid) and the role of the theory in describing and predicting the flows associated with the motion' of certain bodies of aerodynamic: interest suc:h as wHigs and bodies of revolution. I have attempted to describe ideal-fluid aerodynamics, although restricted to certain problems, . .as a branch of theoretical physics. The subject is' developed from basic: principles showing clearly the complementary features of physical understanding and the mathematical handling of the theory.. The intention is to show the role of physical understanding in mathematical formulation, .to ~ring out the motivation for the mathematical language and, methods employed and the necessity for a!,plying a certain,amount of mathematical rigor in arriving at physically appealing solutions. The book is written to serVe as a sel~-contained text at the senior under.. graduate or first-year graduate level. The idea is not to give inadequately explained solutions to many special problems, but rather to present, for~ few selected practical problems, a unified treatment leading from ba.ic principles to practically meaningful results. A large part of the book deals with general concepts and mathematical methods, always related, however, to the solution of problems. In this way I hope that the book will perform the valuable function of teaching subject matter related to a broader methodology that will lead logically to more advanced topics and methods in fluid mech.anics; it should be of interest to students in various disciplines, such as applied mathematics, physics, and engineering. This book has grown out of lectures on aerodynamic theory which I have offered for the last decade and which have been received with considerable enthusia>m. It is because of the students' encouragement that I venture to publish thnm. I am greatly indebted to Professor Irmgard Fliigge Lotz for reviewing the manuscript and fOr many valuable suggestions and discussions. My special thanks are due to Dr. Maurice L. Rasmus~n who read the manu script and offered valuable critic'sm. Many students have helped me enthusiasticaUy with the preparation of the book, and my deep appreciation goes to all of them.



I am very grateful to Professor O. O. Tietjeos for furnishing me with original prints of many of the fto.w photographs. . The original source of the- photographs for the plates and 9 is the National Physical Laboratory, Engl~nd, and I am gready obJiged to its Director for permission to reproduce the photographs which are Crown copyright. The original photographs for plates 3, 4, 6a, and 7 are all from prewar Germanpubiication$, and J wish to r~ord my indebtedness to their respective sources. Plates 3 and 4 are after F. Homann, Forschrmg auf dem Gebiete des Ingenieurwesens, 7 (1936). Plate 68 is after L. Prandtl, Handbucli cler Experimentalphysik, 4, Part } (Leipzig. J931). Plate 7 is after Piandtl, The Physics of Solids and Fluids (London, 1~30) The typing was capably handled by' Mrs. Katherine Bradley, Miss Gail Lemmond, and Mrs.' Elaine Morris. My sincere thanks to them, Finally I wish to express my appreciation to John Wiley and Sons for the understanding, patience, and encouragement they have extended me over the years. Krishnamurty Karamcheti


1. INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . .

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Stanford, Caltf0miD August 1966

1.1 Fluid as a Continuous Medium . . . . . . . . . 2 1.2 Properties of a Fluid at Rest: Thermodynamic properties; Compressibility.; Incompressible fluid; : Heat conduction and the coefficient of thermal conductivity . . . . . . . 2 1.3 Properties of a Fluid in Motion: Friction or viscosity; Coefficient of viscosity; Compressibility; Heat transfer. 4 1.4 Laminar and turbulent motioos . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 1.5 Some Relevant Parameters: Relative magnitude of the foroes, Froude number, ReynOlds number, and M~h number; Par.ameters characterizing compressibility; PrandtJ number; Parameters on which force and heat transfer depend . . . 13 1.6 Range of Some Parameters . . . . . : . . . . ,23 1.1 Conditiong for Neglecting Compressibility' Effects; Case of liquids; Case of gases. . . . , . . .', . . . . 23 1.8 Conditions for ~eglecting Gravity EffeCts . . . " . . 25 1.9 Nature of the Problem when Compressibility Effects are Negligible. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 1.10 Variation of Fl(>w Patterns with Reynolds Num~; Flow past bluff bodies; Flow past stteamlined bodies . . . . . . ". 26 1.11 Variation of Flow Pattern with Mach number . . . . . . . 3S J.l2 Effects of Viscosity at High Reynolds Numbers:, The Boundary layer: Boundary layer concept; Some characteristiCs of the lami.nar boundary layer; Turbulent boundary layer; separauon; Wakes . . . . . . '. . . . . . . . . . . . '. . 1.13 Consequences of the Boundary-Layer Concept .. ' 1.14 Ideal Fluid Theory . . . . . . . . ' . . . . . . . . . .



2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.S 2.6 2.7

, Representation of a Vector. Addition and Subtraction . . Definition of a Vector . . . Multiplication by a Number . Unit Vector . . . . . . . . Zero Vector . . . . . . . . ScalarProduct of Two Vectors

60 60
61 61 61



2.8 Vector Product of Two Vectors . . . . . . . 2.9 Plane Area as a Vector 2.10 Velocity of a Point of a Rotating Rigid Body 2.11 Polar and Axial Vectors. , . . . . . ' . . 2.12 Multiple Products: Salar triple product; Vector iriple product . . " . . . . 2.13 Components of a Vector . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.14 Specification.9f a Vector . . . . : . . . . . . . ~.15 Cartesian Coordinates !Dd the i, j, k System of Unit Vectors 2.16 Notion of Curvilinear Coordinates . . . . . . . . . . . 2.17 Orthogonal Curvilinear Coordinates: ExampJcs-.Cylinchical a.nd spherical coordinates .. . . ... . . . . 2.18 Products of Vectors in Terms of Their Components . 2.19 Functions Involving Vectors and Scalars 2.20 Scalar and Vector Helds . . . . . . . . . . '.' . . 2.21 Differentiation of a VeCtor Function of a Scalar Variable . 2.22 Changes in the Unit' Vectors of CylindricIIJ and Spherical Coordinates. . . . . .' . . . . . '. . . . . . . . . . 2.23 Frames of Reference . . . . . . . .'. . . . . : . . . 2:24. Differentiation of a Scalar Function of a Vector: Concept of a gradient . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ' . . 2.25 Differentiation of a Vector Function of a Vector: COncept of tensor gradie,nt of Ii vector; R~lationof divergence, strain, rotation, and curl to the tensor gradient . . 2.26 Del, the Vector Differential Operator .. . . . 2.27 Integration of a Vector Function of a Scalar . 2.28 l-ine Integrals: Circulation . . . . 2.29 Surface Integrals . . . '.' . . . . 2.30 Volume Integrals . . . . . . . . 2.31 Integral Definition of the,Gradient . 2.32 Divergence 0(' a Vector Field . . . 2.33 Curl of a Vector Field,. . . . . . 2.34 Components of a Curl as Circulation. 2.35 Some Related Remarks. . .,' . . .,.' 2.3,6 Relations Between Surfacr. and Volume Integrals,: Gradient theorem; Divergence theorem. . 2.37 Theorem of Stakes . 2.38 Further 0p'lations . 2.39 Lap~ Operator ., 2.40 Green~ Theorem . 2.41 Irrotatiomll Field: Scalar potential . .' 2.42 SQlenoidal Field: . Vector potential . 2.43 Laplace's Equation. .'. . . . . . 2.44 Poisson's Equation. . . . . . , . 2.45 Expressions in General Orthogonal Curvilinear Coordinates: Unit vectors: Infinitesim'll dist.ance between two neighboring

Contents points; Differential volume and surface elements; Gradient; Di~ergence; Curl; Laplacian 2.46 Some Useful Relations 3. STRESS IN A FLUID,



62 65 66 69 69 72 74 75 77 79 '83 84 87 89 94 96 98

140 146

3.1 Surface Forces and Body Forces. 3.2 Concept of Stress and the Specification of Stress at a Point 3.3 Stress in a Fluid at Rest: Hydrostatic pressure 3.4 Stress in a Fluid in Motion 3.5 Stress in a Non-Viscous Fluid in Motion: PreSsure 3.6 Pressure Distribution in a Fluid at Rest. 3.7 Concluding R e m a r k s , .

148 149 153 154 155 155 157 IS8

I ~8 159



4.1 4.2


103 108

115 116

4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 4.10 4.11 4.12 5.

Lagrangian Method Eulerian Method . Connection between the Lagrangian and Eulerian Descriptions Steady and Ur.steady Mvtions . Path Line, Streamlines Stream Surfaces and Stream Tubes. Reference Frame and Streamline Pattern Stream Function3 Stream Function For Two-dimensional Flow Stream Function For Axisymmetric Motion , Stagnation Points

I SO 162 162 162 164 165 165 16'8 170 172

120 125 t.28


5.1 5.2 5.3

17S 1'7$

130 131 133 133 t34 136 137


5,4 5.5 5,6 5.7 5.8 5.9 5.10 5,11 5, J2

Local, Convective and Material Derivatives Euler's Equation. Equation of Conservation of Mass: Change of volume of a fluid element Equation of Energy , , . . , . , Equation of State . . . . . . . .. Equations for an Inviscid Compressible Fluid Condition of Incompressibility, Consequences of Incompressibility Equations for an Ideal Fluid Inilial Conditions Boundary Conditions for an Ideal Fluid: Condition at a solid fluid b,~undary: Condition at a free surface Conditions at Infinity.

181 184 186 187 187 188 190 190 190 194

Contents '5.13 Stream Functions for .Iocompu'uible Flow . '. . 194 S.t4 VectQr'PQtential for Incompressible Flow and Its Relation in the Stream Functions. ~ . . . . . . . . . . . . . ',' 196 S.IS Elimination of the Body Forces from the Equation of M~tion for a Certaiil Inc:ompreSsible Flow Problem. ' 197 '" ALTERNATE FORMS OF THE 'EQUATIONS 198

Contents of Change of Circulation~ Kelvin's Theorem Irrotational Motion . . . . . . . . : . . '. Velocity Potential . . . .'. . . . . . . Equations for Irro:ational Motion of an Ideal FlWcl . . Irrotational Motion as an Impulsiwly Gencra~ MotioO: Velocity Potential as the Potential of an Impulse: . . 9.10 Boundary ConditiQns: Condition' at a. solid-8uid boundary; Conditions at ,free surface . . . . . . ~ . . . . 9.11 Problems of Concern.' . . . . . . . '., . . . '. 9.12 Some Topological Notions: Connectivity; Reconcilable' a~d irreconcilable paths; Reducible and irrcduc:ible circuits; Reconcilable and irreconcilable circuits; Simply connected region; Doubly connected region; Multiply connected region; Barriers . . . . . . . . . .., ." . . 9.13 lrrotational Motion in a Simply Connected Region. 9.14 Irrotational Motion in a Doubly Connected Region. 9.15 Summary. . . . . . . . . . 9.16 Conditions at Infinity. . . . . . . . . . 9.17 Velocity Components at Infinity . . . . . . . . . .. 9.18 Some Further Properties of IrrotAtional Motion: Simply connected region; Doubly connected region. . . . . . . . 9.19 Stream Functions and the Velocity Potential; Two-dimensional motion; Axisymmetric motion

9 ..S 9.6 9.7. 9.8 9.9


239 244 244 US


6.1 Equation of Change . . 198 6.2 Conservation of Mass . 199 6.3 Conservation of Momentum. 199 6.4 Conservation of Energy . .. 201 6.S Integral Form of the Equations From the Point of View of a Fixed Region of Space . . . . . . . . . . ;'. . . . . . 20~ 6.6 IiltegraI Form of the Equations From the Point of View of a Finite Fluld Region . . . .' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203 6.7 Rate of Change of a QUantity Following a Fluid ~n 20S 6.8 Equations of Change ocari IdCal Fluid . . .. ", . . , 207 6.9 Rate ofChangc of It Q\aU)tity Following ~ Moving Regionol Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,207


1S9 263 261

268 '
269 276



7.1 A Stationary Dilcontinuity ,in a Steady Flow . . . 7.2 A Moving Discontinuity in the Unsteady Flow of an I~ 'Fluid ~ . . . . . ,. . . . . . . . . . . 7.3 DiscOntinui.ty in the Flow ofaalnliornogeneouiIncompressible Fluid . . 7.4 Remarks . . . . . .'. '. . . . . . .





10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4


217 219


IN SPECIAL CASES. . . . . . . , . . . .
Mathematical CharaCter of the Equations . . . . . . . . Integration of Euler's Equation in Steady Rotational-Moti~ Spatial Variation of Hs . . . . . . , . . . . . Integration of EUler'i Equation in Irrotational Motion 8.' Remarks on an Irrotationa,i Forc:c Field 8:6 Remarks on,Bernu,ulli'sEquation 8.1 8.2 8.l 8.4

221 221 223 224


to.5 10.6 10.7 10.8

10.9 10.10 10,11 10.12


Mathematical Problem . . . ~ Expanding Sphere . .... . . Problem for a Translating Body in Terms of Reference Frame. . . . . . . . '.' . . . . Translating Sphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . Force on a Translating Body of Arbitrary Shape Impulse . , . . . . . . . . The Apparent Mass Tensor . . Kinetic Energy and Impulse . . Moment on a Translating Body Uniform Transiation . Per,manent Translation Remarks . . . . . .

. . . 279 Body Fixed . 281 . . 284 .. 291 ' 297

JOI 304
309 311 311


9.1 Most General Motion 9f a Fl,uid ElelQent. " 9,2 Rotation and Vorticity . . . . ~' . . . . 9;3' Cin:uIation and Vorticity. , ~ . . ' . . . 9.4~ 0( CbanpofVoi'dclty: HelmhOltz's 1boomil


'312 312 313 317

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231 233 235


11.1 Statement of the Problem . 11.2 Simple Polynomial Solutions 11.3 The Source Potential . . . , ; ~ 11.4 Source i!l a Uniform Flow (Axisymmetric Flow over a Semiinfinite Body of Revolution), . -. . . . .~' _ . . . . .'.

Contents Contents
Il.S Source and Sink in a Uniform Flow (Axisymmetric Flow over . . a OosedBody of Revolution) . 11.6 Line Distribution of Sources and Sinks in a Uniform Flow: Axisymmetric Flow over Slender Bodie~ of Revolution 11.7 The Doublet Potential' . . .. 11.8 Doublet in a Uniform Stream; Flow over a Sphere 11.9 Line Distribution of Doublets in a Uniform'Stream: Lateral and Axisymmetric Flow Past a Body of Revolution 11.10 Flow Past Arbitrary Bodies of Revolution. ILl! Flow Past an Arbitrary Body 11.12 Pressures 11.13 Discussion. , 11.14 Force on an Arbitrary Body: d'Aiembert's Paradox. 11.1 S (;irculation as the Agency of Force . .. 12. STEADY TWO-DIMENSIONAL ACYCUC MOTION
12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.S 12.6 12.7 12.8 12.9 12.10 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 14.9 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.1S 14.16 14.17 14.18

327 331 333 339

342 343 344



3SS 3S9 3S9

361 363 364 365 367 369 371 372

Recapitulation. , . . ... , . . Further Considerations Relating to the Stream Function Problem in Terms of the Stream Function. Uniform Stream. Source Flow '. Combination of a Source and a Sink of Equal Strength . Doublet . . . ~' Source and Sink of Equal Strength in a Uniform Stream Doublet in Uniform Stream:' Flow over a Circular Cyliiider Flow ,Past an Arbitrary Cylinder. '.'

14.20 14.21


Nomenclature and Algebra of Complex Numbers Geometrical Interpretation Polar and Exponential Forms of a Complex Number . Function of a Complex Number . Analytic Function ' ',' ~auchy-Riemann Conditions Some Conseque~ of Cauchy-Riemann Equations Remarks . . ' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Some Analytic Functions, . . . . . . . . . . . Geometrical Significance of a Complex Function.: Notion of Mapping Some Simple Transformatio~ ; .Conformal Transformation: Transformation ~y Analytic Functions. Critical Point of a Transformation Complex Integrals The Cauchy Integral Theorem. Integration in Multiply Connected 'Regions Some Simple Integrals, . The Cauchy Integral Formula . .' . Unlimited Differentiability of an Analytic Function' Taylor Series Laurent Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Integration of Function with Singularities:. ~e Residue Theorem ,




413 414 41S 416 417 420







375 376


13.1 13-Z 13,3 13.4


IS.1 Complex Potential and Complex Velocity I S.2 Flows Represented by Some Simple Functions .

444 444 446 450 451

13.6 13.7



Circulatory Flow with Constant VortiCity. Circulatory Flow without Rotation: Vortex Flow Circulation as the Strel"gth of a Vortex Flow . . Stream and Potential Functions for a Vortex Flow Uniform Flow Past It Circular Cylinder with Circ~ati6n Flow with Circulation Past an Arbitrary Cylinder . . . Kutta-Joukowski Tlieorem and the Problem oftheJ~irculation Theory of Lift '. r Airfoils, Circulation, and the Kutta Condition ',' The Generation of Circulation. " Mathematical Problem

378 381 382


IS.3 Circulation and Source Strength .

IS.4 Flow Past an Arbitrary Cylinder. 15.S Flow Past a Circular Cylinder . 15.6 Complex Representation of Forces and Moments Acting on


389 390 393

an Arbitrary Body: Blasius'Relations

15.7 Force and Moment on an Arbitrary Cylinder:


Kutta454 456 458



14.1 ,Geneqil Solution of Laplace's Equation in Two DimenSions:

402 402

Joukowski Theorem .' Mapping of Flows. 15.9 Transformation of Circulation and Source Strength 15.10 Transformation of Flow Past an Arbitrary Cylinder into that Past a Circular Cylinder: Transformation; Conplex potential and complex velocity for the flow past the circle; Velocity fi~ld in the plane of the arbitrary cv:indcr; The pressure field; Force and moment on the arbitrary cylinder: Remarks


Introduction of the Complex Variable

Contents 16. PROBLJ1,:M OF THE. AIRFOIL .

16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5


19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7

535 538 548 548 554 562 564 564


16.7 lc>..8 16.9 16.10 16.11 16.12

Nomenclature. . . . . . . Mapping of the Trailing Edge KuttaConditlon and the Value of Circulation: Lift on-theAirfoil . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . Moment on the Airfoil: Moment at no-lift; Aerodynamic center and the moment about the aerodynamic center. . . Velocity and Pressure Distributions on the Airfoil Surface. Transformation of a Circle into an Airfoil. The 10ukowski Transformation . TIre 10ukowski Airfoils , .' . . ... . . Properties ofJoukowski Airfoils.. . . . Other Airfoils: Karman-Trefftz airfoils. Theodocsen's Method tor the Arbitrary Airfoil

466 467 468 470 471 474 475 477 479

Prandtl's Theory, . . . . . . . . . . Problems of Inte~ . . . . . . . . . Elliptic Lift DistribUtion: Elliptic Wing Solution for the Arbitrary Wing: Trefftz's Method. Forces and Moments on an Arbitrary Wing'. . . . ~tion of the Smallest Drag. . . . . . . . . . Determination of the Coefficients A.. : Methods of and Irmgard Lotz . . .~. . . . . .

. . . Glauret


487 490 492 492 494 495 496 499

20.1 20.2

568 568


17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6

Fonn~lation of the Problem in Terms oftbe Perturbation Field

20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7

Simplification of the Boundary Condition . Transfer of the Boundary Condition .' Frame Work of the Theory of the Thin Airfoil Pressure R~lation in the Simple Theory . ; . . Symmetrical Airfoil at IZero Angle of Attack: SoJuti9n by 500 So~ Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . i7.7 Cambered Airfoil of Zero Thickness at Zero Angle of Attack: . Solution by Vortex Distribution . ' 506 11..8 flat Plate Airfoil at an Angle of Attack: Solution by Vortex 514 Distribution . . '. 516 17.' Aerodynamic Characteristics of a Thin Airfoil .

Formulation of the Problem in Terms of the Perturbation Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . '.' Boundary Con~ion for a Slender Body of Revolution: Axisymmetric Flow Past a Slender Body of Revolution; Cross Flow or Latera. Flow Past a.Slender ~y of Revob';on Axisymmetric Flow Past a Slender Body of Revolution: Solution by Source Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cross. Flow Pa:ot a Slender Body of Revolution: Solution by Doublet Distribution . ; . . . . . . . . . . ; . . . . Pressure Distribution; Axial Flow; Lateral'Flow; Flow at an Angle of Yaw . . . . . . . . . . . Forces on the Body of Revolution . . Moment on the Body of Revolution'

574 578 581 584 587 589 601 605

Selected Problems References . .




18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18;5 18.6' 18.7 18.8 18.9 18.10

518 518 519 520 520 . 523 524 526 528 530 532

Appendix A: Appendix B:

Recapitulation. . . . . . . . . . . . 'io.rtex Line, Surface, Tube and Filament Vorticity Field is a Divergenceless Field. Spatial Conservation of Vorticity: Strength of a Vortex Tube Consequences of the Theorems of Helmholtz and Kelvin . . Velocity Field Que to a Vortex Distribution in an Incompressible F1ui<j.. . . .'. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Velodty Field of a Vortex Filament: Biot-Savart La " Simple Applications . . . . . . Vortex Sheet .' . . . . . . . . Solution for the Vector Potential.

Theorems of Linear and Angular Momentum. Characteristics of the Flow Fields of Two-Dimensional Source and Vortex Distributions Appendix C: Poisson's Integral Formulas Appendix Q: Conjugate Fourier Series . Appendix E: SOme: Integrals '
Index . . .

612. 617 621 624 629

Chapter 1


Aerodynamics is one branch of fluid mechanics, the science of the motion of liquids and gases, both of ~hich together are known as fluids~ Fluid mechanics is'a very extensive subject encompassing widely diverse topics such as the motion of airplanes and missiles t!trough the atmosphere, satellites through the outer atmosphere, submarines and ships through water, .the' swimming of microscopic organisms, the flow of liquids and gases through ducts, the tran .fer of heat and mass by fluid motion, propagation of sound throus'" gases and liquids, the study of ocean waves and tides, the study of air r .!&Sses in the atmosphere, and many astrophysical, geophysical, anei meteorological problems. Aerodynamics deals primarily with the motion of air, or; ~ore generally, of any gas.'" The science dealing with the motion of water, or, mote generally, of any liquid is called hydrodynamiCS. A great deal of aerodynamics is concerned with the phenomena on which flight (such as that of an airplane) depends, and aerodynamics is usually thought of as the science offlight. The possibility of flight rests on the nature of the force experienced by a body moving through air. This force on the body is usually resolved into two components: one called lift, in a directio~ normal to the flight direction and a fixed direction in the body, and the other called drag, in a direction op'tx>sed to that of motion. In the practical problem of flying lift is desirable to sustain or lift the body against its own weight, whereas drag is undesirable because it hinders the motion of the body, forcing us to expend energy (by means of a propulsive device) to compensate for it. The principal requirement of mechanical flight is to have a body that experiences a large lift and a low drag. Fortunately, there are certain bodies, such as the wings of an airplane, which are capable of prooucing more lift than drag. The study of lift and drag is an important part of aerodynamics. The scope of this book is limited to certain aspects of the study oflift and drag. In. particular. we shall be concerned mainly with the study of flows related to the motion of a wing or an airshiplike body moving with a constant velocity througr. otherwise undisturbed air, the
.. It is then referred to as gasdynamics.

Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics


magnitude of the velocity being sufficiently small compared to the speedjf sound in the undisturbed air. As is known from observation, essential differences exist between the phenomena underlying the motion of a body through air at a sufficiently low speed and those underlying the motion of the body at a high speed as compared to t~ speed of sound in the undisturbed air. We now describe b!iefly some of the properties of a fluid that are called into play in determining flows pertaining to our objective and outline the approximate basis on which we shall analyse these flows. 1.1 Fluid As a Continuous Medium Fluids, like all matter, are made up of molecules. Thus the properties of fluid motion such as are observed may be studied on the basis of the mechanics of the molecules composing the fluid. Although such a procedure may appear feasibll! in principle, it will indeed be a formidable task to achieve solutions of practical problems. Apart from this consideration, we are generally not interested in the details of the mechanics of the molecules. What we wish to do is to establish relations between various macroscopically observable quantities pertaining to a fluid at rest or in motion. Such observabie properties are called macroscopic or bulk properties. They are mean values in space and time obtained by taking the average over a sufficiently large volume containing a considerable number of molecules and a sufficiently long time compared to a certain time related to the mechanics of the molecules. From the macroscopic point of view this will mean" in many practical flow problems, such extremely small volumes and short time intervals that the variations in the bulk properties of the fluid, whether at rest or in motion, could hardly be observed within those volumes and time intervals. For instance. at 'normal temperature and pressure. a ~olume of 10-11 cc (a cube of width 1/1000 mm) Y'ill".contain about 2.7 x 107 molecules. a large number. This being the case, It IS a reasonable approximation to regard a fluid, whether at rest or in motion, as a continuous distribution of matter. We then speak of the fluid as a continuous medium or as a continuum. With such a picture of the fluid, we call an infinitely !lOlall fluid element a fluid particle. We now consider some of the bulk properties of a fluid. In doing so we restrict ourselves to a fluid in which chemical reactions, electromagnetic' processes. radiation, and the like are absent. 1.2 Properties of a Fluid at Rest
ThermodYlUlmic Properties_ The 'properties density. pressure. and temperature at a point in a liquid or a gas in static equilibrium are well

known. To fix our ideas about the nature of a fluid, let us recall the notion of pressure~ At any point it is ~he magnitude of the normal stress acting on an ele~entalplane arc:a passing through that point (see Chapter 3 for more de.tads on the concept c)f stress, pressure, and so forth). It is known from experience that in a fluid at rest only normal stresses occur and thilt in .general. they are "compressive" in nature. When only normal stresse~ ~ur~ it can ~ shown easily that at any point they should be equal in all dlr~..ons..It IS ~l~o .a matter of experience that the force exerted by a flUid m static eqwhbnum on a solid body submerged in it is due to only normal acting on the surface of the body. . !he factthat.only normal stresses occur for a fluid in static equilibrium IS ~n contrast With the state of affairs for a solid in static equilibrium (Doth bemg under the action of external forces). It is known that for a solid in static equilibrium both normal and tangential stresses occur in general. ~e absence of tangential stresses in a state of static equilibrium is what distinguishes a flUid from a solid and may be considered as the property that defines a fluid. For a fluid in static equilibrium; besides pressure. density, and temperature, .t~e properties such as internal energy, enthalpy, and entropy are also fa~har concepts. These various thermodynamic properties and others h~e them a~e not all.indepe?dent of each other. As shown by observations, functional relations eXIst between them. Such relations are known as' characte~istic equarions or equations of state. For example, p == p~T, where R IS a. co?stant, is an equation of state for a perfect gas. Equations of state for hqulds and other gases are not of such simple forn.

Ali fluids undergo changes in volume under changes and tem~rature. For fluids in static ~quilibrium the changes l~ pressure result from the ap~lied external forces and the changes in tempera~ure result from nonumform heating of the fluid. The ability for changes In voTUI'M of a mass offluid is known as compressibility. It is well known that gases are more easily compressed than liquids. When a fixed mass of a flui~ undergoes ch~nges in volume, its density also changes. !bus the capacity for chan~s m the density of a mass element of -a fluid IS also known as compressibility. Under normal circumstanCes, in liquids, ,the changes in density due to pressure chan~es are practically unobservable. Density changes due to temperature d~fferences are, however, not negligible in general. If the t~m~tature differences are sufficieotly small, the density changes in a liqUid are almost nil and the liquid may then be regarded as an incompressible fluid. An incompressible fluid is one whose elements undergo no changes in volume or density.
~f pressure


Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics Compressibility is easily noticeable in gases. In certain circumstances, howeve,r, the changes in volume or density of an element of a gas may be negligibiy small. In such a case, as a reasonable approximation, the gas may be regarded as an incompressible fluid.


Hellt Co_ctio.. When a fluid in static equilibrium is heated nonuniformly, heat may be transferred (without causing motion of the fluid) from points a1 which the temperature is high to those at which it is low by what is called thermal conduction. Consider a surface element situated at some point in the fluid. Observations show that under usual circumstances the heat flux (which is the amount of heat transferred across the surface element per unit time per unit area) in the direction of the normal to the element is proportional to the spatial rate of change of ~he temperature at that point in the direction of the normal The heat flow occurs in the direction of decreasing temperature. Thus, if q.. denotes tbe heat flux and aT/an denotes the rate of increase of temperature with distance in the direction of the normal, we have

Frktio" or V_os;ty. It is a mattet of experience that even smoothly shaped bodies moving with a constant velocity through an otherwise undisturbed fluid encounter a resistance to' their motion. Similarly, a fluid flowing through a pipe offers resistance. These observations suggest that for a fluid in motion tan!ential stresses in addition to normal stresses
10.0 9.0


Thermal conductivity for air at 1 atm I )C lOS (calorie sec-I em-I 0C- )





5.0 4.0

Thetmal conductivity for water at 1 atm

. . . . . )C

lal (calorie sec-I em- 1oC- I )

where k is a proportionality factor known as the coefficient of thermal conductivity or simply as the thermal condu(,.-tivity. It is a material property of the fluid, and thus its value differs from fluid to fluid. The thermal conductivity of a fluid is always positive and, in general, a function of temperature and pressure. Iri the context of macroscopic considerations k has to be known from experimental observations. The temperature variation of k at atmospheric pressure for water and air is 'shown in Fig. 1.1. It is found that the static equilibrium of a fluid in wl,ich the temperature is not constant is unstable unless certain conditions are fulfilled. This instability leads to the appearance of convection currents in the fluid. which tend to mix the fluid in such a way that the temperature is equalized. t.3 Properties or a Fluid in MotioD The density of an element of a fluid in motion is defined in the same way as a fluid at rest. The concepts of pressure, temperature, and other properties as known in thermodynamics are assumed to apply equally well to a fluid in motion. It is further assumed that the equations of state obtained for a fluid in thermodynamic equilibrium are equally valid for fluids in motion .. The reasonableness of these assumptions rests on the fact that for many flow problems they lead to results that are in satisfactory agreement with observations.


200 . 250 300

Temperature rC)
Fig. 1.1 Thermal conductivity of water and air.

occur on an,)' elemental plane passing through a point in the fluid. The appearance of these tangential stresses only when the fluid is in motion constitutes the phenomenon of internal friction or viscosity in a fluid. Such stresses give rise to a resistance to nonuniform motion of a fluid.
For example, a bo<!y of revolution moying in the direction of its axis or a thin flat plate moving in its {llane.

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Nonuniform motion refers to the situation in whic::h the velocity differs from point to point in the tluid. In general, viscosity gives rise not only to resistive tangential stresses but also to resistive normal stresses. Such normal and tangential stresses are called frictional or viscous stresses. They appear only when the tluid is in, nonuniform motion and disappear when the non uniformities disappear.. They do not occur at aU when the fluid' is in static equilibrium. For a fluid in motion it is assumed that the viscous stresses occur over and above the normal stresses associated with pressure. For a wide range of tlow situations observations tell us that, because of the phenomenon of viscosity, there can be no relative velocity at all between a moving tluid and a solid body at their surface of contact. Coe.fliekllt of J'ucosity. Consider the following experiment. * A, tluid is contained between two parallel plates of indefinite extent that are placed at a small distance h (see Fig. 1.2). One of the plates is at rest

visCosity of the fluid and is called the "oefJicient of shear viscosity or simply 1M coefficient of viscosity. Equation (1.2) states that the viscous stress is proportional to the average spatial rate of change of the velocity in, theftuid over the distance h. Now ,consider a similar situation in which the fluid is moving in parallel plane layers with the same direction everywhere. Let y denote distance from a fixed point measured perpendicular t,o the layers and let' u .denote the velocity ofa fluid layer at a distance y. With u as a function of.y, the fluid is said to be in simple shearing motion. There is a shearing or tangential stress between adjacent layers of the fluid. In light of the interpretation of Eq. (1.2), wcrassert ~hat the sheantress T at any point of the fluid for the motion un~er consideration is given by , du (1.3) '1"-p'dy where -,A, as before, ill the' coefficient of viscosity for the ftuid in question. In generalizing (1.3) for a tluid in a more general motion,it is assumed that in a wide range of flow conditions the viscous stresses are linearly related to the rates of strain in the fluid. These rates of strain are given by certain combinations of the spatial derivatives of the velocity components. In these relations there appear two factors of proportionality, both of which are referred to as coefficients of viscosity. One of thefu is the shear-viscosity cOefficient p already discussed, and the other is expressible in terms of p and the bulk modulus (also known-as .thecoejJicient of bulk viscosity) of the fluid. In many investigations of fluid flow it is assumed that the bulk-viscosity coefficient is zero. For motions in which the flui~ may be regarded as incompressible it turns out that because there are no vo'lume changes the viscous stresses do not contain any terms involving the bulk viscosity coefficient. Thus in many fluid-flow problems only one viscosity coefficient ,occurs, and this is p. Fluids characterized by a relation of the form (1.3) are called Newumian fluids. The coefficient of viscosity" which henceforth shall mean only the shear viscosity p. has different values for different fluids and fora particular fluid is, in general, a function of both temperature and pressure. In the context of macroScopic considerations, viscosity, just like thermal conductivity, has to be known, from experimental observations. Within a given range of temperatures and pressures the dependence of I-' on temperature is markedly noticeable, whereas that on pressure is hardly seen. For gases I-' is an increasing function of temperature; for liquids it is a dec:.reaslng function of temperature. 'For both liquids and gases p tncreases slightly with pressure. theclJanges in p being very small for pressure changes that are likely to occur in many circumstances.

Fla. 1.2 Illustrating definition of iscosity.

while the other is moving, with a constant velocity l/ parallel to itself. Because of viscosity, the fluid will also be in motion, its velocity at the moving plate being U and that at the stationary plale being zero. Resistive tangential stresses occur in the fluid and at the plates. Experiment shows that over a wide range of conditions the tangential ctress T acting on either of the plates i,s proportional to the relative velocity between the plates and inversely proportional to the distance h. Thus we have
U '1"= P h


wbere I-' 'is a factor of proportionality that is inde~ndent of U and h arid depends only oli the nature of the fluid. This factor is a measure of the
Such an ~xperiment is perhaps not easily realizable, but it affords the ~implest example for our purposes. A realizable experiment analogous to the one under consideration is that o~ the ,motion of a fluid contained in the narrow annular space formed by two concentric cylinders, one of which rotates at a constarit speed and the otheris stationary.

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Table 1.1 gives the values of p for some selected fluids, at 15C and atmospheric pressure. For air and water, which are of particular interest to us the variation of p with temperature at atmospheric pressure is shown in Figs. 1.3and 1.4. As we shall see later, the effect of viscosity on the motion of a fluid is determined by the ratio of p to tfte density p rather than by p alone. This ratio pIp is known as the kinematic viscosity and is usually denote.d by". Table 1.1 and Figs 1.3 and 1.4 include the corresponding values of"..



Table 1.1. Viscosity p and Kinematic Viscosity II, in CGS Units,jor Gases and Liquids at 15C and Atmojp~eric Pressure
II x


Kinematic viscosity I'X 10 (cm' sec-I) viscosity IA x 1()4 (dyne-sec-cm- 2)



x 10

Air Nitrogen N. Oxygen O. Hydrogen H. Helium He Neon Ne Argon A Carbon dioxide CO. Water H.O Mercury Hg Paraffin oil Olive oil Glycerine Castor oil Pitch

0.18 0.17 0.20 0.09 0.20 (l.31 0.22 0.14 11.4 16 ..0 200 1000 13,000 15,000

I.S I.S 10.5 1.2 3.7










Temperature (Oe)

Fla. 1.3 Viscosity.and kinematic viscosity of air.

0.77 0.1.4 0.012


10 100 ISO

Water Kinematic viscosity I' x 102 (em' sec-I) viscosity IA x 102 (dyne sec cm- 2)

Compressibility. Density and volume changes for an element of Ii fluid in motion a(ise, as in a fluid at rest, from temperature and pressure changes~ When a fluid is in motion, these changes occur because of various factors in addition to external forces and nonunifor~ heating of the fluid. These factors are those that affect the motion of a fluid element. Pressure changes would result from changes of mdftlentum ofthe element and the action of viscous stresses, in addition to the action of the external forces. Temperature changes would result .from exchanges between kinetic and internal energies, which are due in turn to work done by external forces, pressure forces, and viscous forces, in addition to nonuniform heating. The situation in general is rather complicated. Later we shall examine the parameters that characterize the compressibility of a



Temperature (C~

Fig. 1.4 Viscosity. and kin:matic viscosity of wat~r.


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fluid element in motion. At that time we shall also see under what conditions the c0mpressibility of the element may be neglected. fleat Transfer. It is a matter of common experience that a heated body immersed in a moving fl~id cools considerably more rapidly than one in a fluid at rest in which heat transfer is accomplished only by conduction: in a moving fluid heat transfer is accomplished by the combined action of conduction and comJection. By 'convection we mean the motion of a nonuniformly heated fluid. If the motion is caused by the action of gravity alone, it is known as free con,.ection. If the motion is caused by agencies other than gravity, it is known as forced COfll'ection. The velocities occurring in free convection are small. Generally. forced convection is the governing process for heat transfer in a flowing fluid. When heat transfer occurs between a flowing fluid and a body immersed in it, convection is absent at the surface of the body it'ielf. The transfer of heat between the fluid and the body takes place primarily by heat conduction ihrough a thin layer close to the surface. U!'dcr normal circllmstances it is found that at the surface of the body the temperature of the fluid is equal to the temperature of the .body. t.4 Laminar aDd Turbulent Motion llis. a matter of observation that there are two fl,lndamentally different types oftluid flow, which we call/aminor and turbulent flows. T!1e difference between the two flows is readily illustrated by the famous experiment of Reynolds (1883) .. He observed the nature of the flow of water tbrough a long glass .tube connected to a reservoir. The observation was m~e by introducing a dye at the entrance of the tube .. At small velocities the dye forms a thin, straight thrl'ad paraliel to the a.xis of the tube. indicating that the flow is steady and orderly in nature. This t)pe of flow is referred to as lamin~r flow. As the velocity js graduaU) increased at a certain velocity. (depending on the dimensions of the tlJbe), the flow suddenly changes in character; the dye thread becomes violently agitated. and th.: dye soon spreads over the whole tube. The flow becomes one of an irregular character. We call such a ftow.turbulent ftow. These observations are ilh;strated in Plate 1. Regular laminar motion is ex~:eptional in nature: turbulert( flow is much more common. This is true for the flow ofwati=r in a river. for.a movtn!; stream of gas, as for the atmosphere which. as a .whote., may be at feSt. Turbulent motion. unlike laminar motion, is cllllracterized by rahdom fluctuatio~s at a fixed point in the Ruid' quantities such as velocity and pressure. Such fluctuations result in pro.counced mixing. ;Fluctuations in ftuid velocity may be detec~ed by what is called the hOH..ire anemometer
Reynolds No. 2000

Reynolds No. 1500

ReynOlds No. 3000

Plate 1 Illustrating Reynolds' observations of laminar and turbulent flows of water through a glass tube. Courtesy of Professor F. J. Bayl~y and Wiley-Interscience. Figure 6.2 of F. J. Bayle): Introduction 10 Fluid Dynamics, 1958.




(sec, for instance, Dryden and Kuethe, 1929). When fluctuations exist, a mean velocity may be defined by taking an average over a time sufficiently large .compared to the time scale of the fluctuations. By vl:locity in a turbulent flow we mean such a mean velocity. The turbulent fluctuations are generally composed of a wide range of frequencies. The magnitude of the fluctuations can range from extremely small, almost immeasurable fractions. of the mean speed to as high as 30 to 50 per cent of the mean speed. The random character of turbulent flow is illustrated in Plate 2, which shows records of the velocity in two different parts, laminar and turbulent, of a thin rectangular air jet issuing from a slit. When such a jet impinges on a wedfe placed a short distance from the slit, a sound tone, known as the edge tone, of discrete frequency is generated. In such a situatiqn the fluctuations in the fluid velocity are of discrete frequency. A record of these fluctuations is also included in the Plate 2. The analysis of turbulent flow requires special methods. In our studies here we will have no occasion to enter into tbe details. I.S Some Relevant Parameten We now seek the parameters ~hat characterize the effects of external forces, viscosity, compressibility, and heat transfer in a fluid 'in ,motion. For this purpose and to fix our ideas we consider specifically the problem of a rigid body moving with a constant velocity through, an infinitely extending fluid which is initially in a state of static equilibrium under the action of gravity. Gravity forces are the only external forces acting on tbe fluid. We assume'that in the undisturbed state the temperature and the internal energy (measuted per unit mass) are constant throughout the fluid. W~ denote this temperature and internal energy by T and e, respectively. The pressure .and density in the undisturbed state would vary from point to point of the fluid. Let p and p denote some reference values ofthe pressure and density in the undisturbed state. The geometric sbape of the surface of the body is fixed. The surface is then specified by a length I characteristic of the body. Let V denote the magnitude of the constant, velocity with which the body is moving. When a body is set into motion with a constant velocity through an otherwise undisturbed fluid, after a sufficient length of time the surface of the body would attain a temperature different from that of the undisturbed fluid. This is so even ifthe body and the fluid have the same temperature before the body is set into motion. For the following considerations we. assume that, when the body is moving with constant velocity tl)e temperature of its surface is maintained at a constant tctmperature T", different from the temperature T of the undisturbed fluid.


(e) Plate 1 Nature of velocity ftuctuations: (a) in the laminar region of an air jet; (b) in tbe turbulent region of an air jet; (e) in the jet region of tbeftow field of \In edge tone of di!ICrete frequency. Time along the horizontal axis and speed along the vertical axis.


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Introduction an elemept as shown 'in Fig. I.S and the component of the pressure force in the z-direction.The magn"itude of this component IS equal to
cp dz dy dz == op In-

Relilt;ue Mllg,,;tudes of tile Force.. Fr'tJIIM NlUllber, ReYlIDlIb NIIIrIber, IIIIIl Mllc" Number. We, now make an estimate of the relative magnitudes of the various forces acting on a fluid element in motion. According to Newton~s second law of motion, we have
the time rate of change of momentum of a fluid element == the gravJly force + the, pressure force + the viscous force acting on the element (1.4)



Assuming that all components of the pressure force are of about equal magnitude, we say that the pressure force on the element is prt)porJionalro


where lJp is a representative change in pressure. d ~ h FJa. 1.6 Viscous force on an To ~timate the magnitu e 01 t evis- element. cous force, we proceed in a similar way. As shown in Fig. 1.6, we consider only the contribution to the zcomponent of the viScous fon;:e due to the appropriate shear stresses acting on the y-fa~ (the faces normal to y) of the element. Thus the, z-component of the viscous force is given by

Fla. 1.5 Pressure force on an element.

The time rate of change of momentum df the element is the negative of the inertiol force acting .on the element. The equation of motion thus. expresses simply the fact that the result of all the forces acting on the element is zero .. We obtain an estimate of the relative mapitudes' of these forces as foilows. Consider a fluid element of volume 6T. The speed of the element is proportional to V, the speed of the body. -.The change in momentum of tbe element is proportional to' pV6-r, Where p is the density in the undisturbed state. We may say that this change would occur in a time interval that is proportional to tl}e time II V- taken by the body to move . distance equal to'the characteristic length I. Thus the rate of change of momentum of the element or the inertial force acting on it ;$ proporti01lll1 to
. pV6-.- == pV InIJV I

~ dz dy dz _ a,. lJi 81/


Now, we may $8Y that the,spatj8irate of change a."lo, is proportio~al to TIl. where ." is the shear stl~ss 'at the' point the element is situated. Furtherinou:, we say that

.,.. 8it u is the velocity in thcz-direction, and that

811 T_U-

.au- . V 011 I
We then have

let g denote the force due to gravity, measured per unit mass. Then the gravity force Qctingon the flUid element ;s I!tpmf to pg~T. To estimate the pressure force, we examine the order of magnitude of one of the components of that foret. For this purpose we consider
In the followiog di..ccussion we are concemecl only with the magnitudes of the various quantities under consideration.


a,. In-,...., IL f In-

,.. II

We assum~ that all components of the viscous force 'on the element are of about the' same magnitude, and the visco.w force on the element may be said to be proporti01lll1 to (PJlIJl) 6'1'.. .


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The r~lative magnitudes of the various forces on the element are then

inertial force: gravity force: pressure force: viscous force" =

pVI. pg.lJP.1' ~

V V -"""'pIp a l
The nond~mnrsional parameter VIa, where a is a characteristic sound speed in .the undisturbed state (P, p), ;s known as the Mach number and denoted by M. We thus have
(1.9) and


. I . II


The ratio of any 'one of the forces to another is a nondimensional number. The various nondimensional numbers obtainert by taking the ratio of the inertial force to each of the others play an important part in fluid mechanics. They are known by special names after the scientists who have initially pointed out their importance. The ratio of the. inertial force to the gravity force is, given by the parameter valgl, whose square root is usually known as the Froude nUDlber and denoted by Fr. Thus we have Fr=and

M' _1___ V __ inertial force lJp/p' lJplp pressure force

For a perfect gas (for which p ~ pRT) with constant specific he~ts it is 'found that '



a l =yE

and tliat therefore


FcI-- inertial force gravitl force

Vi -=yM' pIp where y is the ratio of the specific constant volume.


, The ratio of the, inertial force to the viscOus force is given by the parameter pVIII'. This is known as the Reynolds number and usually denoted by R. We thus have R

at constant pressure to that at


pVI I'

= VI __ in~rtialforce
" viscous force ,


where ." is the kinematic viscosity. The ratio of the inertial to the 'pressure forces is given by

-=--lJpI p


pi p lJplp

It can be shown that the speed of propagation of small (soundlike) disturbances through' a. fluid that is initially at rest and in a uniform state. is proportional to (PIp)"', wbere p and p. are the pressure and density in the undisturbed state. Such speed of propagation is known as ' the speed of so~nd. Denoting this speed by a, we have

P~lIIMt., c.""'mmzbtg Compr(uibiIity. The changes in volume or denSity of a ftwd element, as. already pointed out, arise out of pressure and temperature changes brought about by the motion. Thus the factors that characterize compressibility arc those on which pressure and temperature changes depend: We shall now examine these factors. On the basis of the equation of motion' (1.4) and the c~nsideration thai the. pressure fon:e per unit volume of the element is proportional to' the ratio. of the ch.ange lJp in the pres~ure to a distance, we' may say that lJp/~ IS proportional to each of the forces, inertia; gravity. and viscous.: actmg on the clement. Thus, we have

lJp,...., pV',


For the relative change in pressure, lJplp, we therefore have

l!. "" a'

This implies the absence of any .external fon:es.


gl pIp




6p ,....,M 1 p ,

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where If is the thermal conductivity and T. is the temperature. With (T - T.> being the temperature dUl'ereIlCe between tbe undistUrbedf1uid . and the body. we may say that is proportiOll8l to (T - T.>/f. This being the case, the heat low through the .faCes and thuS. ,'" rat. 0/ hlt additio" tot'" element by heat C01UIuctio,. may be IIlid to, be prupor

Introducing the nondimensional parameters Fr, M, and R, we niay state ~ I I

'M FrI'




To seek the factors influencing temperature changes we note tHat sucb changes arc proportional to tbe changes in internal energy of the element. The 'factors influencing the changes in internal energy are. exhibited by the equation of energy, which states the rate of change of internal energy of an element + th~ rate of change of its kinetic energy - the rate at which work is done on the element by the gravity force + the rate at which work is done on the element by the viscous forces + the rate at which work is..done on the element bi the pressure forces + the rate at which heat is added to the element by heat conduction (1.12) Denoting by tie the change in internal energy per unit mass of an element of volume 61' ~nd assuming that the various changes takc:piace' in a time interval- proportional to IfV as before, we may say that the rate :of change of internal energy ,...., tie the rate of change of kinetic energy,..."


Ic(T- T.) tw




V 61'

the rate at which work. is done by the gravity force ,...., g Vp 6-r the rate at which work is done by the pressure force ,....,

,.. 1.7 ..Heat floW into ... elemeftt.

tbe rate at which work is done by the viscous force I I 6-r To eitima~ the rate of heat addition by c:Onductiob we COilsider the ~~t shoWn in Fig. ':7 and the beat flow through its zfaces. OeDoting by 'I. the8wt through the face situated at z; the amount of heat added tbe element per unit time is given by

For thC relative changes of the internal energy or,equivalently, of the temperature of the elem~t we therefore have' .

liT lie V or -,....,T e 2e'

Introducing the speed o( sound a.andthc nondiDlellsional parameters Fr, M~ and R, we may state that !1 T or lie,,:-MI at
k(T- T.. ). pVle (1.14)


~dzdyd% _ aqe6-r


We ~y that 8q,,/az is proportional to '1./1. According to the equation Df heat conduction (1.1). we have q - -k-


e ' 2 e'

aT az

Since the relati~ changes, ApIp. in the denSity of the. el,ement arc . proportional to the relative changes in pressure and temperature. we

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Introduction Prfllllltl NlIlIIber. may write

For any ftuid, introducing the Prandtf. number a, we
k(T- TID) . 1 CpTT- TID =-pYle aR e ' T

obtain by using (1.11) and (1.14)


Mla l ;. k(T - T.) Re pYle (US)

These. then, are the parameters that ciUiracterize the compressibility of a ftuid ciement. Among them are only five independent parameters-MI. MI/Frl, MI/R; al/e, k(T - T ..)/pVle. For a perfect gas with constant specific heats we have

The Prandtl number, like the viscosity and the thermal conduc (vity, is a material property and it thus varies from lIuid to lIuid. For any particular lIuid it is in general a function of temperature and presSur~. For gases it is of the order of unity; for liquids a varies more widely. For very viscous liquids it may be very large. Some representative values of a at 20"C and I atm pressure for various substances are as foUows: Air Water Mercury GUycerine
0.733 6;75,' 0.044 7250

a l == "(,, - l)e



where C. is the specific heat at constant pressure. We may then write


- == "(,, - 1) e

For air at atmospheriC pressure a varies from 0.719 at _50F to 0.722 at 600F. For water at atmospheric pressure a varies from 6.88 at 68F to 1.7 at 212F.

k(T- T.,) . pYle


I-' T- T., I-'C. pVI T k 1 T- Tio =)t-I/.C.,R T

The ratio I-'Cp . /k is neodimensional and is known as the Prandtlnumber, usually denoted by (1, ~ntroducing a, for a perfect gas W1Ut constant specific heats we have k(T- T..) 1 T- T.. = ,,pYle aR T Thus for a perfect gas with constant specific heats we may state that

PulUMter."II W1tici Force _'Heat TrlllU/er Depellll. Let us deno.t~ by Fthe magnitude of the force acting on the body and by Q the magnitud'e' of the heat transferred to the body per unit time. We may regard F as meaning the total force or a compdnent of the total force in some chosen direction. We expect the force and the heat transfer to depend on the propertiesg,p, P. T, e, 1-', k, V, I, T., tpe shape and orientation ofthe Body. We reprd the geometric shape of the boundary of the body 'as fixed. The shape js then completely specified by the characteristic length I. The orientation of the body is specified' by two angles, for exampk~ IX and P. which the velocity vector forms...with the axes of a coordinate system fixed in the body~ The force and heat transfer may then be expressed in the following funct~onal form:

= F1(a., p, I,

V,T.. , g,p,p, T, e, 1-', k)


dp,...., M', p

MI Fr2'



(" 1) Y MI . 2'

MI "(,, - 1) -F ' I r (1.16)

Q == F.(IX, p, I, V, TID' g,p, p, T, e., 1-', k)

By using the methods of dimensional analysiS we may further express these functional relations in nondimensional form. To describe the force and the 'heat transfer and the 12 quantities on which they depend we employ the four fundamental dimensions: mass, length, time, and
For the methods of dimensional analysis seethe cited references.

L.. T- TID

For such a gas the five independent parameters characterizing compressibility are

--:; , F r-

y(y .... l)


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temperature. This means that according to dimcnsional analysiS$he force and h~t transfer, suitably nondimensionalized, may each be cxprcssed as a function of eight independcnt nondimensional parafletcrs formed from thc 12 variables , p, I, V, T., g, p, p, T, e, JJ, and k. Since the combination p VIII has thc dilflensions of a force, we introduce the parameter F/ p VIII in place of F. Simi.larly, because Ik(T - T.. ) has the dimensions of encrgy per unit timc, the same as those of Q, wC introduce the paramcter Q/lk(1' -- T..) in place of Q. Thc cight independe~t parameters on which F/pVlII and Q/lk(T - T.) depend may be given in different forms. Wc chooSe those (orms that would lead us to the parameters which have already appeared in our considcrations. The rcsults may be cxprcssed as follows:

1.6 RaDge of Some Parameters The problem we have been considering, namely that of Ule motion of a body with a oolIStant speed through a fluid, covers a widc range of lengthscales, speeds, and fluids. Thc lcngth-scales may vary from about 10-3 mm to about 300 meters. Thc speeds may rapge frQrn It few centimeters per second (or even less) to thousands. Fluids,with widely differing values of kinematic viscosity may be of concern. This being the case, the range of Reynolds nu~bers is indeed very wide. Rcynclds numbers from about 10-3 to about 107 to 108 occur in practice . The motion of aircraft through the atmosphere involves length-scales of about I to 50 meters, speeds of about 30 meters/sec to about JOOO meters/sec, and Reynolds numbers of about I" or 10' to J07 or 10 8 The motion of submarines and torpedOes through water in~olvcs length-scales of about 5 to 100 meters, speeds of about 10 meters/sec, and Reynolds numbers of about LO. Our concern in'this book is with problems of this type and thus with motions involving high Reynolds numbers, R> 10". With speeds and !ength-scales varying over a wide range, the ra;'ge of Froude number, Fr = V/J gl, occurring in practice i~ also wide. For fluid motions involving aircraft the Froude numbers may have values of 1 to 100 or more. For submari'ne and torpedo motions Fr may have values in the range of 0.3 to 1.5. We now consider the raoge of Mach numbers. Under normal conditions the speed of sound in gases is 'about 300 to 400 meters/sec. In liquids the speed of sound is much higher. For instance, 1t normal temperature, the speed of sound in air' is 370'fneters/sec, whereas in water it is about 1600 meters/sec. Speeds of bodies mo_ving through liquids are usually limited to small val~es ..Possible maximum speeds are in the range of 20 to 30 meten/sec. This bemg the case, the Mach numbers in liquid flows are extremely small-the order of 0.01. Speeds of bodies moving ~rough gases, on the <?ther hand, rna' range from considerably small values to large values compared to the speed of sound. This means that the Mach numbers for gas flows may va'ty from values much less than unity to values much greater than unity. 1.7 Conditions for Neglecting Compressibility Effects We have seen that the changes in density of a fluid element come about from pressure and temperature changes arising out of the motion 0f the fluid. Density changes caused by pressure changes would be negligible if
See Lighthill (1963).

pyl ,. = 11

( ,

V pYI. V p kT T. ') p, Jil' --; , JpJp' pe' JJe '~

Q _~( lk(T - T.) - I ,





'JPTP' pe , JJe '


~1. kT T.)


Introducing Fr, R, M,


a and C p , we,may write (1.18) as

a 1ST T.. ) p, Fr, R, M,- ,, -T

F --.;; = /1{ , pY r


lk(T- T.)

== II ( , p, Fr, R, M,!. ,~.CpT, T.)


I '


The determination of the functions J,. and Ji is the central problem of many theoretical and experimental studies in aerodynamiCS qJ1d hydrodynamics. For a' perfect gas with constantspecifi~ h~ts wc have
a - == e

y(y - 1)

CpT , =y e

In such a case (1.19) may be expressed in the following form: F -;; == /1 ( , p. Fr, R, M, y, CI, -T.. )

lk(T- T.)

=11(<<' p, Fr, R. M, y, (f~ Till) T



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Introduction of a fluid clement. The motion then is essenti!llly one of an incompressible fluid. C. . 0/ GtIH.. In the motion of gases the Mach number may rsoge from values much less than unity to values much greater than unity, and, in general, density changes arise from both pressure and temperature changes. However, when the Mach number is much less than unity, that is, wherl the speed is small compared to the speed of sound, and there is no heilt transfer between the fluid and the body, the changes in the den~ity of an clement would be negligible. Under such circumstances the motion of a gas may also be regarded as- that of an incompressible fluid. 1.8 Coaditioas for NeaiectiaI GnYity mef;ts The force due to ~vity on a fluid element may be neglccted in comparison with the inertial force, the pressure force, and the viscous force when the following conditions arc fulfilled: Frl _ Vi __ inertial force 1 gl gravity force ~ Frl _ a l ~ __ pressure force 1 p. MI gl p gravity -force

the following conditions were satisfied (refer to relation 1.10):



_ MI

..l.!.. "" gl

pIp a l Fr' Y M' ~"" -. 1 Ip R


Density changes caused by temperature changes ~ould be negligible if the following conditions were fulfilled (refer to relatIon 1.1~):

__ VI
e p pe



gl _ M' a 1

Fr' e

a -"'- 1 e '" V = M' a 1




k(T - T",) == .!. C,TT - T. pYle aR e T

Fr' _ v V ;.." viscous force 1 R gil gravity force The first two conditions are satisfied whenever the lcngth-scale and the speed arc such that both V and a are much greatcr than Sinee g is l , the speeds Vand a should be greater than say 3.2 ,!i about 9.8 meters/sec meters/sec. The condition that a is one of the conditions for neglecting the compressibility effccts due to gravity, the other being that e gl.

By putting these conditions together we ~ay stat~ ~hat compressibility effects would be negligible under the followmg conditIons: M 1


- 1 Frl
aR e


- 1 R




!. 1

.!. C.,TT- T. I


Nature of the Problem wbeo Compressibility Eft'ects are Negligible

It may be noted that the parameter C.,T/e is of the order of unity.

ClUe 0/ LitpIids. In the motion of a liquid the Mach number is very small, M ~ 0.01. The parameters gl/a 2 and '" Vjlp are also extremely small. Consequently, in the motion of a liquid the density cJtanges caused by pressure changes af'e indeed negligible. This, however, does not mean that there are no den-.:ty changes, for they may result from temperature changes. Temperature changes occur primarily in heat transfer between the fluid and the body. In the absence of heat transfer we ~y SUite t~at the motion of a liquid occurs without any noticeable changes m the denSity

We have seen that when the Mach number is much less than unity, Fr and R arc greater than unity, and that when there is no heat 'transfer compressibility effects are negligible. Under such circumstances the problem of a body moving with a constant speed through a-fluid mf.y be regarded as that of a body moving through an incompressible fluid. The. main objective of the problem, then, is that of determining the force on the body .. The functional dependence of the force is represented as follows~

F = ft(J., pV I


Fr, R)

(1.23) .

Introduction When tbe motion can' beregarded as incompresaible, it is possible (as we shall sec later) to separate ~ effect of gravity fro~ the dynainical problem. of thcmotioJ,l of the fluid. Gravity e~ may be ~unted lor by considcriR'g the cortcsponding stalic:situation. This bein8 the case, the Froudc number may be ~ from consideration, and'the problem reduces to that of detcnn:iniog the Coilowing fgnctional relation for the force: unbounded fluid the streamline pattern appears the same at all times if observed from a frame fixed with respect to the body. In fact, it is, equivalent to that dueto steady.ftow past a body that is kept stationary, and the velocity far ahead oCthe body is equal to the negative of the vel9City of the. body in the initial problem (see Fig. 1.8). By steady flow we mean that

F p~"

" f(a.,'p, R)


Our concern is with flows at high Rcynolds numbers, that is~ for R ~ lOt. For such flows and for certain types of body that 'arc of practical interest, and for certain orientations of these bodies, the effects of viscosity arc generally confined to a very thin layer surrounding the body. ' In the major' part of the flow the viscous effects are negligible~ In such a situation it is, possible to analyze certain imPQrtant aspectS of the problem by assuming that the viscosity is zero or equivalently that .the fluid is frictionless or iIIvisciti. The Reynolds numbc:r then does not eriter the problem and the functional depe~"ence for the force is simply pyip== f(a.,

.,~,' ~..

.. ...... . ," _..

. .


Fla. 1.8 Steadr flow past a fixed body.

the velocity at every point is constant in time. In the following we refer to our problem as that of steady flow past a stationary body. In steady flow' streamlin~s and paths described by ftuid elements are the same. In describing the variation of flow patterns with Reynolds number we concern ourselves with situations in which cOQlpressibility effects are negligible, for this is our main concern. Later we describe some q1,lalitative features of the effects of Mach number on the flo~ pattern at high Reynold~ number.



The central problem in this book"'is the deteonination of the function f for ,certain types of body such as wings.!lDd 'airshiplike bodies. . AlthoughundCr certain circumstances the role of viscosity and that of the Reynolds nuniber ~uld be, dropped fr()m direct con~iderations-, it is necessary alwa~ to bear in mind the important role played by visCosity or, more significantlyI the Reynolds number (for as we h'ave ~n, what ma~ is not Yiscosity per se but the n()ndimensiorull parameter Vlfp),jn detenpiniJ,lg the nature of the flow arid the typo of ameaningful,approximate treatment that may be attempted fOf the problem. To~ some appreciation in this d~on we describe, briefly'in tJtc next section some ql,la1itative features of certain flOlfS a~ different Reynolds numbers.

Flo", Past Bluff Bodies. We consider two-dimensional' flow past a circular cylinder (Fig. 1.9). By this we mean that the flow pattern is

1.1l' Variatioir of Flow Patter. witbRe,..,... N..... To, dcscri~ theflQ)! .patterns. q~t8ti'( . Use illllSuatioos of,the stt~amliM$. of th-:4ow. A' streamline is a line with the property that at each point of the line the dfrcction ofthe line is the same as the dfrcction of thc\(Clqcity vector of ~he flow at tha,t, pOint~ Suitable experimental_ methOds permit visualization and photography of the streamline patterns'
offtuid Oow. . For. a rigid body, translating with, a constant velocity through an


....1. 1.9 Flow past a circular cyhr.der.

kalClel:encea eitecl at tbC ea4 of 'tile boo~

identical in all planes normal to the axis of the cylinder. Such a How may be reali~ed approximately over the central regron of a long cylinder~ Plate" 3 and 4 show the flow patterns for various Reynolds numbers. (In these examples. R = Ud/l'.whc:re d is the diameter of the cylinder.)

R =39

R = 186

R = 335
Plate 3

Flow past a circular cylinder at small Reynolds number~. after Homann U936).

Courtesy of Oxford University Press. Plate 31 of Goldstein (1938).



Ideal-Fluid AerodynamicsFor very small Reynolds numbers (for R les~ than about 4) the streamlines near the surface are closely parallel to' it. _The flow pattern is almost symmetrical about the diameters of the cylinder parallel- and normal to the undisturbed I,tream.. As R increa~es, the, streamlines althe rear of the cylinder widen out mote and more to form It ~losed region behind it. -This regIon is known as.a seP4rationregion 01; seJ1(l,ration bubble. It is followed by a layer known as a Wake (see also ~te4). The separation bubble is separated from the main flow by a of sepa~ation linu originating from ~omepoint on each side of the rear of the cylinder. The points are referred to as separaiioll points; .The flo\. in theseparat;ion bu~e eonsists of tw.o regions in which the 6,uidis in circulatory Plotion, and each ofthese regions is known as a vortex .. Thus the separation bubble consists Bf a vortex pair. As R increaSc:s, the separ-q,tlOJl 1:>ubble becomes more .and more elongated jn the direction of the main "tream. This. happens until a certain Value of R (about 40) is rea.ched and instab.ility sets in. In the'range below this R, the separation point moves forward from -~ rcai as R increases . . As'R rises above this critical value, instabilities setiJ1 and the vortices become asymmetri~ shortly after the beginning of ~he mOtion, leave the cylinder, and move downstream (see Plates 4 and 5-). Vortices form, grow, and leave the cylinder periodically. As they move downstream, they form a regular pattern consisting of a double row of alternating vortices known as Karman's vortex street (see Plate 5). A distinct vortex street, as shown in Plate 5, occurs for Reynolds numbers between 40 and about 700. For larger Reynolds n11IQ.bers the proccsseg--bcconie morc. and more irregular and complicated as R increases. The variation with R shown by' tbo'. flow pattern ~ro1ind a circular cylinder is characteristic a1~o of two-qimeilsionad steady 'flow past cylinders of some other shapes. Bodies that show such flow ~~acteristics are known as bluff1Jodies. We may describe a bl11ff body as one for which separation of the flow fJ'q.m. the surface takes place well ahead 'Of the rear p,art leading to a large.wake. It should be noted that whether or not a b.ody i$ bluff depends not:only on the shape of the body but also on its orientation. This is illustrated by Plate 6, which shows the Dow past an elliptic cylinder. When the cylinder is orientedwith its major axiS normal to the stream, it behaves like a: bhiff bQdy. When the cylinder is' oriented with its major a.xis the stream, it behaves .unlike ~ btuff bod)!. Thevariatioli with Reynolds number of the flow patterns aC9und threedimensional bluff bodies, such as a sphere, is in some ways sin ilar to that around two-dimensional bodies. There are, however, lifferences. but there is les,s information on three-dimerisional bluff bodie,
l'Iow Past Streamlined Bodies. A streamlined body may be described asone for which ~I'aration of flow, ifit occurs, does so near the rear of the



(b) as viewed with respect to the undisturbed fluid.

Karman vortex street R = 250: (0) as viewed with respect to the cylinder; Courtesy of Professor O. G. Tietjens; Plate 24 of Prandtl and Tieljens (1934). Also, O. G. Tietjens: Stromungslehre Vol. I, Springer-Verlag, I Q60. Plate 5


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body and' the consequent wake is vcry narrow. An example. shown in . Plate 6, is the elliptic cylinder With its major axis in the direction. of the stream. Ex~iments reveal that to achieve a streamlined \lody the body must be. well rounded and slender and elongated in the direction of motion and that the surface of the body should come to a point or an edge at the rear with a gentle curvature. A slender body of revolution is another example of a streamlined body. So also is a cylinder of the "airfoil" shape, which is employed fo.rlifting wings. At very low Reynolds numbers the flow patte~ 'due to steady two-dimensional flow past a streamlined cylinder, such as the slender elliptical cylinder shown in Plate 6 is no different from that for flow pa'>t a bluff body.

l.eld ll8



Fig. 1.10 Airfoil nomenclature.

Plate 6 Fl.) .... p,,;t .In eHipl:c cylinJcr: (J) wito th.: major axis in the direclion of the undhturbed slr'.,,:n; (b) With ,he:: r.1;ljlH ax,s nJrmal to the stream. (a) Courtesy of Oxford UniverSity Pre,s. Plate II of Gultlskin (1938). (b) Courtesy of Professor O. G, Tietjc'1s. Figure 611. Plate 26 of Prandti anJ Tietjens (1934).

Significant differences. however, are observed at high R~ynolds numbers for which the flow pattern depends on the orientation of the body with respect to the main stream. We consi'tter the case of flow past an airfoil (see Plate 7). The orientation of the airfoil with respect to main stream is known as the angle of attack, denoted by at. It is measured between the direction of the undisturbed main stream lied a ~eference line, known as the chord, draw~ from the leading edge to the trailing edge (see Fig. 1.10). At small values of at the streamlines near the body follow the airfoil surface closely, right to the trailing edge (see a of Plate 7). There is a very narrow wake. As the angle IX increases. changes in the flow pattern occur, primarily on the upper surface of the airfoil. Separation begins at the rear on the upper side and moves forward as a. increases. Correspondingly, a wake is generated which grows as 0( increases. At a I.:ertain value of:x the flow separates near the leading edge, giving rise to a large wake, ju;;t as in the flow past a bluff body (see b of Plate 7). In practical applications we are interested in simations at small :x. The flow pattern for finite wings large in a direction normal to that of the main stream is in many ways similar, at least over a major portion of the wing, to that for an airfoil. Complications develop for shorr wings.

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For steady flow past a slender body of revolution with its axis in the 'direction of the main stream 'We find that separation occurs cioseto the rear and that the wake is very thin. Our concern would be wjth steady flow at high Reynolds numbers past airfoils and large finite wings at small angles of attack and past bodies of revolution with their 'axes parallel to the stream. Furthermore, we are interested only in speeds for which the compressibility effects are negligible. To have some appreciation of the effects of compressibility we give in the next section a brief description of the effect of Mach number on the flow pattern, . at high Reynolds numbers around an airf~l and a body of revolution'. 1.11 Variatioa of Flow Pattern with Mach Number We may consider st~ady flow at high Reynolds number past an airfoil at a gentle angle of attack. Plate 8 shows the variation of the flow pattern with increasing Mach number M = U/a"", where U is the speed of the undisturbed stream far ahead of the airfoil and 0"" is the speed of sound in the undisturbed stream. The photographs offlow were obtained by what is called the shadowgraph method, which responds to variations of density (strictly to the second spatial derivative) in the flow field. These photographs show that the flow pattern changes conaiderably as the Mach number is increased. The flow fields forM below a certain value are completely different from those for M above th~t value~ Above this value, which may be referred to as the critical Mach number, the flow patterns are characterized by the appearance of narrow regions through which considerable spatial variations of density occur. Such regions are known as shocks. t As we proceed in the direction of the main stream, the density increases, almost abruptly, through the shocks. As M increases from the critical value but still remains less than unity, shocks first appear on the forward part of the airfoil and move back wit~ increasing strength towards the trailing edge. As M exceeds unity but is still dose to it, a detached shock wave appears in front of the leading edge and the othenhocks appearing on the surface of the airfoil occur at or near the trailing edge. AsM continues to increase, the leading edge shock moves closer to that edge. If the nose of the airfoil is sharp, as is common for "supersonic airfoils," the leading edge shock is attached to that edge when M exceeds a certain value greater than unity. On the basis of the flow patterns exhibited at various Mach numbers, it is usual to divide the whole range of possible mach numbers into several parts, each part'being associated with a different type offlow. The range of

Plate 7 Flow past an airfoil: (a) at a gentle angle of attack: (b) at a large angle of ,attack. Note the separation on the top $Urface. Courtesy of Oxford Universily I'n:ss. Plate 12 of Goldstein (1938).

See cited references for a description of this and other methods. For a detailed description of the origin of shocks consult cited references ....


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Direction of Flow


Direction of Flow


= 0628

M, = 0683

Ml = 0-732

M\ = 0-784

M, = 0-835

M, = 0-876 Plate 8 Shadowgraphs of subsonic flow past an airfoil at a gentle angle of attack _(critical Mach number is 0.695). Courtesy of Oxford UniversIty Press. Plate 16 of Modern Developments in Fluid Dynamics: High Speed Flow, L. Howarth, editor, 1953.


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. Introduction


....'." "t!,.\~,

. ''';''''
,', :

.... ~.



= 086
-'~ ~':'~,*!.~~~\


M - 1-76



_ ..
M 101

; ,.

M = 251


M 126

Plate 9 Shadowgraphs at various Mach numbe~ of a projectile in Bight. Courtesy efOxford University Press. Plates 21 and 22 of Mod~rn DeL'~/opmenls in Fluid Dy"amics: High Speed F101tl, L. Howarth, editor. 1953.


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M extending from zero up to the critical Mach number is known as the subsonic range. In this range the flow is characterized by the absence of any shoc~. It exhibits all the features of incompressible flow, although gradual density variations take place as M increases. In this range the local Mach number (the ratio of the local speed to' local speed Of sound) is subsonic at every point of the flow field. At subsonic Mach numbers compressible flow pa~t a slender airfoil may be related to an equivalent incompressible flow problem. The range of M extending from the critical value to some value above unity but close to unity is usually referred to as the transonic range. In this range the flow field is characterized by the appearance of shocks on the surface bf the body, afld a detached leading edge shock when M is close to unity. In such a range. the rather complicated flow field consists of partly (locally) subsonic and partly Oocally) supersonic regions. The range in which M i5 grea,ter than the value for which there are only leading edge and trailing edge shocks with no others on the airfoil surface (except perhaps near the trailing edge) is known as the supersonic range. In this range the flow almost everywhere is,supersonic. A small locally subsonic flow region may, however, exist near the leading edge, particularly if the airfoil has a round nose. The range of Mach numbers exceeding a certain supersonic Mach number (which depends on the situation at Qand) is referred to as the hypersonic range. . Steady flow past a body of revolution exhibit. similar' features at different Mach numbers. Plate 9 shows shadowgra 'h pictures of a projectile in free flight. 1.12 ElI'ects of Viscosl(y at BoundarY Layer

because of the effect of viscosity, no matter how small, the layer of fluid immediately adjacent to the surface is 1t rest. Away from the wall the fluid is in motion with a certain velocity. This means th9:t as the solid surface is approached fluid layers are retarded. The retardation arises out of the actfon of the viscous forces. Depending on the viscosity of the fluid, the retarding effect may ~xtend only to short distances or to large distances from the body. It is ob$erved that for fluids with small viscosity, sucb as water and air (strictly speaking, in flows at large Reynolds numbets), the retardation effects are confined only to a very thin region close to the body. In such a region the 'Velocity rises rapidly from zero at the wall to its value in the main stream. In that region the spatial rate of change of velocity (velocity gradient) in a direCtion normal to ~h.e body is ~arge, a~d consequently the viscous forces would not be neglIgible even If the VIScosity were small. Outside that region the velocity gradients are s!Dall and the viscous forces there would be negligible. The thin region close to the body in which the viscosity effects are confined is called the retardation layer or, more popularly, the bOundary layer. Outside the b~un~a~ la~er the fluid may be regarded to a high degree of accuracy as an mVlscld flUid. Both theory and experiment have supported the correctness of Prandtl's boundary-layer concept.


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We now return to the consideration of ~e problem of steady flow at high Reynolds number past a fixed rigid streamlined body. Although we. are primarily concerned with flows with negligible compressibility effects, the following considerations are equally applicable in their essentials when such effects are present. When compressibility effects exist, account must be taken of energy exchanges ano temperatu,re differences. In transonic and sl>personic flows complications develop from the appearance of shocks.

Boundary lAyer Co"cept. In 1904 Prandtl introduced a far-reaching idea, now known as the boundary layer concept, and showed the way to treat satisfactorily the flow past a streamlined body at high Reynolds numbers (Prandtl, 1904). He showed that at high Rfynolds numbers the eff'ecte of viscosity are confined to a very thin layer close to the body and a thin wake extending from the body. When a fluid flows past a fixed body,

SoIM CluullCtnUtk, D/II LtImiIfIIr BoIIIIIIiIry lAyne The flow inside a boundary layer may be laminar or turbulent or partly laminar and partly turbulent. We now consider the characteristics of a laminar boundary layer. For the sake of clarity we consider steady two-dimen~ional flow past a thin fiat plate (Fig. 1.11). We introduce the coordinates z and y as sho.wn. According to the concept of the boundary layer, we expect the followmg: just ahead of the leading edge tbe fluid approaches the velocity U, the velocity of the undisturbed stream, at all distances normal to the plate; at any section z lying on the plate the velocity will be zero at the plate, y = 0, and rise to the value V a short distance, say y = 6, from the plate. This situation is illustrated in Fig. 1.11, in ~hic? the distribution of u, the velocity component parallel to the plate, With distance y from the plate IS shown. The scale for y is greatly exagge~ated. . We call 6 the boundary layer thickness. It vanes along the plate, bemg zero at the leading edge; thus (1.26) 6 = 6(x)
We now wish to esfimate.6(x). We do this on the basis of the consideration that within the boundary layer the viscous forces are of the same order of magnitude as the inertial forces. In estimating these forces for a fluid element in the boundary layer, we have to bear in mind the fact that within

Ideal-Auid Aerodynamics the layer the changes in the y-direction occur in a much smaller distance than in the x-direction, so that the flow situation in the boundary layer at any section x does not depend sensibly on what happens behind that section but mostly on what happens ahead. This means that within. the ooundary layer the characteristic length fot changes in the x-direction is the distance x itself of the section unde'r c.onsideratioll.!rom the leading edgt of the plate. The charqcter;st;c length for change in the y-direction ;s the boundary-layer thickness 6(x) at the section .under consideration.



We note that the boundary layer grows as the square root of the distance from the leading edge. The boundary-layer thickness is proportional to the square root of the kinematic viscosity J'. Thus the thickness IS decreases with ". with 6 - 0 as " - O. Since b(x)lx is proportional to .j lIRe, then

if R., 1


Fig. 1.11 Schematic representation of the boundary layer on a flat plate.

Now consider an element situated at the section x. Using considerations similar to those given in Section I.S and noting that x is the characteristic length for changes in the x-direction, we find that the x-component of the inertial force acting qn the element per unit volume is proportional to pUSlx. Similarly, we find that the x-component of the viscous force on the element per unit volume is proportional to 'T0I6 or equivalently to /JUllJ 1 , where 'To is the shear stress on the plate at the section x; 'To == 'To(X}. Since the viscous and inertial forces .are of the same ma~itude, we have . .

Using this relation and introducing a ,Reynolds number R., defined by . R", = Uxlll, we obtain (1.27) (1.28) (1.29)

Thus, if R., becomes very large, lJlx becomes very small, and the flow over the plate with its very thin boundary layer becomes nearly that of a ftuid without viscosity. However,.no matter how smalllJlx is, there is always the boundary layer with a decisive effect on the flow at the plate. Consider now the behavior of the viscous stress 'To at the plate. We observe that 'Tot put varies as .jI/R.,; thus the stress becomes smaller as R., becomes larger. Even at large values of RIO there is a finite, although small, viscous stress on the plate. The stress 'To is proportional to .j; and \s smaller, the smaller the kinematic viscosity of the ftuid. However, no matter how small." is; there is a finite viscous stress and consequently a viscous drag on the plate. We now consider the variation of the velocity and pressure within the boundary layer. Let u and v denote the x- and y-components of the velocity. In the boundary layer, at any x, u is a function of 1/, with u = 0 aty == Oandu = Uaty -= 6. Theoretically,uapproaches Uasymptotically and therefore the definition of 6 cannot be made precise. We may, however, define {} as the distance within which u reaches a certain percentage of U, say for instance 99 per oent of U. Now, since {} varies with x, u must also vary with x; thus u == u(x, y). Since 'Tcris equal to-p(ou/Oylat the plate and 'To decreases with x, the slope the plate decreases with x. Using this result and the fact that 6increases with x, we may represent the variation of u Schematically (see Fig. 1.12). We note that at a given distance from the plate u decreases with the distance from the leading edge. SinCe u is a function II. x and y, there will be a v that will also bca function of x, y. This is SC1 . in the following manner. Consider the rectangular box shown in Fig. I.l.~; the .thickness of the box is unity in the direction normal to the xy~plane. Two sides of the box are normal to the x-direction and situated at an irrftnitesimal distance dx. The other two sides are normal .to the 1/-direction, one of them being the surface of the plate and the other located at 11 == y. Auid flows into and out of the box through its sides. However, there is no accumulation of mass in the box. We therefore require the rate of flow of mass into the box to balance the rate of flow of mass out of the box. Fluid flows into the box through the x-face (i.e., normal to x-direction) situated at x and ftows out through the x-face


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--u-- -u-- -u-- -u- -u--~Ed;of




rate of outflow of mass through the y-face at y is equal to


(x, I'Y) dx

Equating this rate of outflow to the n~t inflow through the x-faces, we have
v(x, y) dx =


[u(x, y) - u(x

+ dx, y)J dy
(au) dx ax z.~

We may set, neglecting higher order term!>,


dx, y) = u(x, y)


Fla. 1.12 Schematic representation of .the II-vclocity distribution in' the boundary
layer over a flat plate.

We then have
v(x, y) = -

situated at x

+ tIz.

The rate of inflow through the face at x is equal to


LVu(x, y} dy
+ dx is equal to + dx, y) dy

Note that au/ox is negative, At the plate v is zero. At the edge of the boundary layer y = 6(x) the v-component does not vanish but has a vaiue 'given by
v(x, b(x

lo -ax dy

whereas the rate of outflow through face at x








On the basis of this relation we may state that

v(x, b) __ U 6(x) x

SinCe u(x + tIz, y) is less than u{x, y), the outflow does not balance the inflow. This means that becl\use there is no accumulation of mass in the box, there must be Ii flow of fluid through the y-faces of the box to balance the net inflow through its x-faces. There must therefore be a v velocity. However, there is no flow through the y-face at y == 0, which is the plate itself. If v(z, y) is the y-component of the velocity at the point x, y, the


We thus conclude that the v-velocity is small, ,the ratio vi U being of the same order of magnitude as blx. We next consider the variation of pressure across the boundary layer. The pressure, force in the y-direction, aplay per unit. volume, on a fluid element in the boundary layer is of the same order of magnitude as that of the inertial force, pv2/b per unit volume, on the element in that direction. We therefore have

The'magnitude of the pressure change ll.p across the boundary layer is therefore given by [ b(x)] I U2 ll.p -- pv' __ put ' __ 12(1.33)
FIa.l.13 Illustrating the need for the v-velocity in the boundary la)~r.


We conclude that in the c:>undary layer l'patial variation of pressure in the

The viscous force in that direction is of the same order of magnitude.


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y-direction and the actual change in pressure across the layer are negligibly 5mall. As we shall see later, this conclusion has far-reaching implications. The solution for the problem of steady incompressible flow in a laminar boundary layer alonga flat plate, as formulated by Prand~l, was obtained by Blasius in 1908. His solution shows that" (defined as the value ofy when u is within 0.6 per cent of U) is gi\l'en by

The subscript e. signifies that the Q\l8iltity refers to the edge of the boundary l@yer.

r",.bIIk", lloIuuItuy Lqu. ObserYatiOQs shoW that at high Reynolds pumbers the flow in a boundary layer does not remain laminar all along the surface of a solid body but usu&lly becomes turbulent at some distance

b(z) ,5.2 --;- = ..jR"

The local skin friction coefficient is given by



C = 'To(x) _ ~




+ 1.(8)( lOS
ct 1.82 )( 105 03.64)( 105 5.46)( 10& .728)( 105

The distribution of the velocity across the boundary layer is similar at different x-stations along the plate. This being the case, va:-iation ofu with x and y may be represented by a single curve. Such a curve, as obtained by Blasius, is !>ilo\\ '1 in Fig. 1.14, where ulV is plotted against the parameter 7] = y..j V{vx. Als( shown in the figure are experimental results obtained by N!kuradse (194: t. It is seen that the theory and the experiment are in excellent agreeme' t. This agreement is also found for the local skin friction coefficie' .t, shown in Fig. 1.15. The experimental results are obtained by Liepmann and Dhawan (1951, 1953) by direct measurement of the skin frictio!", coefficients. So far we have co~sld,ered tbe features ofa laminar boundary layer along a plane surface. Similar results also hold for the boundary layer along a curved surface if certain conditions are met. It is necess"-ry that the radius of curvature of the surface is everywhere large compared to the boundarylayer thickness and that there is nOne of the variation in curvature that would occur near sharp edges. Under such conditions the flat-plate results may be applied to the prol'!em of boundary layer along a curved surface if. we now regard the coordinates x, y as defining a suitable system of curvilinear coordinates given by curves parallel to the given surface and straight lines normal to the surface. The surface itself is giyen by y = 0 (see Fig. 1.16). For flow past a curved surface the velocity component parallel to the wall at the edge bfthe boundary layer is not a constant, as it is' in the case of the flat plate, but a function of ~he distance x. Similarly the pressure at the edge of the boundary layer is also a function of 2:. We therefore introduce the following notation:

~: 4.0






I'll. 1.14 Velocity distribution in the laminar boundary layer on a

Experimental re,suhs from Nikuradse (1942).

ftat plate.

V, = V.(x) = u(x, <Xx P.

from the leading ed~. The transition froql laminar to turbulent motion originates from the instability (in some form or other) of the laminar motion and depends on various factors. The tUlOsition takes place over a region and not at a po~nt. The value of the Re)'Jlold~.number R .. at which transition to turbulent flow be,gins is knownas tbeGfitieal Reynolds number denoted by R . crlt Under normal circumstances'U for the bounda{y
For some details on this subject (which is still not fully unct.rstood) see, for example, ,K.uethe and ~hetzer (1959).

== P.(x) =

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0.003 0.002


die oulas the solid :s.urface, ther~ is ,always alayer of fluid next to the surface u,at is laID.in4dike. 10 ,ucb a la;y~r~ wbjch 41 known as the /am;1ftU sub/oyer, th" velocity riR;$ rapidly from zero at the wall toa certain value. In the .sublayertbc velocity gradient normal to the wallis $everer than it if the boundafytaycr were wholly laminar. This being the. case. the local shoat stress on the solid surface js much greater than it would be if the boundarylaycr were laminar. This is iUusu-ateclin Fig. 1.15, in w.bK:h ~asured frictien ~fficiCDtl,l for a tloll'bulent boundary layer along a plate are also shown. The velocity distribution across a





'i 0.6 _


0.3 10
Us R,,-,

0.8 1.0

.Fig. 1.IS Local skin friction on a flat plate. Direct measurements by Liepmann and Dh.lwan (1951, 1953).

Fla. 1.17 Comparison Q(laminar and turbUicnt boundary layer profiles.
turbulent boundary layer is shown schematically in Fig.. 1.17, in which the Blasius ciistribution for laminar layer)s also included for comparison. The mechan~~m oftae ftow ir. a turbulent boundary layer is complicated and ditreJ'(:nf from that of the flow in a laminar boundary layer. ConbCquentJy, th~ order of magnitude estimates given for the laminar layer do not apply directly to the turbulent layer; There. is ~till no detailed theory for the ftow in a turbulent bOundary layer. There are, however, .semiempirical solutions for the turbulent boundary-layer thickness and local friction coefficients that are useful. It is found that for Reynolds number!> in the range 105 to loe the boundary~layer thickness and the locial' shear stress To show the foIl owing dependence on the Reynolds number R,.:
~x) TO(X) -;-,...., oU2

iayer along a flat plate is in the range of about 105 to 10 This me~ns that for the problems that will concern us later the boundary layer-ls lIkely to be turbulent ovcr most parts of the body. '. . . Since turbultnt motion results in pronounccd of the fl~ld, the retardine: effect of a solid surface on the fluid spreads farther in the rl~rectlOn normal the surface in turbulent motion that in laminar ~otlOn .. In generaL however. the retardation elleet still takes ~la~e ~f()mment1y III a layer that is very thin in c()fl1parison to) thl! c~ara~tenstl~ dIstance along the body, and the cencept qf it boundary layer IS stilI applicable .. Even when the boundary layer is turbulent, since the turbulent fluctuatIOns should



...- -

--- _--'-,l;



1 RO ...





Recall that in the laminar case 6/x and TO(X)/ pUs vary as R;o6 .



&plU'tllio.. An important <;baracteristic of the boundary layer is that under certain 1:jrcumstances it lea~ toa reverse ftowover some region close to the wall (tha( is the solid surface). By reverse flow we m~n fi<>w in

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a direction opposite to that of the main stream outside the layer. When reverse flow appears, it usually leads to separation of the boundary layer and consequently of the main stream from the body. It preduces a .flo~ pattern that is completely different from the pattern would eXIst If there were no separation. Illustrations of separated flows have already been given. We shall not enter here into a description of the time development of the reverse flow and the consequent separation; for such a description reference may be made to Prandtl (l935) or Prandtl and Tietjens (1934) or Sclilichting (1955). In Fig. 1.18 we show schematically the steady flow pattern in the vicinity of separation after separation is completed. Also included in the figure

The separation point, B in Fig. 1.18, is not -the point. of minimum pressure for which op.lax == O. The minimum p.ssure OCCurs at somepoint A ahead of B. The greater the adverse pressure gradient the shorter the distance AB. . In the presence of an adverse pressure gradient a l~minar l:-oundary layer maY'either separate or first become turbulent and then separate. A

E--.----------+c -__

------ ----.


Fig. 1.18 Flow near separation.

are distributions of u, the velocity component parallel to tbe wall, with y the distance normal to the. wall, the y-scale 'being exaggerated. The figure shows that the streamline branching from B divides the flow coming from the left and right. Such a streamline is known as 'file divid~g streamline or as mentioned before as the separation streamline. The pomt B is the separation point. We see that at the separation point ou/ay = o. At the wall ahead of the separation, ou/ay is positive; downstream of the separation it is ne'gative. .. . . In th~ separated region, elose to the wall, the flow I~ 10 the ~everse direction, and consequently the pressure there must mcrease 10 t~e direction of the outside main stream. Thus, to produce the state of affaIrs shown in fig. U8 i1;1itially the flow in the boundary layer close to the wall i~ subjettCd to an increasing pressure in the forward direction. ~ow, according to the boundary-layer concept; when the boundary layer IS not separated from the wall, the pressure at the wall is approximately equal to p.(i), the pressure at the edge of the layer. We therefore co.nelude that t~e onset of reverse flow at the wall and the subsequent separatron of the maIO flow should have resulted from an increasing pressure in the forward direction, that is, from a situation in which the gradient op./Ox is positive. Such a gradient is referred to, tor obvious reasons, as an adverse pressure gradient. We may thus !itate that separation of the boundary layer results from an adverse pressure gradient.


FIg. 1.19 IIIustratiDg the wake behiDd a flat plate.


~urbulent boundary layer, because of the intense mixing due to turouience, IS better able to resist se~ration than a laminar layer. Boundary-layer considerations do not apply at and downstream of separation. In particular, the assumption that the pressure gradient op/ay no~mal to the ~all is small does not hold any longer. Additional complications also anse, for the flow in the extended separated region is usually unsteady and turbulent.

~""e.f. Consider steady flow, at high Reynolds number, past a statIonary flat plate of finite extent at zero angle of attack (Frg. 1.19). ~ehind the trailing edge of the plate, the boundary layers along the two Sides of the plate leave the plate and coalesce into one region behind the plate. Such a region is known as a wake, a region where Viscous effects are still dominant. With increaSing distance downstream the width of the wake increases while its mean velocity decreases. A similar wake appears in the case of steady flow at higb ReynOlds numbers past a stationary streamlined body at a gentle angle of attack


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(See picture a of Plate ;). It is fbund that the ftow in the wake is usually turbulent even though it might have. originated from laminar boundary layers along the body. For streamlined bodies at gentle angl.e of attack, in high Reynolds number ftows, the wakes are still thin compared to the characteristic distance along the mainstream direction. Thin wakes appear only in two instances; either the boundary layer is not separated from the body or, if separated, remaining very close to the rear end of the body. When the boundary layer separates, as it does for bluff bodies and streamlined bodies at "adverse" angles of attack, an extended or a thick wake involving vortices and turbulence appears in the ftow (See Plates 4, S, 6, and 7). Thin-wake ftows, as contrasted with thick-wake ftows, are not only practically important but also are amenable to approximate calculations. We see in the next section how this may hi" done.

Fla. 1.21 Inner flow corresponding to Fig. 1.20.

1.13 Coasequences of the Boundary-Layer Coacept

Consider steady high Reynolds number flow past a stationary.streamlined body which is at, gentle angle of attack (Fig.. 1.20). On the basis of

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In view ~fthese features, the flow field can be divided for the f ma.thematlcal analysis into two ret-ions'I) An I'n '. pur~~ h bo C> ., ner regton conslstmg of t e un~ary laye.r ~ow along the body and the wake behind it, and (2) an outer regt~n conslstmg of the main flow. The inner flow is said t . ( . 0 occur under the Impre sed (F I 21 s pressure P. x)'. WIth a velocity U.(x) at the edge <Xx) I,gs:. and 1.22). I~ consts:uctmg the solution for the inner flow the flUI~ IS to be treated as VISCOUS, taking into account the simplificc.tions'that res~ t from the features ~f the boandary-Iayer flow. The solution shOUld satIsfy .th~ So-called no-slip condi/;on u = 0, v = 0 Jlt the wall The lOner boundary of the outer flow is the edge of the bo~nda I and the wake. In constructing the solution for the outer flow the fI rtd ayer f UI may be treated to a h' h d sa;isfy the _ The( )SOlutiobn lOner boundary. ~ p - P. x at t e


l~ounefa~ ~on~~~~::c~,:s;~~V~~~u~.


,... 1.20 Flow past a streamlined body at high Reynolds number.

- ---..

",----- --- -------------- .... \_-------------------- - .~




the boundary layer concept and the characteristics of the flow within such
a layer, ","e may summarise the main features oft~ flow' as follows:
The viscous effects are confined to the boundary layer and the wake behind the body. In the ftow outside the boundary lay~r the viscous effects are negligible. In the boundary layer the velocity component parallel to the wall rises rapidly from zero at the wall to the mainstream value U,(z) at,the edge of the layer. Thcvelocity component normal to the wall is very small throughout the layer. At the edge of the layer it ~ finite but still very small. The change in pressure acrOss the layer is negligibly small. The pressure at the wall is, therefore approximately the pressure at. the edge of the boundary layer:
p(z,O) - p{z, 6{x - P.(x)

We say t/1at the outer ftow "impresses" its pressure on the ooundary layer.


FIc. 1.22 Ou~ flow corresponding 10 Fig. 1.20.

Introduction Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics We note that a priori neither the edge of the boundary layer, nor U.(x), nor P.(x) are known. However, on the't;asis of the characteristics of the boundary-layer flow; the two problems outlined above IQay be solved approximately as follows: First :we solve the problem of the ou~er flow. To do. so we usume that the inner boundary of the outer flow is coincident with the sunace of the body and a surface behind the body, such a surface being obtained by letting the thic~ of the :-ake go to zero while retaining the effect of the wake on the main flow. The problem then is that of the steady flow of an inviscid Suid past the given body with the effects of tlte wake properly taken into aCcoUDt. The boundary .condition then is that the flow be tangential t.> tbe wall, the so-called slip condillon. Some appropriate condition should also ':Ie satisfied on the wake surface. Having determined the outer flow, we attack -he problem of the inner flow. We USunle that the conditions at the edge of the inner flow, namely U.(x) and ,.(x), are appro~imately equal to the corresponding values at the wall and the wake surface given by the inviscid solution .for the outer problem. The procedure may be repeated if so desired. Under normal circumstances. one evaluation of the outer and inner solutions is satisfactory. The inviscid solution gives the pressure distribution over the body and the force and moment resulting from the pressure distribution. The solution for tbe inner problem gives the boundary-layer thickness, the wake, and most importantly the frictional force, the so-called skin{riction drag, on the body. Naturally, the inviscid solution cannot fprnish any answers for the viscolfs drag. Our concern in tG'1S book is with the analysiS of the outer problem. We have seen that this is the first step in analysing .high Reynolds number flow past a streamlined body, a problem of considerab~e practical interest. Prandtl's boundary--Iayer concept is a landmark in the science of fluid mechanics. Its role in fluid mechanic~ rlln be summed up as follows. The concept furnishes a method for relating the motion of viscous fluid past a body with the corresponding motion of a nonviscous fluid past that body. It shows that for flow at high Reynolds numbers past streamlined bodies, viscosity does not influence the pressure field. The flow pattern around such bodies, the pressure fields, and the pressure forces on the bodies can, therefore, be computed to a high degree of satisfaClion on the basis of inviscid fluid flow. It shows that the first step 1" the analysis of the motion of j\ viscous fluid past a body is that of ,solving the corresponding in:viscid motion past the body. In formulating the inviscld problem, proper account must be taken of tile effects of the wake on the ,main flow. In this way the boundary-Ia yef concept has brought out the important role played by i.nviscid flow theory and has lent credence to the exten~ive use of such a theory in hydrodynamics a~d aerodynamics. The concept leads to a visc<'us flow theory known as the "boundary-layer theory" valid for flows at


~~ Reynolds numbeR. Such a theory furniabea a method for computing akin fnction and also ~ transfer. ~hen comp~biJity c8'ecta- qQCUl'. The concept explains the ongm of separation and the Sow patteral associatccl with bluff bodies. It shows that under an adverse pressure gradient a bo clary layer would separate; . . UD In this way it emphasizes that solutiODI and Sow patterns fumisbec1 by inriIc:id Sow theory are unreaUatic when they in',olve severe adverse nft'lUI ..........r ..... along solid sudacea present in the fluid. ' r---- ~. ___ta On the other hand, on the basis of the inviscid solution, boundary-Ia . yer theory wo~d indicate the ~ble location of separation.

Before the. introduCtion of th~ boundary:layer concept, a larF part of was a disturbingly mysterious sUbject. Theoretical studies were entirely based on inviscid motion and bad th no con?ection problems or no appreciation for con~~tlOn where It eXisted. On the other hand there was a large body of empI~ly.~llected knowledge, under the name of hydraulics, which enabled lOdJV~dual treatment of various practical problems. Hydraulics lacked an unified theory. With the appearance of the boundary-layer concept and the boundary-layer theory, the two subiects th . ti I hydr ad od . d . J' eoreca 0- n ~er ynam.Jcs, an hydraulics, have been brought together under an umfied theory.
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1.14 Ideal Fluid Theory

In this book ~e are concerned with inviscid flow where compressibility are pra~tically. negligible. This means that we may regard the fluid as IIIcompreSSlble beSIdes being inviscid. An incompressible inviscidfl id is known as an ideal fluid. II N~t"rally"n? real ~uid is an ideal fluid. However, on the basis orall our prevlOu.s ~nsI(i~ratJons, we may state that under many racticall ' InterestIDg SituatIOns, the motion of a real fluid may be analyse! to a hi accuracy by regarding the fluid as an ideal fluid. The .stud apart from its practical utility, is a suitable to the ~nnclp.les and methods unperlying the. general science of fluid mechamcs which encompasses many diverse and complex pheaomena. W,e now pr~ to the development of the theory of ideal fluid flow wIDgs and bodies of revolution. past

~egree ~f,

~f introdu~on

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In' the analysis of fluid motion, as in the anAlysis of many physical phenomena, we are. concerned with quantities that may be classified according to the information needed to sPecify them completely. Quanti-. ties such as mass, density, and tenipcrature need (after a cboice of units) specifiCation of their magnitudes only, thai is, a single number is all that is ncCtssary to specify each of them. Such qUantities arc called scalar quantities or simply scalars. A quantity such as force or velocity requires the specification of a magnitude anil a direction, that is, of a directed magnitude. Quantities 'ofthis type are called r>ector quantities. Vector q~antities that obey certain 'rules (s'lCh as the parallelogram law of addition) are defined asvectors. As we shall sec later, not all vector quantities are vectorS: Quantities that require specification of mwe information than needed for vectors also occur in physical problems. For example, to desCribe a quantity such as stress we need to give a force (i.e., a directed magnitude) and asurfacc (i.e., the orientation or direction of 14e surface) on whiCh the force acts. SuCh quantities are known as tensors. There are various kinds of tensors, a~d, generally speaking, vectors and scalars are degenerate tensors. Operations of algebra and calculus, such as are known for scalar quantities, arc also developed for vectors and tensors. Algebra, applied to vectors, is known as vector algebra, while calculus applied to vectors is known as vector ~alculus or vector analysiS. Similarly, we have tensor algebra and tensor calculus. In analyzing a physical phenomenon, we set up interrelations between the various quantities that characterize the phenoillenon by using laws' of nature (such as the laws of Newton, the law of energy conservation). To write a natural law, one introduces a coordinate system in a chosen frame of reference and expresses the various physical quantities involved by means of measurements made with respect to that system. When we choose such a procedure, the expression for the law contains terms that are dependent on the chosen coordinate, system and CQnsequently

appears differently in different systems. But the laws of nature are independent of the artifidal cboice of:a coordi1Iate' system. Therefore ,,=,C may' seek. to expreu the 'uturallaws in' a form not related to a pat_ ticular coordinate system. A wayot doing this is ptoVided by vector or tensor analysis. Vector notation exhibits quantities such as displiu:ements, velocities, foices, accelerations, moments, and angular velocities -their natural color, that is, as quantities that possess directions besides magnitudes. When vector notation is used, a coOrdinate system need not be introduced. Thus use of,' vector' notati.on in formulating pbysica1'1aws leaves them inimJarimlt /orm (i.e., ia a form independent of ~rdinate d~pti.on~. St~dying ~ ph~c:al phCII()IDeDon' by means of equations written ID Invanant form often leads: ,to a deeper understanding of tbe phenomenon. Besides, the use of vector: notation .brings , consid~ble simplicity into the analysis of problems. It is our desire to develop the equations of fluid motion and obtain ~any of tbe ~ic results of our ~tudjes in a form not related to any partIcular coordmate system. To this end we shaU.employ vector notation, vector a1gcbrar and vector analysis. We sball, therefore, begin our studies by acquainting ourselves in this chapter with the clements of vector algebra and calculus. Vector methods are adequate to treat the aspects of fluid motion presented in this book. Hence we shall not concern ourselves with tensor algebra or calculus_ The concepts of vector analysis are closely assQCiated witl~ the concepts of fluid mechanics.

2.1 RepreseatatieD of Vector

, If P and Q ~ any two points in space, the directed straight~line se~ent frOlll p t~ Q loca~es the position of point Q with respect to the ~lDt P. Such a dlrectl.ine segment is called a pOSition vector. It is the slmp~est example of a vector quantity. Graphically we represent the position vector from_ P to Q by a straight arrow running from P to Q
as shown in Fig. 2.1. The length of the arrow gives the magnitude of the distance Q from P to Q, while the sen~ of the arrow indicates tpe direction fromPto Q. Following the example of the position vector we represent any vector quantity (e.g., velocity, force) by an arrow pointing in the same directio~ as the vector. The length of the P arrow is uwIt proportional to the magni- F". 1.1 ~epl'CSClltation ,of tude of the quantity. vector.'
In discussing the mec:WUCS of viscous ftuid, tet)Sor &naIytis becomes utefuL


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A suitable conventJon lS.adOpted to denote a vector quantity. In printed work it is usuaIlysymbolized by a boldface letter; For example. the letter r may be u~ for the position vector. the letter V for the velocity vector and so on. In writing it is custon:uuy to place an arrow or a bar over the letter that denotes a: vector quantity. Thus for a position vector we write I. for a velocity vector V. and so on. If we wish to show that a di~ted line segment from a po~nt P to a point Q represeRts a certain vector quantity. we sometimes use the notation PQ to denote the vector. The magnitude ofa vector A is denoted by IAI or simply by the letter A. Two vectors A and B are equal if the magnitude of A is equal to the magnitude of B and if the direction of A is the same as the directiop of B. Thus a vector is not changed. if it is moved parallel to itself. This means that generally the position of a vector in spJCC may be chosen arbitrarily; In certain applications, however <as in the calculation of the ~oment of a force) the actual point of location of a vector may be important. A vector when associated with a particular point is known as a localized or bound vector; otherwise it is known as afree veet.or. When two or more vectorS are parallc;l to the same line, they are said to be collinear. When two or more vectors are oarallel to the same plane, they are said to be coplanar.
2.2 AdditioD aDel SubtractioD
~. ~

This notion of addition is readily applicable to vector quantities otber than position vectors. If A and B are any two vectors, we can represent them by arrows drawn such that the initial point of B coincides with the terminal point of A (Fig. 2.3a). Then the vector sum A + B is given by the vector C, which extends from the initial point of A to the terminal

Z +----..

__B=--_. ,.


Let P andQ be two points in space and let OP and OQ ,be the respective

position vectors froin a reference point 0 <Fig. 2.2}. PQ denotes the vector from P to Q. From 0 the point Q may be reached along the


Fig. 2.3 Addition of two


Fig. 2.2 Additioo of position vectors.

vector OQ or, alternatively. along the \I.ector OP to " and ~en al~g vector fiQ to Q. We define that 6Q is the sum of the vectors OP and PQ. A~cordingly we write that





point of B. In the same manner A may be added to B and the sum B + A obtained as shown in Fig. 2.3b. Putting together Figs. 2.3a and 2.3b (which arc equal triangles). we obtain a parallelogram as shown in Fig. 2.3c. The vectors A and B drawn from a common origin form the sides of the parallelogram. The diagonal C drawn from the common origin represents the sum A + B or B + A. Thus we say that vectors are added according to the "parallelogram law" of addition. Repeated application of the parallelogram law determines the sum of any number of 'lectors. Since A +B = B + A, vectors may be added in any ordet Whatsoever. We, therefore, say vector addition is commutlltiml.

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A vector of unit length (i.e., of unit magnitude) is called a unit vector. Considering any vector A, form the product

The result is simply a unit vector in the direction of A. Denoting this unit vector by eA , we write A eA ==A or
A == AeA



== A + (-B)

That. is, any vector may be represented as the product of its magnitude and a umt vector. A unit vector is used to designate a direction.

JI'Ic. .2.4 Subtraction of two vectors.

Subtraction of vectors is carried out on the same lines as their addition. To form the vector difference A - B we write

1.6 Zero Vector

A vector of zero magnitude is called a zero vector. It has no definite direction ass<><:iate<i with it.
1.7 Scalar ProcIud of Two Vecton . Besides addition, subtraction, and multiplication by a number two further algebraic operations, known as the scalar product and the ~;ctor product, can be defined for vector . quantities. To introduce the scalar product, we recall the concept of work. When a force F acts on a mass point, and if under its action the mass experiences an infinitesimal displacement 5, we define the work done by the force as equal to the orthogonal projection of the force along the direction of the displacement times the magFig. 2.5 Concept of work. nitude of the displacement (Fig. 2.5). If 8 is the angle between F and 5, we express the work done by
W = IFI cos 8 151 = Fs cos 8

A- B

and reduce the operation of subtraction to one of addition {Fig. 2.4). The negative vector - B has the same magnitude as B but points in a direction opposite to that of B.

1.3 Deftnidoll of Vector

We now define a vector 4S a quantity that possesses both a magnitude and a direction and obeys the parallelogram law of addition. Obeying this law is important, for there arc quantities that have both magnitude and direction but do not add according to the par~lelogram law. A DJlite rotation of a rigid body,althougb possessing magnitude and direction', is not vector, for such notobcy the para11clogram l~w. On the other hand, an infinitesimal rotation of a rigid body is a vector. The reader should verify these statemen~

1.4 Multl.,llcatinD by Number

If a vector A is multiplied by a number m, we obtain another vector the magnitude of which is m times the magnitude of A, and the direction of whi<;h is t~same as tbat of A.

where F a~d s denote, respectively, the magnitudes of F and s. The work done, W, IS a scalar quantity that is obtained by a certain kind of product



m IAI == mA

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between two v~ors,. namely F and.. Such an operation may be given a name and defined for any two vectors. Since the result of the plod\lct is. a scalar, it is called the sr.alar product or two vectors. !t is


defined tIS the scalar quantity .:>quIIl to tire i'r,?~ct of the' magni~s of thE rJ4edors times the cosine of the ,-ngle between their directiollS. If A and B are any two vectors, thCir' scala.' product is denoted by A B and read as .A dot B. Thus we


A B IAIIBI cos 8
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where 8 ;s the angle between the vectors. The scalar produ~ is also known as the dotpr.t or as the inner product. By using the notath)n of the scalar product the "'orle done by a force F during an infinitesimal displacement I may be represented by

of a moment due to a force.

simple results follovdmmediately frt.m the definition (2.1) of the scalar product. . . Since A B .. B .A, the scalar product is ~mmutative. If the vectorS A and B are JKtpendicular to each other, their scalar .. product is zero, since 8 "'" .,,/2 and cos 8 - O CoBverselY, if A B'" 0, it (ollows that either the vectors ~. mutually. perpendicular ~r at least' one ,~ them is zero. If two vectors A 'and B are parallel to each other, their scalar product becomes simply equal to the, product of their magnitudes (i.e., AB), since 8 "'" 0 and cos 8 "'" 1. The scalar produ~t of a vector by il$Clf is equal to the square of its magnitude. Thus we have A.A "'" AA "'" AI The product A A is sometimes denoted by A'. The orthogonal proj~tion of a vector A in any direction e is the product A e. 1.8 Vector Product of, Two Vectors

of action of the force (i.e., the lever arm). Denoting these quantities, respectively, by M, F, and I we have M-FI

A few

If r denotes the vector OP and 8 the angle measured from r to F such that 0 ~ 8 ~." (see Fig. 2.6), the magnitude of the moment becomes M-Frsin8 The direction of the moment is that of a rotation about 0 in the plane formed 'by the vectors r and F. Drawing the vectors rand F from the common origin 0, we observe that the d,irection of rotation due to the moment tellds to bring the vector r into the vector F (Fig. 2.7). To express these ideas symboli<:a1ly we first set up at 0 an axis of rotation such.that it is perpendicular to the plane rand F and points is the direction in which a right-handed screw would advance when turned in the direction of rotation due to the moment (i.e., from r to, F): Along this axis of rotation Vie then draw a unit vector e", and ~gree .that it represents the direction of the': moment vectorM (Fig. 2.8). Thus we write (2.2) M == Fr sin Oe", and represent it as shown in Fig. 2.8.

10 introduce this product we consider the concept of the moment due to a force. Suppose we wish to describe the moment about a point 0 of a force F acting .at the point P (Fig. 2.6). To describe the moment com~ pletely we must give a magnitude and a direction, that is, we must specify a vector quantity. Let us, therefore, denote the moment by M. By definition the magnitude of the moment is equal to the product of the magnitude of the force and the shortest distance from the reference poilU to the line

Direction of

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According to (2.2) the moment vector may be looked on as resulting from a certain type of product operation between two other vectors. Thus Eq. (2.2) may be made the basis for defining such a product between any two vectors. Since the result" of such a product is a vector, it may be called the vector product ana defined as foHows. The vector product of the vectors A and B is a vector C whose magnitude is equal to the produqt of the magnitudes of A and B times the sine of the
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WesbaltnQwstate a. few simplerosult$ that;follovnudily from the definition of the vector product. The products A x B a.nd B x A are not equal. In fact, we have
A x B - -B x A

This means that tile vector product is 1IOt cOmnlutatir; It ii, therefore necessary to preserve the order of the vectors when dea!...g with operations that involve vector produtts.

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Fla. 2.1 Representation of a moment vector.

angle (J measured from A to B such that 0 ~ (J ~ 'Fr, and whose direction is specified by the condition that C is perpendicular to the plane of the vectors A and B and points in the direction in which a right-handed screw advances when turned so as to bring A toward B .. The vector product is usuaHy denoted by writing the vectors with a cross between them as AxB

If two vectors A a.nd B.are parallel to each other, their cross product is zero. Conversely, if A )( .B - 0, the vectors A and B are either parallel or at least one of them is zero. It follows that the vector product of a vector int itself is zero.

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The magnitude of the vector A x B is equal to the area. of the parallelo-

gram formed by the vectors A a.nd B. In fact,. the vector A x B may

be conSidered to represent both in magnitude and direction the area of thc parallelogram whose sideS arc A and B, if a planc ai'eacan be re~n,.; sented as a vector. Now, any plane area may be regarded as possess~ng a- direction besides a magnitudc, thc directional character arising out of the need to specifythc orientation in space of the plane area. It is customary to denote the direction gf a plane area by means of a uni! v~or drawn in the direction of thcnormal to that plane. To fixthc dIrectIon of the normal wc fitst assign a certain sense ~f travel along the contour that fo~s the boundar; of the plane arca in qucstion. Thcn thc direction of the normaI is takcn (by convcntion) ~ that in which a right-handed screw advances as it is rotated according to thc sensc of travcl along thc boundary curve or contour. Thus if t:j is a curvc enclosing an area S on thc plane P and the direction along t:jis assigned as shown in Fig. 2.10, the direction of the area is given by the unit vector II normal to the plane

and read A cross B. For this reason it is also called the cross product. . If A. and B are the respective magnitudcs of A and B and if e denotes thc direction of Ax B, we write A

xB == eAB sin (}


and represent it geometrically as shown in Fig. 2.9. . . By using the notation of the vector product (2.2) can now be abbreViated to the form M = rx F
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and directed as shown in the figure. The area itself can now be represented by a vector S whose magnitude is S and whose direction :s n. Thus, symbolically, we write
S = Sn

figure, is perpendicular to the radius and to the axis of rotation. Denoting the direction of V by the unit vector e, we have
V = wae


Let 0 be any point on the axis of rotatiC''l and let r denote the position According to these ideas, the vector product A x B represents both In


OF (Fig. 2.11).

If (J is the angle between r and the axis (measured

Fig. 2.10 Plane area as a vector quantity.

magnitude and direction the area of the parallelogram whose sides are A and B.

2.10 Velocity ofa Point of a Rotating Rigid Body

The vector product of two vectors has many geometrical and physical applications. The description of the moment of a force about a point is one important example. The descriptior. of the velocity of a point of a rotating rigid body is another, and we shall consider it here. S.uppo~e a rigid body is rotating with an angular speed w about a certam aXIs. We wish to describe the veloc~ty of a point P of the body. Let the vector V denote the velocity of the point. Each point of the body describes a circle that lies in a plane perpendicular to the axis and with its center on the axis. The radius of the circle is the perpendicular distance from the point of interest to the axis (Fig. 2.11). The magnitude of th~ velocity of the point is simply equal to the product of the angular vel0clty wand the radius, say a, of the circle. The velocity V, directed as shown in the
We have used the common notation n instead of e. Fig.2.11 Velocity of a point of a rotating rigid body.

such that 0 ~ (J ~ 11), the radius a is equal to r sin 6, r being the magnitude of r. Then from (2.4a) we obtain V

= wre sin (J


Now, angular velocity, like the moment' due to a force, is a vector quantity possessing a direction and a magnitude and, as can be verified, obeys the parallelogram law of addition. !t is thus a vector and we denote it by w. The direction of w, as in the case of the moment, is a sense of rotation about a certain axis. To represent it by means of a unit vector we adopt the convention (or the rule) of the right-handed screw. According to this rule, the direction of the angular velocity is given by a

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unit vector draWn along the axisofrotation and pointing in that direction in which a right-handed screw would. advance when it is turned in the direction of rotation about the axis. Denoting this unit vector bye.... we write


and represent it as shown in Fig. 2.12. Now. if c. is a unit vector in the dir.ection of r we observe that
c... x cr = e sin ()

With this relation. Eq. (2.4b) may be written as

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v = cure...

x er

= we", x rer

x r


This states that the velocity of a point of a rigid boQy rotating about an axis is given by the vector product of the angular velocity and the position vector drawn from any point on the axis of rotation to the point under consideration (see Fig. 2.13). 1.U Polar aDd Axial Vectors
It might have been noticed during the preceding considerations that there is a certain difference between vectors such as angular velocity and the moment of a force and .vectors such as velocity. force, and displacement. The difference between the two types of vectors lies in the way they are represented by 'directed line segments (i.e., arrows). In the case of vectors such as fcirce and velocity the direction of the arrow is the true direction of the vector it represents. Vectors that can be represented in this way are called polar vectors. In quantities Sl!ch as angular velocity and moment the direction of the arrow is not the actual direction of the quantity it represents, for the actual direction in this case is that of a ro~ation shout an axis; and whit we have done is to .choose to represent this direction 'of rotation by means of a directed segment along the axis of rotation. To specify the direction of that segment we have adopted, arbitrarily of course, the Tight-hand rule (i.e., the convention of the righthanded screw). Vectors tha~ art represented this way are called axial

1.12 Multiple Products

FJa. %.13 Velocity of a point of a rotating rigid boGy as a vector- product.

We return to the products of vectors. Products between three vectors are called triple products,' If A, B, Care ahy three vectors, triple pr,oducts of the form A(B C); A B xC; A )t (ll x C) are easily defined.


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The product A(8 C) is simply a multiplication of the vector A by a scalar that is equal to 8 C.
Sca/iu Tripk Pro_to The result of the product A 8 x C is a scalar. Therefore such a product is called a scalar triple product. Drawing the vectors A, 8, C from a common origin, we readily see that the produ~ A 8 x C is equal to the volume of the parallelepiped formed by the vectors A, 8:C (Fig. 2.14). The following simple results are important in applications. In a triple scalar product, the dot and cross. can be interchanged without changing the value of the result. Symbolically, we h,4lve

by 8 and C and is perpendicular to the vector A (Fig. 2.1S). In such a case A x (8 x C) can be expressed as a linear combination of the vectors 8 and C (see 2.13). Thus we write


A8 x C - A x B C


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A cyclical pern:.utation of the order of the vectors in a scalar triple product leaves the product unchanged. 'This is expressed by
A8 x C *= B C x A - C A x 8

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where m and n are numbers. It can be shown that

m =AC


It further follows that

A B x C

n = -A8

-A C x B = -C B x A

-B A x C


We thus have
A x (8 x C) = (A C)8 - (A 8)C


Vector Tripk Product. The result of the product A x (8 x C) is a vector. Therefore such a product is called a vector triple product. The vector A x (8 x C) is normal to the plane formed by A and (B x C). The vect,or 8 x C is, however, perpendicular to the plane formed by 8 and C. This means that the vector A x (8 x C) lies in the plane formed
Proof of these results is left as an exercise. -

Since the vector product of two vectors changes sign when the order of the vectors is changed, it follows that

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2.13 Components of a Vector

The study, so far, of vector algebra has proceeded on the basis of the geometrical description of a vector as a directed line segment. We now proceed toward an analytical description of a vector and of the: operations on it: Such a description yields a connection between vectors and ordinary numbers and relates the operations (of algebra and calculus) on vectors with those, on numbers. The analytiwl description of a vector is based on the notion of components of a vector. From the idea of addition it follows that any vector may be represented as the sum of a number of arbitrarily chosen noncop/anar, vectors. When this is done we say that a certain vector is r~solved into a number of compon~nt I vectors. I ! Let us consider, for simplicity, a vector I i A in a plane. The minimum number of" I nonparallel vectors into which A may bi; I I resolved are two. Thus let us designate I I as shown in Fig. 2, t6, two nonparallel I directions by the unit vectors e~ and b ~ oe. Choosing suitably two l"umbers a and b we can draw vectors ae.. and be h such Fig. 2.16 Decomposition of a that their sum is represented by the vector vector in two dimensions. A (see figure). Thus ae.. and be b become the Pecto;' components of A in the directions e.. and eb. To exhibit analytically, the component form of A we write

The numbers a. b, and c, which may be positive or negative, are cal~ed the scalar components of A or the measure numbers oC the respc:ctlve vector components of A, It is usual to refer to the number\a. b, c Simply as the components of A; it being understood that they are the scalar components of A in the respective, directions e,G' e., and e. To show the utility of expressmg vectors m component fo~m. let us first set up a basic system of three noncoplanar vectors. Then, With respect


Decomposition of a vector.

A:;:: ae..

+ beb

If it" is so desired 'we could decom~se A into a number of nonparallel vectors. But; selecting any two of these vector components. 'we can express each of the rest in terms of the selected two. Thus the number of, independent components that are necessary and sufficient to decompose a vector in a plane is two. In a similar manner, any vector in space (i.e., in three-dimensional space) can be resolved into vector components that are noncoplanar. Now. the number of inJependent components that' are necessary and sufficient to decompose a vector in space is three. Thus if we designate, as shown in Fig. 2.17, three non coplanar' directions by the u.nit vcctors e... e., ee' any vector A may be represented as made up of the component vcctors ae.. , be., ce" where a. b. c are suitably chosen numbers. Thus the component form of a three-dimensional vector A is expressed by

to this basic system, let all vector ex~ressed in their co~~ nent forms: Once this is done. all operations IOvolvmg the vector quantities will reduce to operations involving their scalar components. For example. consider equality of two vectors At and A z . . If ea. eb and e. denote a basic system of umt vectors, and If a lo br.. C I are the respective components of Al and b c, are the respect". " components of A,. we have for' Al = A, (2. 11 a)


the component relation


+ bl~ + cxe. =


+ b,eb + c,eo


This further reduces to three scalar equations

(2. 11 c)

= c,


As another example consider the addition of two vectors Al and A z Note that unless e e and e, are mutually perpendiCular. a '" A e b " A tt. and c '" A e,.

A, = aea

+ beb + ceo


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If the sum Al + AI is denoted by the vector Aa and its components by aa, ba, Ca, we have for A . == A'+ A I I (2.12a) the form

+ bae" + cle. == ale,. + ble" + cleo + ate,. + b.2e" + c~e.

a. ==


may require that the three numbers 'representing a vector obey such a transformation rule . According to these ideas, we define a vector, analytically, as an ordered set of three numbers that obey certain specific rules. If the set of numbers q10 q., ql represent a vector A, we express this symbolically by writing A

This can be rewritten as three scalar equations

== (q1o q., q.)

+ a. b. == bl + b, CI - CI + <;1

(2.12c) (2.12d) (2.12e)

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The three unit vectors that constitute a reference system for the various vector quantities under consideration are usually taken along the directions of the axes of a coordinate 'system used to define a point in space. A

Incidentally, the foregoing examples show how the use of vector notation leads to simplicity of expression. A single vector relation such as (2.11a) is equivalent-to three scalar relations such as (2.11c) to (2.11e). Similarly, relation (2.12a) js represented by three equations, (2.l2c) to (2.12e).

p. (s, y, z)



1.14 Specification of a Vector

In the preceeding section we have seen that if two vectors are equal, their components with. respect to a chosen reference system of three noncoplanar unit vectors are also equal. Conversely, if the corresponding ~ompon~nts oftwo.vect~rs are ~qual, the vectors must themselyes be equal 10 magnitude and direction. This means a vector is uniquely determined by a set of three numbers that form the components of the vector. To specify a vector, quantities other than its components can also be used. To illustrate this consider a vector A. Let a, b,.c denote its como. ponents with respect to the unit vectorse,., eli' ~, and let ex, p, ydenote the angres A makes with e,., eli' e. Then each of the sets of numbers (a, b, c), (a, p, y), (b, y, IX), (c, ex, P), (a, b, y), etc. determines completely the direction and magnitude of A. We may thus describe a vector analytically as a set of three numbers that, in some fashion, are related to a chosen r~ference system of unit vectors, say e h e 2, ea. The set of numbers is ordered in the sense that the first number in the set corresponds to the direction e l , the second to e l , and the third to ea. Furthermore, the three numbers representing a vector must obey certain specific rules, for not every ordered set of three numbers expresses a vector. To see how such rules may be set up, consider any vector and describe it in two different reference systems. As we pass from one reference system to another, the vector itself remains unch~nged, whIle the sets of numbers that describe it will be different in the two systems. However, since both the sets describe the same vector, we can set up a rule to express one set of numbers in terms of the other. Then we

~---+I"'" --/....,/~.---;,..~ Y
1 ______ .... -1.- / / /

Fla. 1.18 Cartesian coordinates.

familiar example of a coordinate system is the rectangular Cartesian coordinate system. In this system a point in space is specified by three cpordinates measured with respect to three mutually perpendicular axes. We denote the axes by X, Y, Z and the coordinates by x, y, z (Fig. 2.18). The coordinate axes may be designated X, Y, Z arbitrarily, but it is necessary to adopt a consiste~t convention. As shown in Fig. 2.19 there are two distinct ways of disposing the axes. The method shown in Fig.







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2.190 may be characterized by the convention that a right-Jranded rota.ti()n 0 about the positive dircction of the Z-axis through 90 brings the positive X-axis into the positive Y-axis. A system of axes oriented according to this rule of right-handed rotation is kaown as a right-handed system. On the same lines the method of orienting the ues as shown fjg. 2.19b may be characterized' by a left-handed rotation about the axi~ Z. In our work here we shall use right-handed systems of axes exclusively. Let P be a point in space designated by the coordinates x,y, % referred to


Now. the sume system ofi, J. k unit vectors may be set up at any point P and uSl!d to describe the component form of any vector assodated with the point. Thus if A is such a vector quantity and if a:r' aw' a, denote the components of A with respect to i, j, k, We wnte A

= (0."

a w a.) '


+ awl + o,k


The magnitude of A is gtven by

IAI = ..../a"'2 + a. 2 + a,2


2.16 Notion of Curvilinear Coordinates In analyling many physical probl~ms it is often advantageous to use coordinates of greater generality than the Cartesians. We shall now see how such general coordinates may be introduced and characterized. In the Cartesian system various points in space are defined by a.ssigning different values to the coordinates x, y, z. In such an XYZ.6pace, consider a system (If three independent functions expressed by

pelf"~, z)

qJ,. =

(/1(x, y, z)

Fig. 1.20 The I, J, k system of uDit vectors.

""' q.(x, y, z) =q.(x, y, z)


a Cartesian coordinate system XYZ. Let 0 be the origin of coordinates and let r denote the position vector OP. To describe the compone~t fonn of r we choose three unit vcctors al~ng the positive directions of the axes X,Y, Z. We denote these unit vectors by I, j, k, respectively (Fig. 2.20). They form a right-handed system oforthogonal (i.e, mutually perpendicular) vectors. The components of r with respect to the i, j, k system are simply. x, 1/, z. Thus we write
~ ~

r = OP

== (x, y, %) = xi + yj + %k
= ";za


Since i, j, k are mutually perpendicular, the magnitude of r is given by

r == Irl

+ yl + Zl

If Q;, p, yare the angles r makes,.respectively, with i, j, k, the direction cosines of r are given according to the following relations: x =r i = r cos Q; (2.15) y = rj = rcosp z=rk=rcosy
., Jt

such that there is a unique correspondence between (x, y, z) and (qlt q2. q,). Dy means of these functions we can determine for any point. P with the coordinates x. y, z a set of three new numbers ql' q2' qa. Conversely. if ql. qt, q. are chosen, a point with the coordinates x, y, z can be determined. This means that the position of a poil1.t P in the XYZ space may be specified eit~r by the set of numbers (x, y, %) or by (qh qa. q3)' Thus to each point P(x, y, z) we can assign the' <;orresponrling values lq). qz. qs) as a set of new coordinates. In this sense the system of functions expressed by (2.18) may be interpreted as defining a Transformation of coordinates. * 'The coorJinates ql' q2' qs are ~nown as the general coordi11Qtes of 0 point. Note that qlt Q2. q3 are coordinates and that they need not necessarily possess the dimensions of length. In other words, they are not necessarily fhe compone~ts of the position vector describing the point P. , , Let us now recall.the geometrical significance of a function onhe form f(x, y, ::) = const. Such a function represents a family of surfaces, with each surface of th~family corresponding to a different value of the .constanLWe concern ourselves with cases where only one surface of the family will pass through a chosen point: Consider now the system of
Anotherinterpretation of these equations is that they define a mapping .,f the XYZ space on to the .pace of q.. q.. q. c:oordinates. For a detailed discussion on "systems of flinc:tions, transformations, and mappings," see Courant (1934).

customary. to use I, j, k instead of ~,e., e

equations expressed by
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q. == q.(%, y, z) == const. (2.19) q. == q.(%, y, z) == const. They represent three independent families of surfaces such that~ in general, one surface of each f~mily passes through a chj)ser, point. Then any point in space: may' be located as the point of intersection of three independent surfaces represented by a system of equations such as (2.19). The values of

At the point P we draw a tangent to each of the coordinate lines. These tangents are taken as the coordinate axes at tlie point P (see Fig. 2.21). The axes are chosen positive in the direction in which ql> q., q. increase from the point P. Along the coordinate axes thus formed we mark out from the point P three unit vectors el> e., e. (see Fig. 2.2l'). This system of unit vectors at the point P can then be used as a reference system for all vector quanfities associated with that point. It should be readily noted that in a system of curvilinear coordinates, the axes and the reference system of unit vectors are not, in general, of fixed' directions in space. Their directions change from point to point in- space. We should bear in mind this particular aspect of curvilinear coordinates. 1.17 <>rtIIopDaI, Cun1liDear Coordinates In many problems, when curvilinear coordinates are used, one chooses the coordinates in such a way that the coordinate surfaces intersect at right angles at each point in space. Such coordinates are called orthogonalcurvilinear coordinates. In our studies here we shall be concerned only with orthogonal systems. As examples of such systems we shall consider the following two speCial cases. t

ql surface


Cy/iNlrical Coortlilflltel.

In ~his system a point in space is located by the

ql- r

coordinates .

Iz I I I


== (J

shown in Fig. 2.22.' (Note that here i is not the magnitude of the position vector GP.) The transformation between Cartesian coordinates snd: cylindrical coordinates is expressed by the equations

------------...v y
Fig. 2.21

Curvilinear coordinates.

r'" ql(%' y, z) (J

.JzI + 1/
arc tan -

ql, q2, qa, which belong to the three surfaces passing through a point, are then assigned to the point as coordinates. These are nothing but the general coordinates previously expressed by the functions (2.18). The surfaces (curved in general) described by the equations (2.19) are called curvilinear coordinate surfaces. The coordinates ql; q., q. are therefore also known as curvilinear coordinate~. The coordinate surfaces passing through any point P(ql> q., qJ intersect in pairs ana give rise to three space curves passing through that point. These curves of intersection are called the coordinate lines: The surfaces q2 = const. al'd q3 = const. intersect in a curve along which the c0ordinate ql alone varies. Thus this curve is called the ql-Iine or the ql-curve. Similarly, we have a q2-line and a q.-line (see Fig. 2.21).

== qM,%, y, z) z == q.(%, y, z) -


or, inversely, by

y == r sin (J z-z
In Fig. 2.21 the naming of the coordinate surfaces is initially so ~osen as to make

elt el, el a right-handed system.

t For further examples and for a discussion on nonortbogonal systems see Margenau and Murphy (1956).

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The coordinate surfaces given by (I) T . . const. arc cylinders coaxial with the Z-axis, (2) 8 .. const. arc half plancs through the Z-a~s, (3) const. are plancs perpendicular to the Z-axis (Fig. 2.23). At any point PC', 8, z) the vectors cr. e" e~ donote the reference system of unit vectors drawn respectively in the directions of increasing ,,8, and z (Fig. 2.22). ,The unit vectotsare orthogonal to one another and form, in the order e r , e" e" a right-handed system. These unit vectors except for e. are generally of different directions at different points in space. Let R denote the position vector OP front the origin 0 to the point PC"~ 8, z). The component form of R is then expressed by



If A is any vector associated with the point PC', 8, z), and if A r , A., A. are the components of A with respect to the unit vectors er , e., e. at P, we write A .. (Art A" 4,) - Arer + A,e, + A.e.

Fla. 2.%2 C-ylindrical ,coordinates.

SpllniuJ CDO'__~.. In this system a point in space is located by the c')ordinates ' ql - ,

q. - 8 q." 9J
as shown in Fig. 2.24. The transformation between Cartesians and spherical coordinates is expressed by the equations

,- ~r + 1/' + z

.Jr + Y' +"z'

, :B

z "_-arcsin .. arc: Sin

~~'+tI Jr + 1/' + z

9J - arc cos


or, inversely. by

~r+tI ~r+tI ~ - 'sin 8 cos rp


= 'cos (J


Cylindrical-(T""din?te surfaces.

The coordinate surfaces given by (I) , == const. are co~centric spheres about the origin, (2) (J:= const. are circular cones with vertex at the origin and axis along the Z-axis, (3) rp - const. are half planes through the , Z-axis (Fig. 2.25). At any point per, (), '1') the vectors er , e., e. denote the reference system of unit vectors drawn, respectively, in the directions of increasing'. 8, and rp


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set up at


Fla. 1.14 Spherical coordinates.

We shall now express in component form the various products we have previously considered. For this purpose we choose an orthogonal righthanded system of unit vectors. We denote the unit vectors by e1' e I. and the components of any vector A with respect to these by AI' A., A First we consider the scalar and vector products between the unit vectors. A scalar product of the form e1 e1 is equal to unity. A scalar product of the form ~1 e. is zero. We thus have .


(Fi . 2.24). The unit vectors are orthogonal to one another ~nd form, in thegorder e , e" e", a right-han~ed sy~tem: These vectors are, tn general, of r different directions at differential potnts tn space. ~. The component form of the position vector r = OP IS expressed by r = rer

(2.20' )
A vector product of the form e1 X e1 is zero. A vector produE:t of the form e1 x e. is equal to e., and of the form I. x e1 is -e.. We thus have (2.2Ia) and el x e. x ea x e. = -e. x e 1 =- e, e a = -Is x e. == e1 e l = -el X e l = I.

If A is any vector associated with the point P(r, 8, 9') and if A r , A" A"

(2.21 b) (2.2Ic) (2.2Id)

We now consider the produ,cts between two vectors A and B. For the ~Iar product A. B we have

A B = (Aiel

+ A,c2 +

A.e.) (B1el

+ B.e. + Ble.)

USing .the relations (2.20a) and (2.2Ib), this becomes



A B = A1Bl

+ A.B. + A.Ba

r= cohstllnt

which states that the scalar product of two vectors is equal to the sumo! the products of their corresponding components. For the vector product A x B we have ...

A x B = (Aiel

+ A,c2 + A,e,) + (AaBl -

x (Ble l

+ B 2e 2 + B.e.) + (A1B2
- A 2 Bl)e.

By using the relations (2.2Ia) through (2.2Id), this becomes A)( B = (A2Ba - A aB 2)el


Fig. ~.lS Spherical-coordinate surfaces.

e .. e" e. may represent the system of unit vectors set up at a point described by any orthogonal, curvilinear, coordinate system.

This may be written in the determinant form

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vector A, we say that the vector A is a function of the scalar' I and write




A - A(t)

A )( B -

Al A. A.

Bl B.


whi~h is more cqnvenient to remember.

We now consider triple products betw~ the vectors ~, B, C. The ~esult of the triple scalar product A B )( C may be written m the det~rmlDant form

Suppose we want to describe the temperature at every point pf a heated body. To do this we specify each point of the body by means of a position vector drawn from an arbitrarily chosen reference point and .-y that the temperature T is a function of the position vector r. Symbolica:liy~ we write T ... T(r) Here we have an example of a scalar as a function of a vector. Similarly, if for each value of a vector r there corresponds a certain value of a scalar t/I, we say that the scalar ~ is a function of the vector r and write

Al A. A.
A B )( C -





C. C.

", - c/l{r)
When r denotes the position vector, we say that; is a scalar function of position. The distributions of pressure, density, and temperature in the atmosphere are examples' of scalar funct'ions of positioh, Let us consider next a rigid lJody rotating with a constant angular velocity w. As seen in Section 2.10, the ~Iocity of a point of the body is given by where r is the position vector from a reference point taken on the axis of rotation. Different values of r yield the velocities of the different points of the body. We say that tlte velocity is a function of the position vector and write symbolically v - V(r) This is an example of a vector-as a function of another vector. If for each value of a vector r there corresponds a certain value of another vectot.A, we say that A is a function of r and write
A - A(r)

which is easy to remember. . '. The result of the triple vector product A )( (B )( C) may be. written 10 the determinant form


(B1C I - /fIC.)

This concludes the essentials of vector algebra. "!Ie now paSs on to the elements of vector calculus.

1.19 FuaetIoas iDvolvID. Vecton aDd Scalan

We are familiar with the conceptS of calculus as applied to scalars ~hat are functions of other scalars. Extension of such concepts to functions involving vectors and scalars fonils vector. analysis. ~e..shall first look a~ the various types of functions that are likely to arise In the vector de scription of physical problems. . . . d so If we wish tl) describe the motion of a mass pomt 1R s~ce, we Will 0 by specifying at different instances of time its position ~Ith respect t.o so~: point fixed in a chosen frame of reference. T~at IS, we descrlb~ t I position vector r a~ a function of time t, a scalar vanable. Such a functlOna relation is symbohcally expressed by
r - r(t)

When r signifies the position v~tor, we say that A is a vector function of The gravitational fotce experienced by one body in the presence of another ~s an example of a vector function of position. Similarly. the Coulomb force acting on one electrically charged body in the presence of another charged body is a vector function of position. The functional relations we have introduced above are only specia: forms of the more general relations expressed by

This is an example of a vector as a function of a scalar. Si~ilarly, if for c;ach value of a scalar variable t there corresponds a certam value of a
Proof is left as an exercise,

", =

~r. t)

(a scalar as a function of another scalar and a vector) and A = A(r, t)

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(a vector as a function of another vector and a scalar). When rand t signify position and time, respectively, we say that tf, is a scalar function ~f position and time and that A is a veclor function ofposition .nd lime. If 10 the case of a heated body the temperature at any point of the body varies with time, we say that the temperature' Tis a scalar function and time and write T ... T(r, I). Similarly, if in the case of a rotating Mgtd body the angular velocity changes with time, the velocit~ at any point ~f the body varies with time, and we say that the velocity V IS a vector function of position and time and write V = V(r, t). . Using the principle of decomposit~on of a. vect~r mt~ scalar co~ ponents, we can interpret the preceding funC!lons lD~olvlDg v~ors ID terms of scalar functions of scalar variables. Such an mterpretatlon sets up a correspondence between the operations of vector calculus with those of scalar (or ordinary) calculus. Consider fint the function A = A(t). Let A .. A., A. be the components of A with respect to a fixed system ofthree un'it vectors denoted by el, e., ea We thus write A Aiel + A,e. + A,e. (AI' A., A.)


With this represent,ation we can interpret the function A(t) as equivalent to the three functions Al = Al(/), A, A.(t), Aa = Aa(t)

A scalar or a vector function of position assigns to each point of a portion of space a definite value of a scalar or a vector quantity. The various points of the given region together with the corresponding values of the quantity, scalar or vector, form what is called afield. If the quantity concerned is a scalar, the field is called a scalar field; if the quantity is a vector. the field is called a vector field. If we are dealing with a scalar or vector function of position and. time, the values of the scalar or vector quantity at the various po~.nts of the region change from instant to insnnt and the field becomes an unsteady or nonstationary field. If we are dealing with a scalar or vector function of position only, the field retains the same structure for all times and we say that it is Ii steady or a stationary field .. The concept of a field helps us to show what is happening simultaneously at all points of a region of space. An arbitrary poi~t in a field is usually called afield point. Gonsider a scalar field represented by a single-valued function rf, = .fJ(r). In such a field we can draw a family of surfaces such that each surface passes through .all those points that have the same value of the sc-.alar quantity rf,. The surfaces are thus surfaces of constant rf, and are represented by rf, - .fJ(r)= const. with the constant taking a different value for each surface. Such surfaces are commonly referred to as level surfaces. Surfaces of constant density or of constant temperature, or of constant pressure in the atmosphere are all examples of level surfaces. If a scalar field is steady.. its level surfaces remain constant with time. If the scalar field is unsteady, the level surfaces change from instant to inlltant. One may picture a vector field by imagining arrows placed at various points of the region of space, each arrow pointing in the di~ectionof the vector quantity associated with the point and having a length proportional to the magnitude of the quantity. As an example. the velocity field of a rigid body rotating with a constant angular velocity is shown in F~g. 2.26. In a vector field one can draw a system of curves such that each curve is tangent at each point on it to the direction of the vector quantity associated with that point. Such curves are called field lines. If the vector field is a force field. the field lines are known as the lines offorce; if the field is the velocity field of a flowing fluid, they are known as streamlines. A familiar example of field lines is the picture of curves formed by iron filings in the presence of a magnet. The :1eld line~ of the velocity field of a rigid body rotating with a constant angular velocity are shown in Fig. 2.27. If the vector field we are dealing with is stationary, the picture of its field

Thus a vector function Qf a scalar variable is equivalent to a system of three independent scalar functions of the same scalar variable. Consider next the function tf, = .fJ(r). If ql' q., q. are the components of r with respect to a system of unit vectors el, e., e. we can interpret .fJ(r) as equivalent to the function. tf, =' tf,(q., q., q.) This means that a scalar function of a vector is equivalent to a scalar function of three independent scalar variables. 'Consider now the function A = A(r). If, as before, AI' A., A. are t?e components of A and q.. q.,q. are the components of r, we can write A = A(r) as equivalent to the system of functions expt:essed by
Al = A 1(r) = A.(ql> q., qa)



= A 2(ql' Q2, Q3)

q2. qa)

A3 = A3(r) = A 3 (QI>

Thus a vector function of- a vector is equivalent to a system of three , independent sealar functions of three scalar variables. In a similar maAner, the functi,ons rf, ~ rf,(r. t) a~d A = A(r, t) can be express~d in terms of scalar functions of scalar vanables.


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are parallel vectors. Recalling that the vector product of two parallel vectors is zero, we write tis )( A == 0 (2.2~) This, the~, is the (differential) equation that determines (at any instant) field lines of the vector field A - A(r, I). In determining the streamhnes of the velocity field of a fluid in motion we shall have occasion to study the integration of an equation oftbe type (2.26). Using the p,inciple of decomposition of a vector into components, Eq. (2.26) can be readily specialized to any chosen coordinate system. Since the function A - A(r, t) is equivalent to three scalar functions of position and time, any vector field may be regarded as equivalent to three scalar fields.


FI~. 2.26 Velocity field of a rotating rigid body .as.seen in a plane normal to the axis
of rotation.


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If a vector A ehanges from a value A, to a value A., the increment in A denoted by &A is simply the vector difference between A. and Ai' That is,

&A::oo A. - Ai
A change in ~ ~cct~r ~y be brought about by a change in its magnitude or by a change ID Its dm:ctlon or by a change in both magnitude and direction. If a vector A is a function of a scalar variable'l, the increment M in A corresponding to an increment &1 in I from I to I + &t is given by

lines remains unchanged with time; otherwise tbe picture changes from instant to instant. To cOnstruct analytically the field lines of a vector field" :: A(r, I), we proceed as follows. Consider the field line passing through a point r at some instant oftime. Let tis ~enote an element of the line through r. By definition tis has the same direction as that of the vector '" associated with the point r at the instant considered. That is, tis and A

M - A(I

&/) - A{I)

If the ratio &A/ &1 (i.e., the average variation of A with respect to t in the iQterval &1) tends to a limit when &t tends to zero, that limit is called the d'erivative of A with respect to I (compare the definition of the derivative of a scalar function of a scalar variable). Fo1l9wing the usual convention of differential calculus. we denote this derivative by dA/dt and write
dA(r) = lim ~A = lim A(t dt ~I-O ~t . ~I"'O

+ ~t) ~t



Let us now look at the geometrical interpretation of this derivative. If we represent the various values of the continuously varying ~ector A by means of arrows drawn from a common origin, denoted by 0, the terminus of the vector will describe a curve, denoted by ~; in space (seeFig. 2.28a). 'Qp represent A at time t and OQ represent it at time t + M (Fig. 2.2gb). Then the increment ~A is represented by the vector

chollliQ ef the curve~. Thus we have


.... 1..l7 Field lines of the. veloci'Y field of Fig. 2;26.

chord PQ



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point P. Denoting bye, a unit tangent vector at P (sec figure). we write


dA .Ii M.. I' PQ - - m - - Imdt A'''O fl.t A'''O fl.t


(2.28) With this, Eq. (2.28) becomes


lim PQ


== e.

To interpret the'limit we proceed as follows. A point such as P .or Q on the curve t'6 can be specified by giving either the v~tor A or the distance s measured along the curve from some initial point taken as ~lerence (sec . figure). As t varies. $ will change justas A doeS; so $ - $(1). and A may be

dA dt

== - e.

ds dt


the derivative as the product of a magnitude and a direction. As an example of the above consloerations, let us consider the motion of a mass particle. At any instant let its position be denoted by r == r(1) measured from a point fixed in a chosen frame of reference. The path (or the trajectory) of the particle is given by the curve j traced by the vector r as r varies. The velocity V of the particle at any instant (i.e., at the position r) is given by the derivative dr/dr. Thus we have

v == dr(t)
(t;J) (6)


= ~e dt'



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illustrating the differentiation oC A(t).

considered as depending on s. Let /).S denote the increment in s'from P to Q. Therefore fl.s = length of the arc PQ Introducing /).s, we rewrite Eq. (2.28) as

dA "-' lim PQ = (lim (lim /).s) dl 4t~O fl.B fl.t 41-0 /).s At~O /).1



= ds lim PQ dt A.-O as
Now, PQ/fl.s is a vector along iQ with a magni!'\) ~ equal to


stating that the velocity is tangential to the tnrjectOlY at the instant considered and that the magnitude V of the velocity is equal to the rate of change of distance along the trajectory (i.e., to the speed). As a simple result following Eq. (2.29) we note that the direction of thl! derivati,'e dAidt when A is of constant length but of changing direction is perpendicular to the rector A. We consider next the differentiation of the sums and products of vector functions a!l of which depend on the same scalar variable. In all such case!. the formal methods of differentiation as employed in scalar calculus. are equally Hpplicable except that in cases involving vector products, Ihe order of the vectors must be preserved. This is. of course, a natural consequence of the fact that vector products are not commutati,Ve. ACL'Ordingly, we have the following results. . The higher derivatives of the function A = A(:) uc cl'nstructed by successive differcliti.ilion just as in scalar calculus. If U =~ 11(t) is the sum of two fUnCli,)ns such that
tJ( t) =-= A(t)

length of the (:hord PQ length of the arc PO As /).S -+ 0,


we JlIl.\'-:JU dA dB -=_.-1--

and the direction of PQ. becomes that of the tangent to the curve ~ at the

of the tangent vector is

ril' d t

in the direction of increasing s.

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If, however, the unit vectors are also changing with the scalar t, we have

If u = U(/) ami A = A(/), we have

d dA du -(uA) = u - +-A
dt . dt dt

dA dAI A del dA 2 4 de2 - = el + 1 - + ez + 2 i






+ dA3 e3 + dt

A dea 3 dt


Here the order of the factors involved need not be preserved. If A = A(t) and B = B(t), we obtain
dt (A B) - A

di + di . B



Since the scalar product is commutative, the order of the vectors in this differentiation need not be preserved. The derivative of the cross product' A(t) )( B(t) is given by

~ (A )(

B) = A )( dB dt
dB dt

+ dA

)( B

To illustrate the case in which the reference unit vectors are also chanJlOg let us consider the description in cylindrical coordinates of the motion of a mass particle. Accordingly, we denote at any instant the position of the particle by r, 0, z and bye" e" e. the corresponding unit vectors. We ask for the .velocity, V, of the particle at the instant considered. By definition, the velocity of the particle is equal to the rate of change of its position. Thus if R = R(t) gives the position of the particle with respect to a fixed point, we have dR V = Vet) = dt

and is not equal to

In cylindrical coordinates

A )( -

dA + B x -', etc.

Therefore we obtain
V = - (re, dt

Since the vector product is not commutative, here the order of the vectors should be preserved. Considering triple products, we have

+ ze.)

d dA dB de - (A B)( C) = - . B )( C +A - )( C + A . B )( -d
lit dt . dt t

Since the direction of the unit vector e, changes with change of location of the nass particle, this equation expands to


~ [A x (8 x C)] = dt

dA x (B x C) + A x (dB x
dt dt

C) + A x (B x ddC ),
. t

dr V=-e dt'


de, dt

dz. dt'

Here again the order of the vectors has to ~ pr~served. , In concluding this section we rdate the derivative of the vector A(t) Wlt~ the derivatives of its components. To do this we choose a system of UOit vectors el> ea, e, and express
A(t) = A!el

To evaluate> the rate of change of the unit vector e, we proceed in the same way as in deriving Eq. (2.29) and obtain de, dO -=-e. dt dt With this relation, the velocity expressed In cylindrical coordinates becomes dr dO dz . V = - e + r - e + - e. (2.31) dt' dt' dtIf we did not recognize that e, is changing. we woutd have arrived at the incorrect result that the velocity of the particle is equal to

+ A 2e Z + Ases'

We therefore obtain dA d -- = - (AIel)

dt dl

d +-

(A i e 2)

d + -d (A 3e3)


If the unit vectors are constant, this reduces to


= dAl e


+ dA


+ dAs e3


}.. .:hange in a unit vector <:an ~ brought about by only a change in its direction, for by definition it. magnitude i'!l always unIty,

dr dt

+ dz e dt


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1.22 Cbanps In tile Volt Vectors of CyUadrlcal and Spherleal CoonIJnates When we move .from one point to another in cylindrical or spherie&l coordinates, changes occur in the directions of the reference unit vectors. We' shall now determine these changes.

infinitesimal rotation (2.32) of the system e" e" e.. Then the change in any of the unit vectors is given


(2.33) where the subscript j m;ry be r, 8, or z. Using relations (2:32) and (2.33) we obtain the changes in the unit vectors as

Cyli1Ulrictd Coor"'e'. infinitesimal distance


We move frpm a point It .. (r, IJ, z) over an

== dr e, + r d6 e, + th e.

in some direction. Here e" e" e. are the unit vectors associated with the point It. Let e:, e.', e.' be the unit vectors associated with the point R + ds. As shown' in Fig. 2;290, the system e:, e,', e,' results from an

de, == dB e. x e, == d8 e. de, == dB e. x e, == -dB e,


== d8 e. x e.

== 0

SPMriCtl' Coort/i",,'el, Now we denote a point in space by r We some directio~. over an infinitesimal distance

== (r, 8, cp).

== dr e, + ,dB e. +

r sin O-dcp e.,

where e" e" e., are the unit vec ors associated with the point r. Denote by e/, e.', e.,' the unit vectors associated with the point r + ds. We observe, as indicated in Fig. 2. 29b, that the system e/, e,', e.,' results from an infinitesimal rotation (2.35)

of the system er , e., el , where e is a unit vector in the direction of the axis from which 0 is measured. Expressing e in terms of e, and e. by the relation e == cos Oer "- sin Oe, we write Eq. (2.35) as


== dcp cos Oe, -

dcp sin Oe,


+ dOe.,


By using the relation for d+, the changes determined from the equation

the unit vectors may be

where the subscript i may be r. 0, I)r f1i. WeJhus obtain

de r = dO e8

+ d~ sin (Je.. == - dO e + dfli' cos Oe.,


(2.3 7)

(b) spherical

= --dcp sin Oer -

drp cos Oe8


Fig. 2.29 Changes in unit vecfurs: ;:oordinates.

(a) eylindrical coordinates;

In con.::\uding this section we' wouid like to mention that in a


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of Reference

K'dA dt

- ==


In the preceding considerations the vector quantities were described with respect to a chosen origin. Such an origin is a poiht fixed in soITIe frame of reference. ay a frame of reference we mean a frame in space and time that will enable us, by suitable measurements, to describe physical phenomena such as the position of mass points and the passage of time. Although we may postulate the existence of a reference 'frame that is absolutely fixed in space and time, we are obliged, for practical reasons, to deal with reference frames that are in relative motion with each other. This being the case we should recognize that operations performed in one frame of reference on functions involving vectors and scalars will yield results that are, in genual, different from those obtained by similar op'crations in another frame of reference. This means that an explicit mention of the reference frame in which the operations are being performed is essential unless it is understood that once and for all a particular reference frame is all that is employed. We shall now illustrate some of these ideas by working out a particular problem. Suppose that K and Ko are two,frames of reference such that the frame K rotates with an angular velocity w = W(/) with respect to the frame Ko, 1 being time. Consider now a vector function of time, say A = A(/). Our problem is to find the relation between the derivative of A with respect to t as computed in the frame K and the similar derivative computed in 'he frame Ko. First of all we must introduce an explicit notation to distinguish the derivative operations in the two frames. Accordingly, we shall denote by


(aiel + ate! + a3e a)

= ( el

K'da K'da K'da ) l+e I+e -d-t I -d-t I -dt K'de _2 'dt

+ ( a1 K'del + a dt

+ a. Ko-de3) _


. ConsIder the term Kodal . Smce t he d ' . 0 f . a sca1 f t ' envatIve ar unc Ion 0 f a dt sealar variable does not depend on the reference frame, we note that KOdal Kdal dal -= -=dt dt dt
We can, therefore, write



Tt = e Tt =


Kd(ale l ) dt


since e l is independent of t in the frame 1(. Similarly, we have



Tt =
dt -

Kd(a2et) dt


e Ktdtl ___ e) _' Kd(a 3_3_

Combjning the relations (2.39), we arrive at the result


0i!. the derivative operation in frame



and by



_1 + e z

Kada Kada Kd - ' + ea ~ = - (aiel + a2el + aaea) dt dt dt


i!. the derivative operation in frame




Let e l , e 2 , e a represent a system of unit vectors fixed in the system K, and let ai' a2> aa be the respective scalar components of A. We observe tnat the unit vectors e b e 2 e a are not functions of the variable 1 in the frame K. whilc.> they are functions of t in the frame Ko. The scalar components are simply scalar functions of a scalar valiable in either frame of reference; in this case the distinction between the reference frames becomes irrelevant.
The differentiatIOn of vectors v.ith particular emphasis on the importance of reference frames is extensively discussed by Kane (1961).

Consider next the term


Since e l is a fixed vector in the frame K that is rotating with angular velocity W(/) with respect to frame Ko, it can be . erified that
KOde l dt

x el .

Then we can write

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(2.41a) Similarly, we obtain (2.4tb) and

completely the variation at r of a fUDction 4>(r), we need a set of three numbers. As will be seen, this set of numbers represents a vector. Such a vector is called a gradient vector or simply a gradient. To discuss the nature and significance of a gradient, let us first choose Cartesian coordinates x, y, z and write r == (x, y, z) == xi

+ yj + zk


KOde3 - == w x a 3e , dt


Combining the relations (2.41), we arrive at the result


a 2e 2

xOde l dt


KOde2 dt

+ as


d~1 == w x (aiel

+ a,e,)

By using the relations (2.40) and (2.42), Eq. (2.38) may be rewritten as

.JL---------y o
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KOdA KdA -== -+wxA dt dt


This gives the required relation between the derivatives of A(I) in the reference fra!1les K and Ko. 2.24 Differentiation of a Scalar Function of a Vector:. Concept of a Gradient and

Let us denote by

== t/>(r) =

t/>(x, y, z)

Let us consider specifically a scalar function of position t/> :: 4>(r) and ask for its spatial variation. The conclusions we arrive at for this function., are equally applicable to other scalar functions of a vector variable. Since the independent variable in the function 4>(r) :s a vector, we have the choice of an infinite number of directions in which to take the increment ~r or. equivalent.y, the differential increment dr. The differential increment in 4> corresponding to dr would, in general, be different in different directions. This means lhat in describing the variation of <P we must specify the direction in which the variation is taken. We thus talk about the 'spatial derivative of 4> in a particular direction and refer to it as a directional deriL"!1til'e. According to these ideas it would appear that to describe completely the spatial variation at any puint of a function 4> = 4>(r), we may have to specify the derivatives of cb in all possibie directions at thElt point. Fortunately, however, this is not necessary. It turns out, as we shali sce, that all that is necessary is to give the derivatives of 4> in three indepcnuent directions. These three derivatives are then sufficient to dterminc the variation of <P ifl any ether diredicn. Thus to ~pecify

ds == dse
a small increment in r in some direction e. Hereafter we adopt the notation ds for dr so as to avoid confusion between Idrl and dr = d Ir!. which are not the same. With this notation

Idtl == Idsl
We observe that

== ds


= (dx, ely, dz) = dxi + dyj + dzk

ds is given by
(2.44 )

(See Fig. 2.30.) The change in ~ over the directed distance

dt/> =

o~ - dx


o~ o~ + -oy dy + -oz dz

Recalling that the scalar product of two vectors is the sLim

the products


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of their corresponding components. we rewrite Eq. (f44) as

dcp = (acp i ax ax


acp j



k) . (dxi + . ds


+ dzk)

acp . acp . at/J) = ( -I+-J+-k ay

where hI> h 2 ha may be referred to as scale factors. These factors may vary from point to point; in other words they are. in general, functions of position. They can be determined in terms of ql, q2' q3' This is shown in Section 2.45 where further details are given. We may now write Eq. (2.47) as


dt/J = = =

.!. ot/J hi dql + 1. at/J hi dql + !. at/J ha dq3

hi Oql _hi oql
ha aqa'

Dividing Eq. (2.45) by ds we obtain


= (acp i + at/J j + ot/J k) .ds

ax oy


.!. at/J l5s1 + .!.. ot/J

hi aql hi OQl


hi aq,
h z aql


+ 1. ot/J bS 3
ha aqs

= (at/J i


+ at/J j + ot/J k) .e
oy oz


(1. at/J e + .!.. ot/J ez + .!. :ot/J es )

ha 0'13

(!5s l e l

!5s ze z + oSse 3 ) (2.48)

We thus see that the directional derivative of t/J(r) in any chosen direction is equal to the component in that direction of a particurar vector. The components of that vector are the partial derivatives of t/J with respect to distances along the three coordinate axes (see Fig. 2.30). We arrive at the same conclusions if instead of Cartesians we choose any orthogonal, curvilinear coordinates. To see this, let us denote a point P i,l space by a set of orthogonal, curvilinear coordinates ql> qz, qs (see Section 2.17). Then the scalar function of position t/J is expressed as t/J = t/J(r) = t/J(q1> qa. q3) Note that qh q2, qa are coordinates and are not necessarily the components of r. As before, let ds = dse denote a differential increment in r in some direction e from the point P. If dq1> dq2, dq3 are the corr~sponding increments in the coordinates, the differential increment de/> over the divided distance ds is given by (2.47) The partial derivatives appearing in Eq. (2.47) are not derivatives with respect to distances. Also, dq1> dql' dqs are not components of ds. To express Eq. (2.47) in aform similar to Eq. (2.45), we proceed as follows. Let S1> S2. Sa denote distances measured from P along the ql' qz, qs curves respectively. Let OSlo !5s., bs, denote the distances along ql' qz, q3 curves corresponding to the increment's dql' dql, dq3' Let us say that the dq's and the !5s's are related as follows

where e1 ea. e a are the unit 'leCtors at P in the directions of the coordinates ql. qa, qa (See Section 2.17 an.d Fig. 2.21). Now since I5S1> bs 2 !5s s are differential lengths along the ql, qz, q3 curves, we have ds = !5s1e l

+ bsze z + oSSe 3
ez +


By using this relation, Eq. (2.48) may be rewritten as

dt/J =

(.!. ot/J

hi aql


+ 1. ot/J

hI aq,

.!.. acb

h3 aq3

e3 )



which has the same form as Eq. (2.46). Dividing Eq. (2.50) by ds we obtain the spatial'derivative of t/J in the direction e as'

(2.51 )

We thus see that to every scalar function of position there corresponds at each poin~ a particular vector which determines at that point the spatial variation of the scalar function. We call such a vector the gradient of the function and denote it by the word grad. With this notation Eq. (2.50) can be put in the form (2.52) dcp = grad cp ds and (2.51) in the form
d cp = grad cp f ds

bS I = hi dql bS a = hI dqz bS 3


== h. dqa

The gradient is then.defined by stating that in any orthogonal, curl'ilinear


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coordinate system the components of the gradient of a scalar function of position are simply the partial derivatives of the function with respect to distances in the directions of the respective coordinate axes. Symbolically, we write
grad t/> _ (at/> e l

+ at/> ~ + at/> ~)
as. ass

but the field of the gradient of the scalar function in question. With this field interpretation, an interesting result follows from Eq. (2.53). Consider any level surface ofthe scalar field t/>(r). By definition", is a constant on such a surface. That is, at any point on a level surface

(1. at/>

hi Qql


+ 1. at/> ~ + 1. at/>
h. oq.

hi oqa



dt/> -0 ds
for every direction lying in the surface. Then from Eq. that

(i. 53)

it follows

The components of grad t/> in Cartesians are given by

at/> at/> at/>

ox' oy' 0%
in cylindrical coordinates r, 8,


at/> lot/> at/> ar '; a8 '


and in spherical coordinates r, 8,


by q, =constant

at/> 1 at/> 1 at/> or ' ; 08 ' r sin () aqJ

Further significance of a gradient can be gathered from Eq. (2.53). If, at any point, the components ofgrad t/> are constructed in different directions, the component that is numerically the greatest will be in the direction of the gradient itself and will be of the same magnitude as that of the gradient. This means (from Eq. 2.53) the greatest value of the derivative dt/>Ids at a given point occurs in the direction of grad t/> and equals the magnitude of the gradient. Conversely, we may state that at any point the gradient of a scalar function of po~ition t/>, is equal in magnitude and direction to the greatest derivative of t/> with respect to distance at that point. In general, the gradient ofa scalar function of position varies from point to point of the region of space in which the function is defined. Thus. to every scalar function of position t/>(r) there corresp<;mds a certain vector function of position. grad t/>(r), which describes the spatial variation of rP at all points of the space concerned. ' Since a scalar function of position describes a scalar field, the concept of a gradient is directly applicable to a scalar field. Thus the spatial variation of a scalar field is given by a certain vector field, which is nothing
Although for convenience we use the representation given in the top line of (2.54), we always mean by that lhe repre~litaticn given in the lower line of (2.54).

Fla. 2.31 Level surface.

when e lies in a level surface. Since a vector has no component in a direction normal to itself, we conclude that grad t/> at any point is normal to the lhel surface passing throQ'gh tha, point (Fig. 2.31). If we m~p the scalar field t/> by means of its level surfaces and draw at the. same time the field lines of grad t/>, we find that the field lines. intersect the level surfaces orthogonally. We have defined here the gradient by means of a differential operation. A definition of the gradient by means of an integral operation will be given in Section 2.31.

2.25 Differentiation of a Vector Function of a Vector

Consider a vector function of position A = A(r). Here again the independent variable is a vector. Therefore, when we speak a~o~t the spatia! variation of A, we must say in which direction that vanatlon IS constructed. To see what is required to describe completely the spatial rate


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of change at any point of the vector function A(r), let us choose Cartesians and write A(r) == A) + A.j + A.k As before, let ds == dse be a differential increment in r in some direction e. Let dA be the differential increment in A over the directed distance ds, and let dA",. dAw. and dJlf. be the corresponding increments in the scalar components of A. We therefore write (2.55) dA = dA) + dA.J + dA)I Since A." Av. A. are scalar functions of position, according to Eq. (2.52), the increments dA,., etc., are given by

If instead of Cartesians we choose a system of orthogonal, curvilinear coordinates, we would arrive at the same conclusion. In this case, however, the elements of the tensor describing the spatial variation of A(r) are not simply the partial derivatives of the components of A with respect to distances along the coordinate axes. They now include additional terms that arise due to the fact that the directions of the reference unit vectors change with change of position. To see this, we choose some orthogonal, curvilinear coordinates"!t> q., q. and express A(r) as A(r) == Aiel + A.el + A.e.
wnere elt el, e. are' the reference unit vectors associated with the point r andA It AI' A. are the components of A with respect to the system e l. et, e,. The compOnents and the unit vectors .are functions of position. The differential increment in~A over a directed distance tis == dse is then given by dA - {(dAI)e1

== ds grad A,


where the subscript z, y, or z. By using (2.~6), Eq. (2.55) may be rewritten as dA = (tis. grad A~)i

+ (tis. grad A.,)j + (ds grad A.)k


+ (dAJe. + (dA.)e.} + {AI(del ) + A.(de,J + A.(de,J}


Dividing this equation by ds we obtain, in Cartesians, the derivative of A with respect to distance in any direction eas
dA = (c. grad A.,)i ds

where dA I , etc., are the changes in the components over the distance cis, and del' etc., are the corresponding changes in the unit vectors. Now, as before, we can write (dAI)el

+ (e. grad A.)j + (e grad A.)k


+ (dAJe. + (dA.)e.
== (tis grad AI)e1

Equations (2.51) and 0.58) show that to determine the sPatial variation of A(r) in any direction from a given point, we need to kn~w at that point a set of three vectors associated with 4., namely the gradients of A. z' A A v' '" Equivalently we need to know a set of nine numbers that constitute these three vectors. In Cartesians, the set of nine numbers is given by the array

+ (tis grad AJe. + (tis grad A,)e.

+ (cis XJe.+ (tis XJe.


After evaluating del' etc., (see Section 2.45) it is possible to ..-rite AI(deJ

+ A.(de,J + A.(de,J
.. (tis. Xl)el (2.61)

eM,. aA,. oA.,.

ax oA. ox. oA. ox



oy az oA. oA.. oy oz

~ ~

where Xi, X., X. are vectors. involving AI' A., A. and components of the vectors del' de., and de~. Verify this for cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Combining the relations (2.60) and (2.61) and introducing the notation

== grad Al + Xl

+ X2 WI == grad As + X,
W t := grad A2

The elements of the array are the various partial derivatives of the components of A with respect to distances along the X, Y. Z axes. The elements obey the same rules. as the elements of whai is known as a second-order tensor. We may, therefore, describe the array of nine numbers as a second-order tensor and state that the spatial variation of A(r) is specified completely by a second-order tensor. .

equation (2.5 0 ) may be or, dividing by ds, as



dA = (ds WI)e l

+ (ds Wz)e;! + (ds W,)e,

dA - = (e W1)eI + (e W 2 )e2 + (e Wa)ea




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where e is the direction of tis. Thus we see tnat in any orthogonal, curvilinear, coordinate system the spatial variation at any point of A(r) is given by three vectors or by a second order tensor. As seen from relation (2.62), the elements of the tensor are not simply the partial derivatives of the components of A with respect to distances along the coordinate axes. The tensor that specifies completely the spatial variation of A(r) is known as the tensor ~radient of A, usually denoted by the symbol grad A. We thus have (2.65)

This tensor is usually known as the 'rotation of A. As seen, it is antisymmetrical about the diagonal formed by the elements that are zero. The strain of A, being symmetr:ic, actually contains six independent elements. The rotation of A, being antisymmetric, actually cont~ins three independent elements. In other words, the rotation of A is actually specified by a set of three numbers. This set of three numbers, as may be verified, obeys the same rules as a set specifying a vector. This means the rotation of A, although it is a second-order antisymmetric tensor, oan be represented by a vector. Denoting ~uch a vector by B, its components in the directions of the reference unit vectors el' e a, e l are given by e l B = I(WII

Wu )

where the element ~; (i andj may take any of the values 1,2, or 3) denotes the jth component (i.e., m the, direction of e;l of the vector WI' again i being I, 2, or 3. The vectors etc., are defined by the relation (2.62), In general, the tensor gradient varies from point to point. Hence we say that the spatial variation of a veetor field is given by a tensor field. In the vector description of physical problems~ we are not directly concerned with the complete tensor gradient of A(r). Only certain combinations of the elements of the tensor are significant. Three such combinations are particularly important. One of them is ~ scalar quantity obtained by summing the diagonal terms Wu , W n and Was. This sum is known as the divergence of A and is denoted by div A. We thus have

ez ' B


I(Wl l


e. B = l(WIi - Wu ) For reasons that will become evident later, a vector equal to 2B is known as the curl of A denoted by curl A. The physical significance of the names divergence, rotation, and curt will become apparent later on when we shall define divergence and curl of a vector by means of certain integral Qperations. For the significance of the name strain, reference may be made to Section 9.1. The reader n!ay verify that in Cartesians the follo,wing results are obtained:

div A = Wu



The other two combinations are second-order tensors. One of them is given by the array

2 oA,!

strain of A = -

oA", oy

+ oA.
ox oy

oA", oz oA. OZ

+ oA.

+ +



2Wu Wu Wu



loA. 2 ox oA. ox.

oAr +-. oy OZ

2 oA.

+ oA.


+ oA",

oA. oy

+ oA.

2 oA. OZ

This tensor is usually known as .the strain of A. As seen, it is symmetrical about the diagonal formed by the elements Wao W 22 , and Wu. The other second-order tensor is given by the array

curl A =


ox oy

Rotation of A is simply

A", A. A.

1 curl A.

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Consider the expression (2.54) for the .gradient of #,r) in any orthogonal, cllrvilinear, coordinate system: grad

t/> - e1 ~aa + e. at/> + e. at/>




This expression may be rewritten as

This means to

'a a -a t/>= ( ela + e'-a + e. a ) t/> -SI s. s. obtain the gradient of t/> we operate on t/> by the

In carrying out these operations in coordinate systems other than the Cartesians, we should take proper account of the fact that the system of reference units el , e t , e. 'changes with change of position. It may be verified that in Cartesians we obtain the .following results:


V A _ oA", + oA. + oAr. Ox 011 0%


+ e.. os. + e.OSI os,



This is a vedor differential operator and is usually denoted b)' the symbol V, called del. We thus define




V .== el - 0


+' e- + e.-a a a




1 a 1 a + e.-- +-hi Oql . h. aq. 1 0


.A", A. A.
(2.66) These results are identical, respectively, with the divergence and curl of the vector A (see Section 2.25). Thus it is usual to set V.A and V x A defined as


The expression for e.:t'in Cartesians is

== divA == curl A

(2.69) (2.70)

V _,I.!
in cylindrical coordinates r, 0,
r % is


+ J1. + j! oy a%

Tile Operator B V. If B is any vector. an operator B. V can be

o 1a a V=e -+e,--+ear ao 0%
and in spherical coordinatesr, 0, pis

B . V == (el BI + e.B. + e.B.) . ( el .i. +


e .i.

+ e3.i.)

010 V == er - + e,-ar r 00

1 a + e.--r sin 0 ap

a 0 0 == Bl - + B,- +, as.




TluOperators V tUUl V x. Since deLis a vector operator, the operators V. and V x may be introduced and applied on any vector field. If A(r) is any vector field, the scalar product V A and the vector product V x A are formed as follows:

It is seen that B V is a scalar differential operator. ,In Cartesians we have

-~+B .BV=B'" ox 1.+B! oy , oz

Applying the operator to a scalar function #.,r) we have

V A = (el


0 + a + e. -a (e AI + e.A, + e.A.) 0)




Recall that although for convenience we use the representation in the top line of (2.66), we always mean by that the. representation in the lower line of (2.66).


Applying it to a vector function A(r) we have

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(B. V)A


(Bl ,:>0+ B, ,:>0 + B. ,:>0_ '(Aiel + Aat, + AA)

tlSI tiS, tlsJ.


In carrying out the operation, account must be taken of the tact that the unit vectors el , e t , e. change with change of position. Of particular significance, are the operators V and e V, where ds == dse is, at any given point, a small increment in some direction e of the pOsition vector r .. We recall [see Eq. (2.52)] that the differential change in a function t/>(r) over the directed distance tis ftom a given point is given by


with respect to distance)in the direction e. In applying Eqs. (2_76) and (2.77) to coordinate systems other than .Ca~sians we should take note of the fact that the reference unit vectors change with c~ange of position. . The utility of the operator V lies in the fact that in working out problems we can treat V formally as a vector and apply to it the rules of vector al~ebra and calculus. In doing this, however, we should bear in mind that V is an oper-ator and not an actual vector. Therefore, in the formal application of vector rules to V, it is necessary. to preserve the order in which del appears with respect to the otJ:!er factors involved. For instance, even though A B = B "A, the operation V A is not equal to the operator A V. 2.27 Integration of Vector Function of Scalar

dt/> == ds grad t/>

This may be rewritten as

dt/> == (ds grad)t/>

.== (ds V)t/>


If a vector A is a function of a scalar variable t, we can form the so-called indefinite integral

This means that the o~rator ds V, when applied to a scalar function t/>(r), yields the differential chan,ge in t/> over the distance ds. Similarly, we have

A(t) dt_


dt/> == (e. V)t/> ds


showing that the operator e . V when applied to t/>(r) yields the derivative of t/> with respect to distance in the direction e. Consider now the expression (2.57) we have obtained, in Cartesians, for the change dA in the function A(r) over the directed distance ds = dse from a given point. We have . dA

in the same. manner as is done in scalar integration (i.e., integration of a ~calar function of a scalar variable). The result of the integration (2.7.8) IS another vector function of the scalar t and is determined to within an additive crostant which, in general, is a vector. We thus write

fAct) dt =
It follows that




(ds grad AJi

+ (ds. grad Aw)l + (ds grad A.)k


== A(t)

This may be rewritten (noting that i, j, k are fixed directions) as dA

== (ds grad)(A) + (ds grad)(AJ) + (ds grad)(A.k)

= (ds grad)(A)

If the variable t changes ~ntinuously from a particular value I to another particular value .t~, the integral 1

+ Awj + A.k)

= (ds grad)A = (ds. V)A


A(t) dr


is the definite integral of A between the limits 11 and I,. 2.28 Uoe Integrals: Circulation Consider a scalar function of position t/> = t/>(r) and the field 'described by it. In such. a field let'" r:epresent a space curve drawn from point a to another pomt b. We asSign a direction to the curve as that of travel along the curve from a to b. Let r denote the position from some origin' of a point P on the curve and ds an element of length along the curve froln

This means the operator ds V when applied to a vector function A(r) yields,just as wher applied to a scalar function t/>(r), the differential change in A over the directed distance ds. Similarly, it can be seen that dA -=(eV)A ds

showing that the operator e V applied tC' A(r) yields the derivative of A


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the point P (sec Fig. 2.32). If e, is a unit vector tangential to the curve at the point P, we have tis == dse,. The integral

or, equivalently,

f f

c/>(r) d.

of the integral (2.79) depends only on the endpoints and, becomes independent of the path that joins them. We shall look into those conditions later. We note that another line integral or A(r) may be formed as follows: fA(r) )( d. or fbA(r( e. ds

c/>(r)e, ds The result of this integral is a vector.

Circulation. Line integrals of the type des~ribed above may be formed around closed curves. Of particular interest is the integral

taken along the curve ~ is called the line integral of t/> along the path ~. The value. of this integral is a vector.

fA. ds or

fA. e,d, or

fA. cos at ds

around a closed space curve~. Such an integral is known as the circulation of the vector A ~round the curve~. In general, the value of the circulation is nonzero and depends on the function A(r) aDd the closed curve~. In certain circumstances, however, the circulation vanishes and becomes independent of the curve. We shall look into these details later ..
2.29 Surface Integrals

Fic. 1.31 Line integral.

Consider an open surface S drawn in the field described by a scalar function of position c/>(r). Let the surface be divided into a number 0.( infinitesimal elements. Each of the su.face elements may be considered as a plane area and denoted as a vector

ConMter now a vector runctlon of position A(r). I(~ is a.spaec curve as before, we-:can form the ~ine integral

== odS

'c'A. ds 1.


fA. e, ds


along the curve ~ between the given endpoints (sec Fig. 2.32). th.e integral is simply the, integral along ~ of the component of A tangential to the curve_ 1f, as shown in tile figure, at is the angle between e, and A. the integral (2.79) may bewrittelJ as

o is a unit vector normal to tlfe surface element (sec Fig. 2.33). The unit vcC"+or 0 is drawn arbitrarily from one side or the other of the surface S. If, however~ a direction of travel is first assigned along the boundary curve ~ of the surface, the direction of 0 is chosen according to the right,. hand rule with respect to the direction of travel along~. Using these notationsweform the integral


t/>(r) dS



t/>(r)o ds

fb A cos



'where A is the magnitude of A. The result ~f integral is a scalar. In general, this line integral, like any other hne ~nte~ral, d~pends on the 'function A(r) the path 'alol1g which the integration IS camedout and 011 the endpoint; of the path. Under certain conditions. however, the value

over the entire surface S. Such an integral is called the surface integral of t/> over the'surface S. The result of the integral is a vector. Consider next a vector funqtion of position A(r) and let S be an open surface drawn in its field. Then the integral


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taken over the surface S is called the surface integral of A over the surface S. Since A 0 is the component of A in the direction of the normal to the surface element (see Fig. 2.33). the integral (2.80) is simply the surface integral of this component. The value of the integral is thus a scalar. The quantity A dS or A 0 dS is usually callt"d the outflow of vector A through the surface element dS. By outflow of A we me- .t the flow of A

ff~ dS


ff~n dS


The result of this integral is a vector.


FII. 2.33 Surface integral.

FII. l.34 Integral over a closed surface.

into the region that contains the normal to dS. This is the case when the component A 0 is positive. With this interpretation, the surface integra! (2.80). is called the outflow of vector A through the surface S .. Since A 0 may be positive at some points and negative at other points of the surface S, by outflow of A through S we mean actually the net outflow of A . . For the vector field A(r}, w.e can form another surface integral expressed by

For a vector field A = A(r), we have two integrals .. On.e of'them is



fj A.odS

the result of which is a scalar. The other integral is


A(r} x dS




Ax dS or


A x



A(r) x odS

the result of which is a vector. The three integrals (2.81), (2.82), and (2.83) appear frequently in.the analysis of physical problems. The int~gral (2.82) is called the outflow of A through the surface S. It actually gtves the net outflow of A through S from the region enclosed by S.

The result of such an integral is a vector. Surface integrals of the type described above may be formed also with closed surfaces. As shown in Fig. 2.34, let S bea closed surface and, as before, let dS = 0 dS denote an element of S. For a closed surface, we shall always draw the normal so /IS to point outward from the region enclosed by the surface and refer to it as the outward normal. Using this convention we form the following surface integrals.

2.30 Volume Integrals

Consider a regi~n of spa~e.1I in. the field of a scalar function of position ep(r}. Let the regIOn be dlvlced IOto a number of infinitesimal volume


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elements of magnitude dT. Then the integral


To see, the significance of the vcctor U, we ~k at the point P the component of U in some direction e. We have


u e-lim 1. Jt4>(D e) dS
.'''04T Jj' , AS


taken throughout the volume 91 is known as the volume integral of cP over the region 91. The result of the integral is a sCalar. Similarly, if 91 is a region of space in the field of a vector function of position A(r), the integral

since e is ~ given direction. The right side 'of Eq. (2.85) is evaluated as follows. Sancethe shape of the volume element dT is arbitrary, we set it



is known as the volume integral of A over the region fJI. The result of such an integral is a vector. In subsequent chapters we will find many examples of the line, surface, and volume integrals introduced in the preceding tJtree sections. There are certain transformation relations that enable us to convert these integrals into one another. These relations follow directly from the integral definitions of gradient, divergence. r.lld curl that will be given in the following section's:, The operations involved in those definitions are the ones that usually arise in the setting up of physical problems. 1.31 IDtegral DefiDitiOD ofthe GradieDt Consider a point P in a scalar field described by cp = 4>(r). Surround the point by a small closed surface dS. ,Let dT be the volume enclosed by dS (see Fig. 2.35). The shape or the volume element is arbitrary. If dS = D dS is an elemental area on the surface dS (D, according to our convention, is the outward normal), the quantity cpa dS is a vcctor at the element dS of magnitude t/J dSpointing in the direction D. We form the integral

FI8. 2..15 Illustrating the integral definilion of a gradient.

up at ~he point P as a cylinder with axis along e, base du, and length 6.s (see Fig. 2.36). Then fonhe cylinder we hav'!' jfc/>{D. e) dS



c/>{D e) dS


4>(0. e) dS


4>(D e) dS (2.86)

divide it by the volume dT and take the limit of the resulting ratio for vanishing dT. This limit, when it exists, represents a certain vector associated with the point P. The vector, as obtained, is derived from the scalar functio.n c/>(rj. Denoting this, vector tentatively by U we write U = Jim.! i=(t/Jo dS Ar-O dTlf



race 1

ral:e I

Since, at every point of the cylinder wall D is normal to e, n vanishes on the wall,. and consequentJy

(2.84) On the face I,




tp(n e) ds = 0


= -:-e. We assume that cp is uniform OVf'r the face and is




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equal to the value of t/> at the point

P, that is, at r. We then have


face 1

== lim ..!... d</J AT



e) dS = - t/>(r) Au


On facc 2, n == e and assume that t/>(r

t/> is uniform over the racc with the value


(2.92) . This s~ow~ that ~he vector at !he point P is such that its component any. duc:ctlon e gIves th~ derIvative at P of t/> with respect to distance in that dlrec:tJon. Such a vector has been named previously the gradient of t/> (see S~ctlon 2.24). Ther.efore we identify grad t/> with U and give the followmg integral definition:

+ Ase) =

+ dt/> As




t/> == lim 1.. t( t/>o d.f:

A, ..



In closing this section we draw attention to the fact that small like AT (see Eq. 2.91);


t( t/>n dS

. IS

2.32 Divergence of a Vector Field

Consider next a vector field A == A(r). Let P be a point in that field and let tlS be a small .closed .surface surrounding the point and enclosing a volu~e AT (see ~Ig. 2.37). As explained before (see Section 2.29), the quantIty A 0 dS IS the outflow of A through the elemental area 0 dS of

Fit. 2.36 Volume element to compute the gradient.

where dt/>/ds is the derivati.e at P of t/> with respect to distance in the direction e. In relation (2.89) terms involving higher derivatives are neglected. This and the assumption of uniformity of t/> over the faces are permissible in view of the ensuing limit .Jperation. Using (2.89) we obtain


<$(0' e) dS = t/>{r) Au

+ ~~ As Au



By using relations (2.87), (2.88), ~nd (2.90), Eq. (2.86) may ..... -..duced to



j:( <$(0' e) dS == d<$ As Au


d<$ ==-AT ds

Fig.2.37 Illustrating the integral definition of divergen~e.

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A. D dS is the net outflow ()f vector A tMough the

. !a dS we observe that the limit of this

M ~ surf~ I1S. Forming (1/I1T)lJ'


ratio for I1T - 0

is the lIel OlitflOW at P of A per unit volume of the regi".

enclosing the point. In other words, ~he limit denotes simply the divergence
of thevcctor A from the point considered. Accordingly, sUch a limit is

called. the divergence of the vector field A and denoted by div A. We thus
define div A l!i lim
. .. 0

..!..,4t .... dS
IlT If


To obtain the .expression for the divergence in any orthogo~, curvi linear coordinate system, we carry out, clioosingsuitably thcvolume element I1T, the operation shown on the right . . ofEq. (i94). In this way we obtain the following results (1) in Cartesians %,:y, ~ div A _

aA~ + aA. + iA.

(2) in cylindrical coordmates

r,. 8,





a 1 a.4. . iM. divA---('~)+-- + , ar , atJ ih


Fig.2.38 Curl of velocity as twice the angular velocity.

an angular velocity w. According to Eq.(2.~), we have

{3) .in sl:'beric:al coordinates r, 8, rp

A(r) = V(r) = w x r

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.!.! (,1..4,.) + ~ ..!{.4. iin 6) + _1_ a.4.

r' a,

r sin 8 a6

. r sin 8'arp


Then the vector B associated with V is given by


c.t of . v__


lim .!. Ie V ",-0 t17 It'


X 0


The divergence operation, as seen abQve, derives a scalar from a vector. We can define, .in an ana1ogous manner, an operation that Will derive a vector from a veCtor, To 40 this, we consider,as before (see Fig. 2.~7),. point P in a vector .field A(I') and form the Iimlt

= lim.!.

~7 It'

If (w

x r) x



(see Fig. 2.38.) Since

(w x r) ~ 0 = (0' w)r - (0 r)w

lim - 1 o I1T



A )(;.dS




may be written as
B = lim

The result of this limit is a vector~ whiCh we shall denote tentatively by the . TQ see the physical .~igr.ificance of the vector B we choose the vector A i.-.the limit (2.98) to be the velocity field V(r) of a rigid body rotating with


J..:. Ie [(0' w)r ~ (0' r)w] dS.



To evaluate the integral in Eq. (2.100) we proceed as follows. At the point

P we choose

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.aT as a circular cyhnder with its axis parallel to w, its base

!l.q equal to 1J'a' and its length equaJ to !l.s (see Fig. 2.39). We may then '; write Eq. 2.1(0) as

Now, on the wall of the cylinder n is normal to w. Therefore o w vanishes on the wall of the cylinder and we have


A~i~ ~T{ ",it(o' w)r ~.ff


(0' w)r dS



(0' w)r dS == 0


(0' w)r dS

On the face I, 0,' w is equal to -w, and on the f~ 2"it is equal to w. Therefore we obtain

To evaluate the various integrals in Eq. (2.101) we assume (which is permissible in view of the ensuing limit) ,that ' r on face I is uniform and eq~1 to, r at P which we denote by r(P); r on face 2 is uniform and equal to rep) + !l.seGl , the value ofr at the center of that face. Here e", is a unit vector in the direction of w; r on the wall of the cylinder is uniform and equal to r(P) + a.

(D' w)r dS


(D' w)r dS

lace 1

Ia.ce 2

= -wr(P)!l.u

+ w[r(P) + ~se",] ~u

= w !l.s'!l.u
= W!l.T

since t::.T = t::.s':\u is the volume of the cylinder. Next we observe that


n r dS ==

II ~ . == r~) II


+ a) dS +

a dS


a :a dS





a dS is zero. Further, we have




_- ----_Ii

--- ----


If d~=
1'rQ 2)



= 2(


= 2t::.aAs = ,)Il.

Therefore Eq, (2,102c) bcc(1f;Jcs

FJc. 1.3f Volume ~IelDeDt to compute the curl ohelcx:ity.

If ,~ .

r dS =



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fin . r dS over the face 1 and 2 we have


face 1

o r dS


o r dS == -e.. r(P)ds
==dsdu ==dT

+ e", . [r(P) + e


ds] du

face I

curl A in any direction e. This task at tbe same time establishes a relation between the curl of a vector field and the circulation of the vector field. Such a relation, as we shall learn, is of great importance in the study of many aspects of fluid motion. 2.34 Component of Curl as CircaladOn Consider a point P in a vector field A(r), and let e denote a unit vector at P in some direction. Associated with A'there is a vector curl A at the point P (see Fig. 2.40). We seek the component of A in the direction e.

Using Eqs. (2:102), Eq. (101) may be reduced to


== lim
A' .... O


..!.. {w dl" - w[2dT

+ dTl}

== -2w -B-2w
In terms of Eq. (2.99), since V x



x V, we have

A, .... odT

lim..!.. I( 0 x V dS == -B == 2w

It' AS

This shows that for the velocity field V(r) of a rigid body rotating with the angular velocity w, the limit in Eq. (2.104) derives a vector, namely -B, whic~ is simply equal to twice the angular velocity or the rotation associated with V(r). For this reason. we speak of the derived vector, - B. as the curl or the rotation ofV. Extending this no~ion, the limit in Eq. (2.104) for any vectot field A(r) is called the curl of A (or rotation of A) and denoted by curiA (or rot A). Thus we define curl A == lim..!.. Ie 0 x A dS A, .... odT It'

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Using the definition (2.105), We have

e curl A - lim ..!.. Ie e 0 A, .... odT Jj'



A dS


since e is a given vector. Noting that

e 0 x A
(2.105) Eq. (2.106) may be written as e curl A

== A e x D

or curl A ==lim..!.. A, .... odT It'


Ie -

A x odS

= lim A, ....



A e x



When we are dealillg with the velocity field of a rigid body, or of a deformable body such as a fluid or a solid, the curl of the velocity field is known as the vortex vector or the vorticity. In the general motion of a deformable body, the curl of the velocity at any point is equal to twice the angular velocity at that point (see Sections 9.Iand 9.2). To derive the expressions for curl A in any orthogonal, ('~rvilinear coordinate system, we choose the volume element dT suitably md carry out the limit spe(..ified in Eq. (2. t05). To express curl A in a ~ iven coordinate system means giving the components--of curl A in the direl.(ions of the three reference unit vectors. We shall now obtain the component of

To evaluate the integral in Eq. (2.107) we choose the volume element dT as a cylinder with its axis parallel to e, its base equal to du, and its height equal to 6.h (see Fig. 2.41). Then we have


A e x ntiS =


A e x n dS


A e

n dS


A e

n as (2.108)




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Since the normals on the faces 1 and 2 are parallel t~ e, the product X D v~nishes on these faces; conseqtJently the integrals in Eq. (2.108) over the faces also vanish. To evalWl.te the remaining integral over the wall, we introduce h the distance measured along e, and s the distance measured along C., the curve of intersection of the cylinder with the plane

~ A e x D dS 48

Ah fA. e, ds


Using Eq. (2.110) with Eq. (2.107) we obtain

e curl A == lim Ah,( A e, ds 4,--0 AT 1 0

Since AT = Ah A(1, this takes the form

e curl A == lim

. oV--o A(1


10. A e. ds



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normal to e. The direction along the curve C. is assigned according to the rule of right-hand rotation about e (see Fig. 2.41). We then have

~ A e x n dS =


A ex .. dS
Fig. 2.42 Component of curl as the limit of circulation.


We observe that e x n does not change with h and is equal to a unit vector e, ip the direction of curve C. at the point under consider tinn. We further assume (which is permissible in view of the ensuing limit) that at a given s the vector A is uniform over the height ~h and is equal to the

A . e. ds is the circulation of A around curve C" we see c, that Eq. (2.111) gives the component of curl A in terms of the circulation of A around a certain curve. Equation (2.11'1) is an alternatil'e definition for curl A. It states that curl A is a vector whose component in any direction e at the point P is equal to .the limit of the circulation per unit area 0/ A around a small curve enclosing P and lying in the plane e (see Fig. 2.42). Recalling that


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The direction of integration of A around the curve is according to the rule of right-hand rotation about the given direction e. Using Eq. (2.111 )we can obtain in any orthogonal, curvilinear coordinate system the expression for curl A. In Cartesians x, y, z we have j

1. ..A: c/>D dS


div A (2.112) curl A

= 1...A: A 0 dS


curl A ==

a a

ox oy 0% A" A. A,

~ 1. ..A: -A



In cylindrical coordinates r, (J,

% we

curl A


where now !:is denotes the surface of the differential element dT. Equivalently (2.116), (2.117), and (2.118) may also be expressed in the forms: e'l (2.113)
d1' grad c/>.==

== -

r or

a a .1

0% Ar rA, A,


In spherical coordinates r, (J, qJ we have er curiA 1 == - - -


r sin (Je~ oqJ


fj c/>o dS dT div A = fj A dS d'T curl A == fj -A x dS


(2.116a) (2.117a) (2.118a)


0 rl sin 8 or


Ar rA, r sin 8A~

1.35 Some Related Remarks

1. The expressions for grad c/>, div A and curl A in Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates show that in terms of the differential operator V we have grad c/> = Vc/> div A == VA and curl A == V x A
2. Using the operator V, the integral definitions (2.93). (2.94), arid (2.105) for the gradient, divergence, and curl, respectively, may all be grouped in the form

The approximation implied in (2.116), (2.117), and (2.118) may be made as close as we please, !>ince dT may be taken as small as we please. 4. Consider a surface element 0 !:is in a vector field A(r). Let en denote the boundary curve of the surface element, and let ds denote a differential element of the Curl A curve. The direction of ds is that of righthand rotation about n (see Fig. 2.43). According to' the integral definition (2.111) for curl a A, we have

o curl A == hm


J.. ,(

Y A ds



If the surface element n dS is taken equal to n uS, a differential surface element, Eq. (2.119) can be written in the approximate form
n curl A =

= lim

J_..A:( :. !:iT 11'





-A x

dS .Je.



A ds

(2. L20)
Fig. 2.43 Outflow of curl' thr0ugh a surface element is equal tu the cin;uiJ tion around its boundary.

or in the form

3. If the volume element in Eqs. (2.93), (2.94), and (2.105) defining the gra -tient, divergence, and curl is taken equal to dT, a differential 'volume


Ads (2.120a)

... en


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l: ... co


The approximation implied in Eqs. (2.120) may be made as close as we please, since dS may be taken as small as possible. 2.36

between Surface and Volume Integrals

The integral definitions of grad q" div A, and curl A give rise to some important relations between surface and volume integrals that occur frequently in the analysis of scalar and vector fields. We'shall now derive these relations. Let us first consider a scalar field q,(r). In this field let 91 denote the volume of a finite region of space enclosed by a closed surface S, Subdivide 91 into a number of small volume elements. Let the volume of element k be denoted by aT" and its surface by 6.S". Then, fcr the clement OT", according to Eq. (2.116a), we have



grad q,'dT


With the relations (2.123) and (2.124) Eq. (2.122) becomes


q,n dS =


grad q, dT



rP o" dS" = (grad q,)" OTI;


which gi:ves a relation between surface and volume integrals in a scalar field. Equation (2.125) is sometimes called the gradient theorem. . Consider next a vector field A(r) and, as before, let S be a closed surface enclosing a finite region of space, denoted by 91. Using relations (2.117a) and (2.118a), and proceeding on the same lines as above, we arrive at the following relations:

where 0" dS~ is an element of area on the surface 6.S", and (grad <Ph is grad rP taken at an arbitrary point within the element OT". The approximation implied in Eq. (2.121) becomes closer as OT" becomes smaller. We sum the Eq. (2.121) for all elt:ments in the region and proceed to the limit as the number of elements becomes indefinitely large: We thus have (2.122) In carrying out the summation in the left side of Eq. (2.122), we oliserve that on the common surface between any two adjoining elements, the normal for one elemrnt is opposite to that for the other element. ThiS means the sum of the integrals IS 4>0" dS" over [he common surface for the two elements vanishes. In this way, considering all the elements, we will be left for the sum with contributions from only the surface elements that lie on the surface S. This result is independent of the way the region f!l is divided into elements OTk We therefore obtain


if if

A n dS =


div A d


-A x n dS


curl A dT


The relation (2.126) is usually known as the divergence theorem or the theorem of Gauss. It states that the outflow of a veeier field A through a closed surface S is equal to rhe volume integral of the divergence of the vector field over the region enclosed by S. Using the operator V, the integral relations (2.125), (2.126), and (i.127) may be grouped in the form

if ( :.

)ndS =

-A x

III v(.:)'



x A


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1>0 dS


The sum ill the right side of Eq, (2.122) is by definition the integral of

Equation (2.120a) gives rise to a relation between a line integral and a surfa,;e integral in a vector field. Let ~ be a closed curve in a vector field A(r) and let 5 be an arbitrary (in general, curved) surface bounded by the curve (see Fig. 2.44). We assign arbitrariiy one or the other side of th~ surface as the positive side and divide that side of the surface into a largl! number of elements oS" by a network of small curves C". At each element the normal Ok is set up from the positive side of S. A direction of travel along any Ck is chosen according to the rule of right-hand rotatiull about


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the corresponding normal Ok. This procedure also fixes the direction of travel along the curve~. For the surface element Dt tJSk , according to Eq. (2.120a), we have "

jet A dSt = (curl A)k' Ok tJSk


where ds k is a differential length along Ck , a.nd (curl A)k is curl A taken at an aOrbitrary point within the element tJSk The approximation in Eq. (2.129) becomes closer as tJSk becomes smaller.

This is known as Stokes' theorem. It states that the circulQtion of a vector A around a curve ~ is equal to the outflow of curl A through an arbitrary surface S bounded by the curve~. Note that if we consider different surfaces drawn with the same boundary curve, the outftow of curl A js the same through all the surfaces. In terms offtuid ftow, if A represents the velocity field V, curl A becomes the vorticity and Eq. (2.131) states that the circulation around a curve ~ is equal to the out flow of vorticity through an arbitrary surface S bounded by

A simple result tbat follows immediately from Eq. (2.131) is that if we consider a closed surface, the integral taken over the boundary curve vanishes giving


curl A D dS



1.38 Further Operations

It may be recalled .that gradient. divergence, and curl are operations that involve first-order partial derivatives with respect to space. Repeated application of gradient, divergence, and curl lead to expressions that involve spatial derivatives of an orde, higher than the first. We shall now look into those cases th8t involve only the second-order derivatives. Consider first a scalar field r/l{r). Associated w~th ", there is only one first-order differential expression .. namely grad",. Since grad", is a vector field, we can form from it ihe following two second-order differential expressions: div (grad",) or V V", and curl (grad ",) or V)( V ~ Consider n~xta vector field A(r). The first-order differential expressions associated with A are only two, the div A and the curl A. From these we can form the following second-order differential expressions:

Fig. 2.44 Illustrating the theorem of Stokes.

We sum (2.129) for all the elements on the surface S and proceed to the limit as their number becomes indefinitely large. We thus have (2.130) It is easily verified that lim

1, A. dS k 1:-1 Yet


Yet 1,



1, A. ds YW'

grad (div A) or Vrv A)

div (curl A) or V V )( A and curl (curl A) 9r V)( (V )( A)

where ds is an elemental length along "C. The right of Eq. (2.130) is, by definition, the integral of curl A n over the surface S. Therefore Eq. (2.130) becomes

A ds =


1.39 Laplace Operator

In terms of the del operator, for div grad", we can write divgrad ",

curl A . n dS


== V Vt/> = (V V)t/>

134 The operator

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v . V == div grad

is a scalar second-order differential operator. It is known as the Laplace operator or Laplacian and denoted by the symbol VI. We thus have

mathematical physics. Its applications are numerous and may be found in the theory of gravitational fields, fluid mechanics, electrodynamics and optics, and in the theory of differential and integral equatioJls. To derive Green's theorem we start with the divergence theorem, Eq. (2.126):


V. V

== div grad


The expression for the Laplacian in general orthogonal, curvilinear coordinates is given in Section 2.4~ In Cartesians x, y, z it has the form


div A dT =


A n dS

= ox. + oy. + Oz.

Let 'I' = 'I'(r) and 4> = t/>(r) be two scalar functions of position. Form the vector field


grad tP,

== 'I'V4>

In cylindrical coordinates r, (), z it has the form

and substitute it for the vector field A(r) in the divergence theorem (2.126).

VI=~~(r~) +l~+~



rl O()I



We thus have


div(lp grad

4 dT =

~ 11' grad 4>.n dS



In spherical coordinates r, (), rp it has the form VI =

-l-[~(rlsin ()~) + ~(sin ()~) + 0 sin () ~)J ~(_1 0 r2 sin () or or o() o()

The integrand in the left side of Eq. (2.138) may be expanded (2.136) div (11' grad

4 = 11' div grad 4>

+ grad 11"


The Laplacian being a scalar operator may be applied to a vector field, A(r), and \te can speak of VIA. In obtaining the expression for VIA !O an orthogonal, curvilinear, coordinate system, account must be taken of the fact that not only the components 'of A but also the reference unit vectors are functions of position. In Cartesians, since the unit vectors are constant, the components of V2A are simply the Laplacians of the corresponding components of A (i.e., V2A." etc.). This, however, is not true in the case of a general orthogonal, curvilinear system. To avoid any possible misinterpretation, in general, of the components of VIA as the Laplacians of the ~orresponding components, we express VIA in a form involving grad, dlV, and curl only. Such a form is the vector identity

With this, Eq. (2.138) takes the form


('I' div grad 4>

+ grad 11' grad 4

dT =

dT =


'I' grad 4> n dS

or, using the Laplacian, in the form


('I' yl4>

+ grad 'I' grad 4


'I' gra4 4> n dS

Introducing o4>/on to denote the derivative of 4> with respect to distance in the direction of the outward normal n, we have grad 4>. n =

VIA = grad div A - curl (curl A) = V(V A) V )( (V x A) (2.137) This id~ntity may be readily. verified by expansion. in Cartesians or by expandmg V x (V x A) according to the formula for a vector triple product.

04> on

Equation (2.139) therefore may also be written in the form


('I' V I 4>

+ grad 11' grad 4

dT =



:~ dS

2.40 Green's Theorem

Having introduced the Laplacian, we shall now derive another integral relation involving it and known as Green's theorem. Green's theorem occupies an important position in mathematics and in various branches of

Equation (2.139) is known as Green's theorem in the first form. Now, consider the vector function

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and substitute it for the vector A in the divergence theorem (2.126). We thus have


div('P grad t/> - t/> grad, 'P)dT ==


('I' grad t/> - t/> grad ,'1'). n dS

(2.140) The integrand in the I~ft side of Eq. (2.140) may be expanded and shown to be equal to 'I' Vlt/> - t/> VItp Therefore Eq. (2.140) takes the form

identity (2.143) may be demonstrated by working out the differential operation V x Vt/> in any orthogonal, curvilinear coordinate. In particular, the identity is easily verified in Cartesians. Now, suppose that a vector field is such that in certain regions of space its curl vanishes. Then in those regions, on the basis of Eq. (2.143), the vector field may be represented as the gradient of a scalar field. Thus when curl A

== 0

we can write
A=gradt/>' grad t/> - t/> grad '1'). D dS (2.141) ('I' o,

JJJ<'P Vlt/> - t/> VI'P) dT ==


8 8

or, equivalently, the form


Vlt/> - t/> Vltp) dT =



- t/>

0,,) dS on

This equation is known as Green's theorem in the second form .

2.41 Irrotatlooal Field

Let 0 dS be a differential surface element containing a point P in a scalar fieldtMr). Consider the vector field grad ~andapplytoit, at P, Eq. (2.120a). We thus have

DdS curl (grad t/ ==


where t/> == t/>(r) is some scalar field. . If A is known, ~ can be determined from Eq. (2.144), which is a first-order partial differential (vector) equation. When A is not known, an equation for ~ is to be developed from the equations that govern A. In physical problems, replacing an unknown irrotational vector field by an unknown scalar field reduces the number of scalar unknowns from' three to one and consequently introduces some simplification in the analyses of the problems. If the curl of a vector field vanishes in certain regions of space, we say it is an irrotational field in those regions. The scalar field, the gradient of which represents an irrotational vector field, is usually known as a scalar potential or simply a potential. This name results from the fact that the scalar field representing an irrotational force fiel~ is simply (except perhaps for the sign) the potential energy of the force field.

grad t/> ds


2.42 Solenoidal Field

Let d-r be a differential volume element containing a point P in a vector field V = VCr). Consider the vector field curl V and apply to it, at P, Eq. (2.117a). We thus have

where e" is the boundary curve of the surface element 0 tiS. Since grad t/>. ds is equal to d.p, the total differential along e", we have



grad t/> d.


i Yea dt/> =

dT div (curl V)



curl V n dS




is a closed curve. Therefore Eq. (2.142) becomes odS curl (grad~)

where /l.S is the surface of the vrlume element dT. According to Eq. (2.132), the right side of Eq. (2.14:;) is zero. Therefore Eq. (2.145) becomes

Since this equation is true fo" any arbitrary surface eJement.o ds through P, it follows that curl (grad~)

dT div (curl V)




This states that the curl or rotation of any gradient vector is zero. The
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Since this relation is true for any arbitrary volume element dT enclosing P, 'it follows that div (curl V) = 0 (2.146) This states that the divergence of any curl vector is zero. The identity (2.146) may be demonstrated by working out the differential operation V (V x V) in any orthogonal curvilinear coordinates. In particular, it is easily verified in Cartesians.


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Now, suppose that A(r) is a vector field such that in certain regions of space its divergence vanishes. Then in those regions, on 1he basis of Eq. (2.146), A(r) may be represented as tile curl of some other vector field, say B(r). Thus when div A = 0 we can write A = curl B (2.147) In the analysis of physical problems, replacing a divergenceless vector A by curl B leads to certain advantages. A vector field whose divergence is zero is known as a solenoidal field. In analogy with a scalar potential a vector such as B, defined by Eq. (2,147), is known as' a vector potential.

2.44 Poisson's Equation

Let us consider the situation' where the rotation of a vector field A(r) is zero but its divergence is not zero. In fact..,. 'letdiv A be described by a scalar field q(r). We thus have curl A = 0 div A = q(r) We set A = grad </> (2.1S7) thus identically satisfying Eq. (2.1SS). Using Eqs. (2.1S6) and (2.1S7) we obtain (2.1S8) 'VI</> == div grad </> = q(r) as the equation to determine </>(r). Equation (2.158) is an inhoPogeneous Laplace equation. Such an equation is called poisson's equation. Consider next a vector field VCr) whose dinergence is zero but whose rotation is not zero. Let curl V be described by a vector l1eld nCr). Thus V(r) is characterized by the equations divV = 0 curl V = nCr) We set V = curl B (2.161) (2.159) (2.160) (2.1SS) (2.1S6)

2.43 Laplace's Equation

Suppose A(r) is a vector field whose divergence and curl are both zero. We then have div A = 0 (2.148) curl A = 0 (2.149) On the basis of Eq. (2.148) we can represent A as the gradient of a scalar function, say </>(r). Alternatively, on the basis of Eq. (2.149), we may represent A as the curl of a vector function B(r). First let us write A = grad </> (2.1S0) satisfying identically Eq. (2.149). Substituting Eq. (2.1S0) into Eq. (2:148) we have 'VI</> =<'div (grad </ = 0 (2.1SI)

as the equation to determine </>. Such an equation is called lAplace's In stead of setting A equal to grad </>, suppose we write A = curl B (2.1S2)

thus satisfying identically Eq. (2.159). Using Eqs. (2.160) and (2.161) we obtain curl (curl B) = n (2.162) On using the vector identity (2.137) and stipulatinl! that div B is equal to iero, Eq. (2.162) becomes (2.163) This is Poisson's equation governing the vector field B(r). Recalliilg that the Laplacian is a second-order differential expression, the equations of Lap-lace and Poisson are second-order partial differential equations. They govern many physical phenomena, for example, steady .heat conduction, electrostatics, magneto-statics, gravitational fields, flow of an ideal fluid. In many technicalIy interesting problems involving these phenomena, the source term [i.e., q(r) or nCr) in Eq. (2.158) or (2.163) in Poisson's equation] vanishes outside certain limited regions of space. In such a case Poisson's equation holds only inside those regions, whereas Laplace's equation holds outside those regions.

satisfying identically Eq. (2.148). Substituting Eq. (2.IS2) into Eq. (2.1.49) we have curl (curl B) = 0 (2.1S3) According to the vector identity (2.137) curl (curl B) = grad div B - 'V'B Since div B is unspecified, we stipulate that div B is zero. Then Eq. (2.153) takes the form (2.IS4) which, again, is Laplace's equation.


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Similarly. considering the q2 and q.curves, we obtain (2.166)

(2.167) where Sl and s. are distances measured, respectively, aiong the q. and q3 curves. Equations (2.165), (2.166), and (2.167) enable us to determine e1 and so forth and 6s1 /6q1. etc., once we know what or/oq1' etc . are. The derivatives ar/oql' and so forth, are obtained as follows in ten~s of the transformation relations (2.164) and the i, j, k unit vectors. Introduce the notation

We now complete our study of vector analysis with the expressions in orthogonal, curvilinea'r coordinates for the directed distance between two neighboring points, the differential operators-grad, div, curl, and Laplacian-and the changes in the reference unit vectors. Let q1' q2' qa be the general curvilinear coordinates ofa point P in space. They are defined by the transformation
ql == Ql(X, y, %)

q2 == q2(X, y. %)

== qs(x, y, %)

or, inversely, by
x = X(qh q2' q8)

(2.168) (2.164) and

h _ 6s, .==6q,

y =' Y(qhQ2' q8)


= %(q1' q2' q8)

where I, Y, % are, as usual, the Cartesian coordinates of P. Let el> e 2 es denote. as always, the system of reference \Jnit vectors, at P, corresponding to the coordinates qh q2. q3 (see Section 2.16). We first dc;termine the unitt vectors from the transformativn relations (2.164). It should be noted that until the unit vectors are determined it is not possible to say whether or not they (or equivalently the chosen curvilinear coordinates) are orthogonal.

Equations (2.165), (2.166) and (2.16 7 ) may be grouped in the convenient form Or II e = (2.169) '" '" oq.". where the subscript m may be 1, 2, or 3. Expressing the position vector as
r == X(qh q2' q.)i

Unit Vectors. Consider the q1-curve th;ough the point P(see Section 2.16). Let r denote the position vector to P from a fixed origin and SI the distance along the q1-curve (being positive when measured in the direction ofincreasingq1)' Then. according to Eq. (2.17) and the definition of e1, we have

+ Y(q1' q2,q,)j + %(qr, q2' q.)k

oqm oqm oqm

(2.170) (2.171)

we obtain

ox. oY. h..e mar = - = - I + - J +0% k =


where, again, the subscript m may be I, 2, or 3. The relations (2.171) determine completely the hm's and the em's. In fact, from (2.171) we have

h= '" oqm
and (2.165)

1 ( ax )1 + (-oy )1 + (Oz )1 oq",



1 oy. 0%) e m = - ' -i+-J+-k h m oq", oq", oqm




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Equations (2.172) and (2.173) hold whether or not the curvilinear ~ ordinates, defined by the relations (2.164), are orthogonal. Havmg determined the em's, if we find .that the products

From Eq. (2.175), for the square of the infinitesimal distance ds, We obtain (dS)' E cis ds

vanish at all points, then the unit vectors or, equivalently, the curvilinear coordinates are orthogonal.



(h ..e", h",e,.) dq", dq,.


Il1ji,,;tesimal Distanee betwee" Two Neig"b"ring Poi"ts. neighboring point of P, and let

Let Q be a

This equation is true for any curVilinear ooordinate system, orthogonal or not. For an orthogonal system we have the result
e", eft - 0


+ dql' q. + dql, q. + dq.



m '" n

be the curvilinear coordinates of Q while

- 1 whenm - n Therefore, for an orthogonal, curvilinear, coordinate system, Eq. (2.177) becomes (ds)' = (hi dtfJI + (hi dqJ' + (h. dqJ'

+ dx,y + dy,z + dz are its Cartesian coordinates. We denote by ds = dse. the directed distance PQ. If dS ds 2 , dS a are differential arc lengths along the qlt qt, qa curves,

== (dsJ' + (dSJI + (dsJ'


respectively, we have

ds = e1 dS l

+ e 2 dS 2 + e3 dS a


This relation does not assume tHat the ooordinates are orthogonal. The arc lengths ds 1 ,_etc., are determined as follo~s~ .. . As always ds is identical with dr, where r IS the POSition vector of pomt

P. Now, since
we obtain ds


or, dr = - Oql Oql

Or Or + ;- dq, +;- dq. (lq. (lq.


DifferelltW J10lllIM tuul SIII'/flCe EklMllts. We concern ourselv~ hereafter with an orthogonal, curvilinear, coordinate system only. Consieiw. two points P and Q such that the coordinates of Pare ql' ql, q. and those ef Q are ql + dtflt q. + dq! and q. + dtf.. The coordinate surfaces pasSing through P and Q deacri~ a volume element that We shall denote by d.,.. The sides of the element are curvilinear, and, in general, the element is not a parallelepiped (see Fig. 2.45). For illustration, the volume elements in cylindrical and spherical coordinate~ are shown in Fig. 2.45. To the first order the volume of the eleme,nt in curvilinear, orthogonal coordinates is given by dT - ds1 ds , ds.

= e1 hl dql + e.h l

+ eah. dq.


where the h's and e's are given by Eqs. (2.172) and (2.113). From Eqs. (2.174) and (2.175) it follows that

= h1 h",. tiql dtfl dq. where the scale factors hi, hi, h. refer to the point qb ql' ql'


dS I dS 2

= hI dql

The area of the surface element forming theql face (i.e., the face normal to ql coordinate) of the volume element d.,. is given by (2.180) Similarly, the areas of the ql and respectively, by and


h. dq: h8 dq3


q. faces of the element d.,. are given,


giving the differential distances along the coordinate curves in terms of the coordinates. From Eq. (2.176) we see that hi, h" h3 are .of the ~ature of scale factors which relat~ the differential distances to the dIfferentials oft~e coordinates. These scale factors vary from point to point and thus are, In general, functions of position.

For a JtOJtOrtMgo1lll1 SYSlClJl e,. .

e,." 0 when m "



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The del operator is given by

1 i 1 0 1 a VeeI--+e.-- +e,-h~ 41q.

hI 41ql


The expression for grad r/> may be derived also on the basis of the integral definition (2.93). Thi~ is left as an exercise.

+ dqz) face

Divergenee. The expression for the divergence of a vector field A(qt> q q,) is conveniently obtained by using the integral definition (2.94).

As may be verified we obtain


C",I. The expression for the curl of a vector. field A(ql, ql. q.) is conveniently obtained by constructing its components in the direCtions of the reference unit vectors el e e. on the basis of the definition (2.111). As may be verified. we obtain a result that can be exhibited as


hie. Q aq.


1 0 hlh.h. 41ql hiAl

41q. h.A.


(r + dr)dI

r sin 'dIP

Laplacian. The expression for the Laplacian of a scalar function (f position r/>(ql' q., q.) is readily obtained by substituting grad r/> for A ar d the corresponding compon~nt~ of grad r/> for At> AI. and AI in the relatk'l (2.183). We thus obtain
Vr/> =

di~ grad

r/> =

_._l_[~(hlh. or/
hlh.ha 41ql hI 41ql


(c) (a)

+ l..(hahlO.r/ + .E..(hlh.Or/]
oq. h. oq. oa. ha oqs
It follows that the Laplacian opera4lr is given by V

FIe. 1.45 Volume element in curvilinear coordinates:

cylindrical coordinates; (c) spherical coordinates.

general coordinates; (b)

Gradient. The expression for the gradi,ent?f a ~caHu function +(qh q q.) is conveniently obtained as deSCrIbed m SectIOn (2.24). We


div grad


- hlhzh s OqI

__l_[.i.(hzha.i.) + .i.(hshl.i.) + 1... (hlh2 .!_)l

hI Oql


hz Oq2


113 iJqa

Clulnges in the Referenee LJnit Vectors. The relation (2.173) t. nr bles us to determine the change in any of the unit vectors Cl e 2 , e 3 n::~ult:'\g \fom

'1. ' . "

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change in the coordinates qlt q q. Such a determination. however. leaves the result in terms of the i. j, k systems of unit vectors, but we are usually iriterested in having the result in terms of the coordiaates qh q q. and the corresponding unit vectors. Such a result is readily obtained by he following method. Denote by e l' ' ' the unit vectors at the point ql + &il' q. + lJq .. and q. +- &i where &il' &i 6q. are infinitesimal changes (for clarity we use temporarily the symbol 6 instead of 4). Denote by 6. the change in position corresponding to the coordinate changes &ilt &il' &i. The unit vectors e,.' ' ' may be regarded as resulting froin a translation of the over the directed distance 6s and a rotation of them vectors through an infinitesimal.angle ~ about Ii certain axis passing through their common origin .. ~ote that we are concerned here with orthogonal curvilinear coordinates only. Let ~ represent vectorially the infinite~imal angular rotation: Once ~ is known. the changes in the unit vectors are given (since translation causes no change)

and vectors are all functions of posit:on.

V(f1tI;) III: ",V", + ",VV' V (",A) - ",V A + V",. A V x (",A) ." ",V )( A + V", x A V(A B) .. (A V)B + (B. V)A + A x (V x B) + B )( (V )( A) V (A )( B) - B V )( A - A V x B . V x (A x B) = A(V B) + (B. V)A - B(V A) - (A V)B V x (V x A) - V(V. A) - V'A

'1. '., '.

~ - e,.' - e,. - ~ )( e,.

". - e.' - e. - ~ x e. 6.. - e.' - '" ." ~ X


Now, we know that the angular displacement"" and the associated displacement h are related. Iii faci, we have (2.188) To express ." in tenns of the COOrdinatesqb q.,.f. and the unit vectors

e,., el, e. we write


h .. 6s1e,.

+ 6s~. +. 6s... hi 6qle,. + h.6q ... + he &i ...

hie,. hae.

Using this and (2.184). we express relation (2.188) as



2h t h.h.

hi 6ql




h.' 6q. hal

1046 Some V.1uI R.latloas 'Jlte following formulas are of frequent use .in applications. They can be verified either by expansion in cartesian coordinates or by treating v as If vector (while retaining its actual meaning as an operator) in the appropriate vector formulas for products. In the following the scalars

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Chapter 3

Stress in a Fluid

Theory of the motion of a fluid, like the theory of the motion of a system of masses, is based on Newton's laws of mechanics. Similarly, the study of the state 'of rest of a fluid is based on the laws of static equilibrium as applied to a mechanical system of masses. In adapting these laws to a fluid we usually choose as our syste~ a certain finite or elemental region of the fluid. Thus for a fluid in motion we require, according to Newton's second law, that the rate of change of momentum of the fluid contained within any chosen region he equal to the resultant of all the forces acting on it. If the fluid is at rest, the momentum is zero and we require that the resultant of all the forces acting on any portion of the fluid be zero. If the fluid is in a state of uniform motion (i.e., all fluid elements have the same velocity for all timeli), the rate of change of its momentum is zero. Therefore the laws of static equilibrium also apply to a'state of uniform motion. To the law of change of momentum we add the companion law of moments that the sum of all the moments of the forces acting on any part of a fluid at rest is zero. The moments are all taken with respect to a single reference point. As a preliminary step in the formulation of these laws, we shall consider in this chapter the nature of the fort:es that act on any region of a fluid and the method of their specification. Thili involves the concept of stress in a fluid. FollOWing fnese considerations, we shall develop the law of static equilibrium for a fluid. To formulate completely the law of motion for a fluid we must first decide about a method for describing fluid motion. This we do in Chapter 4. Finally,~n Chapter 5, we shall formulate the law of motion along with other equatibns necess!!~y for the analysis of fluid motion.

forces are in the nature of actions and reactions. Such forces are commonly referred to as internal forces. Since they act across a surface that is imagined to ~par~te the fluid, they are also called surface forces. The co~plete specification of these forces is based on the concept of stress, which we shall take up presently (see Section J.2). In addition to the surface forces the fluid may, in general, be SUbjected to forces that act throughout the body of the fluid as such. The simplest ex~mple of such a force is the force due to gravity, that is, the so-called weight ~f the fluid. Forces o!" this type are called body forces. They are proportIOnal to the volume or mass of the fluid considered. Thus the body for~es can be specified as so much per unit volume or per unit mass of the fl~ld, that ~s, as an inte~sity. In general, the body force may vary from pomt to pomt of the fluid, and at any point it may have different value~ at differ~~t instances of time. Thus the body force is a vector function of position and time. .

3.2 Concept of Stress and the Spedficatioa of Stress at Point

The concept of stress and the method of Its specification, as described below, are applicable to any continuous deformable medium whether it be a fluid or a solid. ~ . ~t us con~ider a plane surface S drawn through some point F in a flUid. The flUid may be either in motion or at rest. We denote by n the nor~al to the su.rface .and. consider t~e forces exerted across S by the portion of the flUid whIch hes on the Side of n. These internal forces are not, in. general, distributed uniformly across S. We represent these fo~Ces as equivalent to a force F acting at the point P and a moment M about some axis t.hrough P (Fig. 3. Ca). If we gradually shrink the area of the surface to the point P, both F and M will tend to zero. However for a vani~hingly small area the equivalent lorce .,' may be assumed to ~ pro, portlo,nal to t~e a,:a: Then the ratio of force to area may be assumed to tend t~ a defimte hmlt as the area shrinks to a point. It can be shown that the ratIO ofth~ moment t.o the area vanishes as the area goes to zero. This means the action of th~ Internal forces in the immediate vici.nity of point p. ~cross the surface n (I.e., .Mrmal to n) can be specified by the limit of the" ratio of force to area, that IS, by a force per unit area at that point. This is called the stress at the point P across a plane rl. It is a vector and its direction is, in general, different from that of n. Denoting such' a stress rector by O'n we define symbolically

3.1 Surface Forces and Body Forces

In the space occupied by a fluid, whlch is in motion or at rest, let us imagine a sbrface enclosing some part of the fluid. The portions of the fluid close to the surface on its two sides exert forces on each other. These

. F = I1m s.~o Sn


In this connection see Love (1944).


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where Sit is a plane area normal to' D. The definition of a stress vector involves two directioM-that of the normal to the surface and that of the stress itself. Now if dS is an elemental area normal to D, t~ force exerted across dS by the ftuid that is on the side of D is (Fig. .


The stress at a point P across an elemental surface D can be specified either by a stress vector G" or, equivalently, by its three components

""dS dS


Fie. 3.2 . Decomposition ora stress vector.


FIt. 3.1

Representation of internal forces in a ftuid.

forc: s at a pO\~t P across only a certain plane D. For the complete s cificatlOn of the ,mtcrnal forces at P we should know the stress vector': P across al~ the planes, infini.te i?number, that can be drawn through P. It IS easily seen, by consldenng the equilibrium of an infinitesimal ~etrahedron_su~h as shown in Fig. 3.3, that if the stress I:ector across three

tension ~r a ~ile stress. The components 0'", and 0'". are known as the tangential st~~sses at P on the D surfate. They are shearing stresses. The defirlltJ~ri (3.1) of a stress vector enables us to specify the internal

referred to a system of three unit vectors. Denoting the unit vectors by elo e., ea and the respective components of a" by.a nlo a ... , a"a, we write

The meaning of the double subscript is apparent. The first subscript denotes the plane across which the stress component acts, wher::as the second subscript denotes the direction of the component. The decomposi~ion of a stress vector is usually done with respect to an orthogonal system of unit vectors. Generally the unit vectors selected are those associated with the (orthogonal) coordinate system employed (Fig. 3:2a). Another way of choosing the unit vectors is to select one of them in the direction of the normal D and the other two in two mutually perpendicular directions lying'in the surface D. Denoting the latter directions L e, ~nd e. we write (3.3) 'fhe comoonent 0' nn is known as the normal stress at P on the D surface (FiS' 3.2b). Its positive direction is that of n. It is then known as a

pomt IS "omplet~ly specified by glvmg a set of three stress vectors. Equivalently we can give the components of these stress vectors. Thus if a C'm, (1 n Jenote the stress vectors at P across the planes e e e d ,If' " m' n' an I

Independent planes passing through a point 'is given, the stress vector across any other plane p~ssing through that p'1int is determined. It thus follows that . th~ stat: of the mterna~ forces, ~l~o known as the '3late of stress, at any

Fig. 3.3 Equilibrium of a tetrahedron.

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eb et, e. are a set of unit vectors at P, the stress components can be given
in the form
(0'11 0'"




For the complete specification of the state of stress in the region of interest of a ftuid we must give at each point the stress tensor. The tensor will generally be different at different points, and at any point it may vary from instant to instant. This means thelt the state of stress within a ftuid is specified by a tensor function of position and time, that is, by a tensor field. 3.3 Stress in Fluid at Rest: Hydrostatic: Pressure The stress tensor for a ftuid takes on a particularly simple form when the ftuid is at rest. It is a fact of experiellce that tangential stresses do not exist in a fluid at rest. This means the stress vector at any point of the fluid at rest is wholly normal to any surface element passing through that point (see Eq. 3.3). Symbolically we write that (3.7) In such a case the stress tensor takes the form



For purposes of calculation it is convenient to take the unit vectors el> et , e3 as those defined by the (orthogonal) coordinate system used and the


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With For such a state of stress we can draw a fundamental cl~nclusion. Considering the equilibrium of an infinitesimal tetrahedron we can show that when tlTT! stress vector at a point is wholly normal in all directions, its magnitude is lhe same for all elemental planes passing through the point. In such a case all that is required to specify the ~tress at a pomt is simply a single number. Denoting this number b) (J we write

I planes e" em, eft as the corresponding coordinate panes eb e., this notation the stress components (3.4) become

(::: ::: ::)





This array of nine numbers is known as a stress tensor: It specifi~ completely the state of stress or simply the stress ~t a pomt. !he diagonal terms an, etc., represent the normal stresses, whI~e the nondiagonal terms 0"11' etc., represent tangential or shear stres~s (~lg ..3.4). The equilibrium of the moments on an mfimteslmal cube shows that
0'11 '123 0'11

for all directions of n. If c: is positive, an represents a tensile ~l ess. But from experi~nce we find t,hal' no tensile stresses occur in the inrerio. :)f a fluid. t This nlean:; i~ would be morl! appropriate to rcpre~ent e~ ;,$ a compression. This we do by replacing the number rJ by a neg2!ive number, say -po Then IhF slrt!ss ill a fluid at rest is represented by

= 0'81



0"31 -

That is, tbe stress tensor is symmetrical about its diagonal. This ~eans to specifY'completely the state of stress at a point we actually need SIX stress components.

... This conclusion 15 known as Pascats fa..... rn this Cilse the str,!ss vector des.::ribes a sphere. t Tensile ~tresses are exhib!ted at the so-called "free surfaces" and in "thin flu:d film,,"


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for all directions ofn. The corresponding stress tensor is given by

(7 ~p ~) o


The scalar p is called tho pressure or, more preciseiy, the hydrostatic pressure at the point considered. Equation (3.10) or (3.11) can be taken as the definition of a ftuid. Note that pis a positive number. The state of s~ress within the whole region of a ftuic;l at rest is specified by giving the prdssure as a function of position and time, that is, by a scalar field,.denoted by F == p(r, t). The hydrostatic pressure is generally related to the density and temperature or-the ftuid. For instance, we know that in gases that obey Charles' and Boyle's laws the pressure, the density p, and the temperature T are connected by the relation p == p]l..T, where. R is a constant for the gas conSidered.

they disappear when the rates of strain disappear, thus leaving the stress tenso~ as that of.a ~niform pressure in all directions. Similarly, if the velOCity of the ftuld IS zero everywhere, the viscous stresses become zero and we realise again uniform pressure at a point. Because of these inter~ pr~tations, the splitting of the stress tensor in a mOVing ftuid into ~ umform pressure p and the viscous stresses. is convenient. A~rdi~g ~o these ideas, the state of stress within the whole region of a movmg ftuld IS. expressedby the combination of a scalar field and a tensor field. In developi~g the. theo~es of ~uid motion we assume generally that t~e~odynamlc co.nslderatlor.s, which are strictly applicable to equilibrium SituatIons, are valId for moving ftuids and uSe them. In such a case we must talk about a thermodynamic pressure that is related to the density and temperature at a point in the ftuid. It is then assumed that the thermodynamic pressure is the same as the pressure p occurring in the stress tensor. The justification for these assumptions is that the theories based on them seem to give results that are in good agreement with experiments..

3.4 Stress in a Fluid in MotionWhen a ftuid is in motion the phenomenon of viscosity or of inte~l friction manifests it:;e)f, and at any point; in tbe fluid both tangential and normal.stresses occur. In this case we deal with the complete stress tensor and express itas made up of two paJ1s-One that represents viscous or fricti01lll1 stresses only, and the other thaJ represents compressive stresses equal ioall directions, that is, a pressure and thus not related to friction. This pressure, also denoted by p, is sin:tilar but not identical to the hydlo~ static; pressure. The viscous stresses, which occur both as la,ngential and normal compenents, a~ usually denoted by Tlb -r1l, etc. Thus the state of stress, at any point in a moving ftuidis g\ven in the form

3.5 State of Stress in a NoaUscous Fluid



. A large part of the theory .offtuid motion, as pointed out in Chapter I. IS developed on the assumptIon that the fluid is frictionless or nonviscous.In such a case the coefficients of viscosity, and conSlequently the viscous stresses, are set t~ zero ~nd. one ~akes the state of stress as that of a uniform. pressure. The u.ltlmate justIficatIOn for such an assuD"ption lies again in the comparISon of ItS consequences with experiments. The study of 'fluid motion treated in ihis book, as previously stated, it based on the assumption of a nonviscous fluid,
3.6 Pressure, Distribution in a Fluid at Rest
Forthe static e~uilibrium of a fluid, the sum of all the forces acting on an~ part o~ the ~UI~ should. be zero. To apply this law we consider at any

(7 ~p ~) + (:: ::: ::) o

'-ral -ral


pOlDt r an mfimteslmal regIOn of the fluid and write, that the resultant of the boc!y forces a~ting on the region+the resultant of the surface forces acting on it == 0

The viscous stresses are assumed to be proportional to the Nites of straint occurring at the point considered. The proportioJ;lality constants, known ~s viscosity coefficients, depend on the nature of the fluid. For any ,given fluid the viscous stresses are small when the rates of :>tr ain are small, and
"HydrostatiC" signifies a ftuid at

(3.13) Let .Or denote the volume of the region considerc;.d and bS the su rlace t'. . enc IoSlng It. If r = f(r) represents the distribution of the body forces . f h fl 'd . per umt mass 0 t e UI ,the body force acting on the element OT is equal to
pC b1' (3.14)

t The rates of strain at a point arc in turn given by certain combinations of the partial
derivatives of the components of the velocity. at that point (sec Section 9_1).

where p = per) IS the density of the fluid. The density may vary fror') point to point of the fluid.


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T~ determine the resultant of the surface forces let us first consider dn infinitesimal area a dS on the surfa~ lJS (Fig. 3.5). Since the state of stress in a fluid at rest is given by a pressure p = p(r), the surface force acting on thefluiJ within lJS across the surface element a dS is

Equivalently we may wrik this equation as gradp = pC


The resultant of the surface forces is then obtained simply by adding vectorially the pressure forces acting on all the ele.mental areas of the surface lJS. It is thus equal to


This equation is thus the analytical form of the condition for static eqUIlibrium of a fluid. Therefore it is the basis for amllysing the statics of incompressible and compressible fluids. The content of Eq. (3.17) is significant. It states that static equilibrium of a fluid is possible only if the body force (pf) per unit L'olume can be expressed as the gradient of a scalar function. This implies that pf should be irrotational. If the density of the fluid is uniform throughout space, we have grad (

po dS



l!.) = f

Equation (3.17) assures us that the resultant of the forces acting on any part of a fluid at rest is zero. For the fluid to be at rest the condition that the resultant of the. moments acting on a fluid element should also be zero. That this condi.tion is automatically satisfied may be verified by the reader. 3. 7 Concluding Remuks

To pass on from the s_tatics to the dynamics of a fluid, we may consider a certain portion of the fluid arid apply to it the second law of Newton. Thus we write that the rate of change of momentum of considered = the resultant of the body region + the resultant of the pressure surface + the resultant of the viscous surface: the region of fluid forces acting on the forces acting at its forces acting at its

Fig. 3.5 Illustrating the calculation


resultant pressure.


for an infinitesimal volume element lJ.,. we have, according to Eq. (2.1 16a),



dS = -!5.,. grad p

This shows that the resultant of the pressure forces acting on the surface of an infinitesimalftuid element <S.,. is given by


With the expressions (3.14) and (3.16), the condition (3. d) becomes

For the complete analytical formulation of this law we must first d~k e about a method fo:, describing the motion of the flllid, whether we wish talk about the fate of each individual element of the fluid or about the whole fluid as such. Thi~ we shall do in the next chapter. Fquation (3.18) involves the density, the pressure, and thevdodty as unknowns if we a5sume that the body forces :lie given and that the viscous stres~s are related to the dc:ri"atives of the velocity. It IS 'thus apparent that additiOlial equations have to be formulated. This we do in Chapter 5.


pf d.,. - b.,. grad p = 0

or, expressing it

per unit vqlume,

p( -



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element with respect to any chosen coordinate system. Since the fluid elements are continuously distributed, the values that the parameters a, b, c will assume for the various elements are continuous. Now, the motion of the fluid.can be described by giving as a function of time, t, any quantity Q that is associated with each element a, b, c. Considering the whole fluid, Q becomes a function of time and the particle parameters a, b, c. Thus we write . Q == Q(a, b, c, t) (4.1) For instance, the position r of the various elements at any time t is expressed by the functional form

We shall now begin to set up analytically t~e problem of fluid mo-. tion. The fluid, as remarked. before, is regarded as matter distributed continuously. At various points of the distribution, we may choose infinitesimally small regions of fluid and regard them as possessing indiViduality. We may thus refer to them as fluid elements or fluid particles To describe fluid motion, two methods are possible. One possibility is to descnbe the fate of each individual fluid particle, that is, to adopt a particle,point of view. The other possibility is to forget about the i~divid \lality of the various fluid elements And concern ourselves only With the state of motion in the space filled by the fluid, that is, to adopt a so-called field point of view. The particle description is known as the Lagrangian method (after Lagrange, 1736--1813), while the field description is known as the Eulerian method (after Euler, 1707-1783).. In this chapteT we shall discuss these two methods and also consider additional concepts related lO the description of fluid motion.

== r(a, b, c, t)


If X', y, z are the Cartesian components of r, the scalar form of (4.2) is shown by x == x(a, b, c, t)


yea, b, c, t)

Z ==.~{a, b, c, t)

4.1 Lagrangian Method

In this method we ask about what happens to the individual fluid eleinents in the course of time, what are their paths, their velocities, densities, or any other properties associated with them. Thus in this case the fluid motion is described by describing the fate of each individual fluid p~rticle. Such a procedure follows the practice usually adopted in the mechanics of mass particles where one seeks the trajectories of thQ individual particles. Since in this method we are concerned with each particle, we must, so to speak, label the various elements (i.e., name them) in ord::r tn distinguish between them. We do this by assigning, at some instant of t'f'1e, three scalar parameters, say a, b, c, !o each element. A convcni::nt ~hoice or' these parameters, for instance, is to give the position coordin, tes of an

Thus in Lagrangian descriptiOl the particle parameters a, b, c, and time t are the independent varia!>ks. The unknown variables art: the position coordinates (or, equivalently, the velocity or acceleration ~omponents) of an element and other quantities such as the density, giving its state. Tq determine the unknowns we set up a necessary number of equations between them by applying to each fluid particle natural laws, such as Newton's second law of motion, and conservation of mass. We shall not enter into the derivation of these equations, which are usually known' as the Lagrangian equations of flUid motion. For these equations reference may be made to Lamb (1932), or Sommerfeld (1950). Alth<YUgh the Lagrangian description appears W be a natural way to set up problems of fluid motion, generally it is not as convenient and meaningful as the Eulerian description, which we shall follow exclusively_in our studies here. The Lagrangian method gives more information than one needs. for often one is not interested in the fate of each fluid particle. There are,. however, specific instances, such as certain one-dimensional (involving one space coordinate) problems, where the Lagrangian point of view is fruitful.


Eulerian Method

of fluid motio:1 'J3,d


Lalrangiarl :n,:tr.0d

01.CIIf In



In this method we focus our attention on the various points of the space filled by the flowing fluid and what is happening at each of these points as time goes on. What is happening is. of course, to be given in terms of quantIties such as veiocity.density, and pressure, which are of interest in the rnction of the flUid. Thus, in the Eulerian point of view, we give the



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values that a fluid quantity Q assumes at various points of the space at different instances of time. In other words, Q is described as a function of position and time. If r denotes the position of a space point with respect to a chosen coordinate system and t denotes the time, we write

With (4.6), Eq. (4.4) may be expressed in terms of the Eulerian variables :::, y, z, t. We write

Q = Q[a = gl(X, y,


t), b = g2(X, y, z, t), c = ga(x, y,-z, t), t]


Q = Q(r, t)


The transition from the Eulerian to the Lagrangian description is not simple. In terms of Eulerian variables we have

Recalling the nl,tion of a field we observe that in l:ulerian description fluid motion is spl!ciflCd by various scalar and vector fields. Thus we talk about wloeit)' field, acceleration ficld, density field, and so on. In sllch a description. the identity of the fluid particle:s that occupy the various points in space at various times is irrelevant. At any imtant eaeh point of the regiC'n may be associated with a fluid element for which the velocity, density, etc., may be taken as those occurring at the point at the instant considered. In the Eulerian description, lhe independent variables are the position coordinates (I.e .. componeRts of r) of a point in space and time t. The dependent variables are the fields of velocity, density, etc. To solve for these fields we set up a necessary system of equations by again using laws such as Newton's second law of motion and conservation of mass. The derivation of these Eulerian equations will occupy us in the next chapter.

Q = Q(x, y, z, t)


pass to the Lagrangian description we must ex?ress x, y, Z in terms of the particle parameters a, b, c. This we do as follows. Let the velocity components at the pOint x, y, z at time t be given (in tetpts of Eulerian description) by u = F 1(x, y, z, t)


v = F1(x, y, z, t)
w ~=


Fa(x, y, z, t)

In terms Qf the Lagrangian d- .i\:ription we shall have

4.3 Connection between the I.agrangiao and Eulerian Descriptions

To relate these two descriptions we need to know the identity of the fluid element that occupies a certain position in space at a given time. In othei words. we need the relations between points in space': and the particle parameters. We consider first the transilion from the l.agrangian to the Eulerian description. Let some quantity Q be given in terms of the Lagrangian "?riah\cs a, b, c, t. We then have

where x, y, Z (4.10) both describe the velocity components of a fluid dement. Combining them we obtain - = F 1(x, y, z, t) at

at are functions of the variables a, b, c, t. Equations (4.9) ar.d

b = -- ,

ay =- ,

w= - ,



oy - = FI(x, y, z, t)


az - = F,(x, y, z, t)
These are (first order) differential equations for the position coordinates of an element as described by the Lagrangian method. Integration of these equations leads to solutions of the form

Q = Q(o, b, c, t)


To pass to the Eulerian description we must express 0, b, c in terms of the coorJinates, say x, y, z, of a point in space. In the Lagrangian method, they are given by relations cf the form
:r: = /1(0,

x = /1(X O' Yo. lo, t)


= /2(X O, Yo, zo, t)


b, c, t)
h. r, 1)

if = fAa,

;: =
z. and t. We shall

Ilx o, Yo. Zo, t)

: = 13(0. h, c. I)
may be then have

to obtain a. b, c in terms of r.

"'here x I';, " , 0' the constants ot integration, are chos~n as the initial valul!s :;11)' of r, y, 7 at an initial instant t = to. We may set the particle parameters a, b, c' equal to Xo. Yo, z~ re:;pectively and rewrite Eq. (4.12) as
x = /l(a, b. c, t)

( l.6)


= 12(a, h, c, t)


g .i.r. !I.

~. t)

z = /3(a, b, c, t)


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Equation (4.13) enables us to express (4.8) in terms of the Lagrangian variables. Thus we obtain

dx dy u v

dz = i(w dy - v dz)

= Q[z = flea, b, c, t), y =/.(a, b, c, t), Z = /3(a, b, c, t), t]


+ j(u dz -

w dx)

+ k(v dx -

u dy)

4.4 Steady and Unsteady Motioos

If at various points of the flow field all quantities (such as velocity, density, pressure) associate~ with the fluid flow remain u'lchanged with time, the motion is said to be steady; otherwise it is called unsteady. Thus in steady motion time drops out of the independent variables, and the various field quantities simply become ,functions of the space coordinates.


This vector equation is equivalent to three scalar equations

wdy - v dz == 0
udz-wdx==O vdx-udy=O


(4.17d) (4.l7e)

4.5 Path Line

The curve described in space by a moving fluid element is'known as its trajectory or path line. Suci! a line is obtained by giving the position of an element as a function of time.


4.6 Streamlines
We can describe another set of curves in the space filled by a flowing fluid. At a certain instant of time, mark out the direction of velocity at each point of space. Then draw a family of curves such that each curve is tangcnt at each point to the velocity direction at that point. Such curves, as mentioned before, are called streamlines. They are nothing but the field lines of the vector field of velocity (see 2.20). To express analytically the equations for the streamlines we proceed as follows. Considering a ce(tain instant of time, at any point r, let ds be an element of the streamline passing through the point and let V denote the velocity ve~tor ,at that point at that instant (Fig. 4.1). Then, in view of the definition 'of a streamline, we state that the direction of ds is the same as that of V, that is, (4. is) ds is parallel to V Since the cross product of two parallel vectors is zero, we express (4.IS) by writing (4.16) ds"V==O which then is the differential 'equation for a streamline. Equation (4.16) , can 'be readily specialized to imy coordinate description. Choosing Cartesians, for instance, let the components of ds be denoted t;>y dx, dy, dz, and those of V by u, v, w. Then (4.16) becomes

FJa. 4.1

Definition of a streamlinc.

which can further be put in the symmetric form

dz _ ~ == dz w v u


+ j dy + k dz)

x (iu

+ jv -+

kw) = 0


For detailcd considerations regarding the relation between path lines, streamlines, and the so-called streak lines consult Prandtl and Tietjens (1934).

Note that u, v, ware functions of z, y, z, andt. Equation (4.17) or (4.18) is the Cartesian form of the differential equations for a streamline. We consider the integration of such equations in Section 4.9. Thus at each instant of time we can construct a picture of the streamlines. If the motion is unsteady, the streamline picture will change from instant to instant. If the motion is steady, the picture remains the same for all times. In this casepath lints and streamlines are identical. A picture of the streamlines helps us to see, as it were, the flow field and therefore plays an important part in the analysis and understanding of fluid t10w problems.


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Experimentally, various methods are available by which we can make fluid dow visiBle and obtain photographs of the streamlines. We cannot enter into a discussion of these techniques here. Examples of experimentally obtained streamline pictures have already been given. In our studies here we shall compare such pictures with those obtained analytically. This would help us to evaluate our theoretical ideas in the light of experimental facts.

everywhere. For steady flow, a stream tube behaves like one with rigid boundaries inside which fluid flows. It follows that in steady flow, an impermeable solid-fluid boundary, across which there cannot be any flow of fluid, would be a stream surface.

4.8 Reference Frame and Streamline Pattern

It is to be noted that a streamline pattern would appear differently from different reference frames. This is illustrated in Plates 12 and 13 for flow around an airfoil that is moving through an otherwise undisturbed fluid. The streamline pattern shown in (12) is obtained in a reference frame fixed with respect to the airfoil, while the pattern shown in (13) is obtained in a reference frame fixed with respect to the undisturbed fluid far away from the airfoil.

4.7 Stream Surfaces and Stream Tubes

If at any instant of time we draw an arbitrary line in the fluid region and draw the streamlines passing through the line, a surface is formed. Such a surface is called a streamline surface or simply a stream surfar.:e (Fig. 4.2).

4.9 Stream Functions

We now consider the integration of the Eq. (4.16) for a streamline

Although V = V(r, t), the integration of (4.16) involves only the space variables. As such, in what follows, we shall not exhibit explicitly the dependence on time. Bear in mind, however, that the results obtained hold at every instant of time. First consider the Cartesian form of (4.16) as given by (4.17).

Fig. 4.2 Stream surface.

If we consider a closed curve and draw all the streamlines passing through it, a tube called a stream tube'is formed (Fig. 4.3). In unsteady motIL'n, the shape of a stream surface drawn through an arbitrarily chosen curve and the shape of a stream tube drawn through a chosen closed curve will change with time. lD steady motion stream surfaces and stream tubes once drawn remain unchanged. No jfuid can cross a stream surface or the walls of a stream tube, for the walls and the stream sllrface are always parallel to the fluid velocity

v(x, y, z) dx -- u(x, y, z) dy = 0 w(x, y, z) dy - to(x, y, z) dz = 0 w(x, y, z) dx - II(X, y, z) ch



These are a set of differential equations for the variables x, y, z. As may be readily verified, (4.19) is actually a set of two iridependent equations. We may, therefore, represent (4.19) by two equations of the form

a 1(x, y, z) dx a2(x, y, z) dx

+ Mx, y, z) ely + cix, y, z) dz = + b,(x, y, z) dy + c.(x, y, z) dz =

0 0


Fig. 4.3 Stream tube, Consult, for instance Pankhurst and Holder (1952) or Prandtl and Tietjens (1934).

Equations of this type are known as PfalJian diflerential equations. For the theory of such equations, reference may be made to any suitable book, for instance that by Margenau and Murphy (1956) or by Sneddcn (1957). The solution of each equation in (4.20) may be represented by an equation of the form (4.21) f(x, y, z) = c where c is a constant. As is well known, Eq. (4.21) describes a oneparameter family of surfaces. We thus conclude that the solution of


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(4.20) or equivalently of the differential equation for the streamline is given by two independent functions
'f'l(X, 'f'2(X,

y, z) ==

Cl C2

y, z) =


where C1 and C2 are constants. Such a conclusion could have been reached immediately f~om the observation that a line in space, such as a streamline, may be described as the curve of intersection of two surfaces. The functions '1'1 and '1'2 should naturaUy be related to the velocity

,.he function p(r) is arbitrary except that it should satisfy a certain condition that follows directly from Eq. (4.24). As may be verified it is a vector identity that if h(r) and f.(r) are two scalar functio'1.s of position, then div (gradh X grad fa) = 0

It, therefore, follows that p(r) should be such that it satisfies the condition
div (I-'V) == 0 To sum up, we state that the solution of the equation dsxV==O for a streamline is given by two functions lpl(r) ==


1p.(rt= c.
where C1 and c. are constants. Tl.ese functions and the velOcity are related by I-' V == grad '1'1 X grad 11'. where p is a scalar function of position that satisfies the condition
Fig.4.4 Stream functions and streamline.

div I-'V == 0 The functions '1'1 and '1'2 are known as stream functions. - If the function I-'(r) is known, then the vector field V(r) may be replaced by two scalar fields 'f'l(r) and 'f'2(r) gaining possible mathematical advantage. In general, a fun~tion I-' satisfying the condition (4.25) without at the same time imposing physically untenable conditions on the velocity .field, is not readily obtained .. Under certain circumstances, however, independent considerations relating' to the fluid motion lead to relations of the form divf(r)V = 0 where f is a certain scalar function of position. In such cases we identify p(r) with f(r) and replace V(r) by 1p1(r) and 'f'2(r) by use of Eq. (4.24). Examples of. such situations ar.- the motion of an incompressible fluid and the steady motion of a compressible fluid. As we shall see later, for an jncompressible fluid we shall have divV = 0 then we can set I-'(r) = 1
Note that we have suppressed showing explicitly the dependence on time.

components u, v, w. We now. establish the relation. For generality and convenience we now switch to vector representation. We write.

V = VCr)
'1'1 = 'P1(r) = (4.23) '1'1 = 'f'2(r) = Now, along the streamline, the velocity vector V lies in both the surfaces '1'1. = C1 and '1'2 = c. (Fig. 4.4). This being the case, along the streamline V IS ~ormal to both grad '1'1 and grad '1'., the gradients being parallel to the normals to their respective surfaces; Symbolically we have



Vgrad'f'l ==0 V gra~ '1'2 == 0 This shows that V is normal to the plane formed by the vectors grad '1'1 and grad '1'2' In other words V is paraUel to the cros, product grad 'fI1 x grad If'z Hence we write p(r)V = grad '1'1 X grad ~L'~ where per) is a scalar function of position.

For steady compressible flow, we shall have div p(r)V = 0 where p(r) is the density field. Then we can set ,u(r) = p(r)

Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics Description of Fluid 'Motion We then have


Solving fluid flow problems by use of two stream functions when 'such use is possible has not received much attention, and at this stage no general comments can be made about it. In certain problems where only two velocity components appear, the other being zero, there would be only one single unknown stream function instead of two. We now consider such situations.

,u(x, y)V = a" a" o ax ay

Equivalently, we obtain

,uv = - ax
The function




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should he such that the following relation is satisfied:

When the motion of a fluid is such that the flow pattern and the various flow quantities are indepel'\den\ of distance along a certain fixed direction, the motion is said to be two-dimensional or planar. Thus, if we designate such a direction as the Z axis, we shall have

a,uu + a,uv = ax oy

div,uV = 0


.E.. ( ) == ~


of any quantity = 0

The motion in all planes normal to Z will appear the same. Introducing Cartesians x, y, %, we write cis = (dx, dy, dz) V = (u,v, 0) U = u(x, y) v = v(x, y)

_ _ _ _- L_ _ _ _ _ _


We consider the equation for a streamline in the form

dx dy d% ---=--=u(x, y) v(x, y) 0 It immediately follows that dz = 0 or % = constant Thus, one of the stream functions is simply z. The other is the only un- . known function. It is a function of x and y only. Denote it by ",(:e, y). To relate ",(x, y) to the velocity components u, v we use the Eq. (4.24). Set* = ",(x, y)

Fig.4.5 Velocity components in two-dimensional flow.

We now express the results in terms of cylindrical polar coordinates r,

0, z (see Fig. 4.5). We write

ds = (dr, rdO, dz)
V = (u r , "8' 0)


ur(r, 0)


= u8(r, 0)

We may as well set '1'. = z and '1'2 = ",. The choice made leads to the usual form of

We then have

dr rdO dz ---=---=urCr, 0) us(r, 0) 0


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As ~fore, one of the stream functions is z. For the other, say '" - tp(r,8) 'we have, using Eq. (4.24),

In terms of the spberical coordinates R, 8, cp,we write .... (dR, R dB,

V UR"" (UR' U"

er A,.

r 08


R sin 8 dfP)


per, O)V _ a", ! otp

uJiR, 9) u, .. u,(R, 8)

or, equivalently,


Consider the equation for a streamline in the. form dR uJiR, 8) .

It immediately follows that
'(4.29) or

a", pu, .... - or ![o'(rpuJ + .!(Pu,)] r Or

divpV - 0

The fuhction

per, 8) should satisfy the relation

- R d8 u,(R, C)

R sin 8 dfP 0

cp - constant Thus, one of t~e stream functions is simply cp. The other, say tp .... tp(R, 8), is the only unknown function. To relate tp(R,8) to the velocity components uR, U" we set '1'1 - .,(R, 8) and use Eq. (4.24). We thus have


Stream Fanctioo for Axisymmetric MotioD

When the motion of a fluid is such that the flow pattern and the flow quantities at corresponding points are the saJtle in all planes passing

p(R, 8)V -


oR R 08

a" .! 0"

R sin 8

Equivalently, we have

1 0", -R1 sin 8 08

1 0", R sin 8 oR

Fla. 4.6 Coordinates (or axisymmetric motion.


pu,----....;;~~[..! (RI sin 8pUR) + !


through a certain fixed axis, the motion is ~aid to be axisymmetric. Introduce spherical coordinates R, 8, fP or cylindrical coordinates r, fP, x as shown in Fig. 4.6. Let the motion be axisymmetric about the X axis. We then have

The function peR; 8) should satisfy the relation

(R sin 8p

1. ( ) _ ..! of any quantity OfP OfP '


u,)] == div pV
.... 0


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We now ellpress the results in terms of cylindrical coordinates r, fIJ, x (see Fig. 4.6). We have ds =: (dx, dr, r dq;) V

(u". "r'O)
u,,(x, r) ur(x, r)

U'" =: =:


",,(x, r)

ur(x, r)
",(x, r)



"'I =
"'2 =
fl(x, r)V

e e, .
o o


0", 0",

(a) Nodes

1 flU = --'" r

a", or
1 0",





The stream function for allisymmetric flow is known as the Stokes stream junction.

4.11 Stagnation Points

(b) Saddle

(c) Spiral

P~ints in the flow field where the velocity becomes zero are known as stagnation. points. In terms of the compC'nents of the velocity, this ,means that at a stagnation point all the velocity componentS are zero. Consider the differential equations for a streamline in the Cartesian form dy = vex, y, z) dx u(x, y, z) (4.34) dz w(x, y, z) dx u(x, y, z)

(d) Vortex

Fig. 4.7

Examples of streamline patterns at a stagnation point in two-dimensionarllow.

At a stagnation point these equations become

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0 - ==dz 0 dz 0 -=dz 0

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Points at which differential equations of the type (4.34) take the form (4.3::) are called singular points of the equations. Thus stagnation points are such singular points. We shall not enter here into the theory of integration of Eqs. (4.34) at the singular. points. For such theory, reference may be made to bo.oks on differential equations, for instance see Goursat (1959). Without explicit analysis we state that the streamline pattern at a stagnation point is not the simple picture of a single str~amline passing through" a given point. Examples of possible streamline patterns at a stagnation point in two-dim~nsional flow are given in Fig. 4.7. In this context, reference may be made ~o Karman and Biot (1940) where analysis is given for determining the shape of the integral curves for the equation



f(z, y) g(z, y)

at its singular points.

The Eulerian method of description defuies, for any particular value of time, the state of motion at all points of the space occupied by the fluid, while for a given position the method gives the history of what goes on at that place. Thus in this point of view the fluid flow is characterized by the fields of velocity, pressure, density, and so ori, and a fluid element or particle occupying a certain point at aeertain" time assumes for its proDerties the values that are appropriate to that point at that instant. The object of our investigations in fluid flow problems; then, IS to determine these fields. We attempt this by first formulating possible relationships that should be satisfied between the field quantities. These relationships are esta1?lished on the basis of certain natural laws such as N~wton's second law of motion. We refer to the relation!'hips betWeen the field quantities as the equations offluid motion. The equations, may be set up either in differential form .in in integral form. Furthermore, they may be developed either from t"~ point of view of a certain" "fluid region" that contains the same fluid elements (or element) for all times or from the point of .View of a "fixed volume in space'" through which different fluid elements flow through. We shall concern ourselves first with the derivation of the equations in the differential form from the point of view of an infinitesimal ftuiQ region. We shall then naturally be involved with the calculation of the ~ime rate.of change of any quantity followinga fluid element. We shall discuss this in the next section and then formulate the basic equations. 5.1 Local, Convective, and Material Deriyatives Consider the fluid element situated at the point r at time t. Let Q(r, t) denote some fluid property Q (density. velocity, etc.) associated with the point r at that instant. The ftuidelement ~ituated there will, therefore, assume for its corresponding property Q the value Q(r, t). In a short time



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interval fl.t the element moves through a directed distance ~s == V /}.t, where V i; its velocity at rand t (Fig. 5.1). In the new situation the element will assume for Q the value appropriate to the positien (r + V fl.t) at the time (t + fl.1). This we denote as Q(r + V ~t, t + fl.t) .. T~en the change in Q for that moving element in the time mterval fl.t IS given by




+ V fl.t, t + fl.t)

- Q(r, t)

Path of element

Fla- 5.1

lllu_strating the local, convective and material derivatives.

and the rate of change of Q following the element is simply)he limit of fl.Q/fl.t as fl.t vanishes. This rate of change is usually denoted by DQ/Dt. Therefore we have


== lim fl.Q = lim Q(r + V~t, t + fl.t) - Q(r, t)






This rate of change can be expressed as made up of two parts, o~e a change due to local variation with time of th~ .fluid pro~rty ~t a gIVen position and the other due to a change of POSition at ~ given time. Formally we write Q(r

+ V fl.t, 't + fl.t) == Q(r, t) +

(~Q\ fl.t + (~.~\r.t(fl.t)1 + ... (It Jr.t (It J

'V fl.t

+ (oQ\

as Ir.t

+ (Ol~)
os . r.t

(V fl.t)Z

+ .. ,


where s denotes distance in the direction of the vefocity V at the point r at time t. UsiJ,g the Taylor expansion (5.2) in relation (5.1) we obtai!}

where the derivatives are ev~luated at rand t_ The derivative oQlot denotes iocal variation with time at a given position, while the derivative oQlos denotes v3riation with change of position at a given time. The term (oQlos)v itself denotes the time rate of change of Q due to change of position. A physical interpretation of (5.3) is as follows. Consider a flow field which at any given instant is uniform throughout the space but varies from instant to instant. If a fluid element moves in such a field from the point r, the change in any property Q for that element in a small time interval 6t i! (oQlot) 6t (correct to the first order in 6t), where oQlot denotes the rate at which Q is changing locally at the point r. This change is called the local change. Suppose the flow field is steady but not uniform, that is, the fluid property Q though varying from point to point does not ~hangt with time at any point. Now, if in such a flow field an element moves from a . point r to a new point r + V 6t, a .change in Q must take place for that element so as fo adjust the elemtnt to the new location. This change, which results from the fact that the element is getting into a new environment of the flow field, is called the convective change. This change is equal to (oQlos)V 61 (to the first order in V 6t), the change in Q over the directed distance 6s equalto V 6t. When a flow field is neither steady nor uniforin, the change in any property Q for a particular fluid element will be made up of both the local and convective ch~nges. and is. equal to [(oQ/ot) lIt.+ (oQ/os)V 6t). Hence it follows that the rate of change of Q following a fluid element is given by Eq. (5.3). The local rate of change oQlol is known as the lucal derivative, and the convective rate of change (oQ/os)V is known as the.convective derivative. The total rate of change DQ/ Dt is usually known as the substantial derivative. It is sometimes referred to as the particle or material derivative. This is a more descriptive name, for the derivativ!= is constructed following a certain fluid element. Equation (5.3) may be used to compute the material derivative of any quantity whether it be a scalar field, a vector field, or a more general tensor field .. For scalar and vector fields, the convective derivatiye in (5.3) may be put, as follows, into a more explicit form. We recall that the operator e grad (or e V) applied to a scalar or-vector field yields the derivative of that field with respect to distance in the direction e (see 2.75 and 2.77). Now, in (5.3) the term oQ/os represents the derivative of Q with respect to distance in the direction of the velocity. Denoting this direction bye.. we may therefore write

DQ _ oQ Dt at

+ oQ V





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and aQV::v.gradQ

we have




= F


whether Q is a scalar or a vector. Then for the material derivative we have

as the equation of motion ,of the fluid.

As the elelDCnt moves, its shape, volume, and density wi'!. in general,

DQ :: iJQ


+ V grad Q


change. II's mass, how~ver, remains constant. Thus (5.6) takes the form

If the quantity Q is a vector field, denoted, say, by A) the convective derivative of A may be further expanded aCcording to the following formula: v grad A = l[grad (Y. A) - V x curl A -A x curl V - curl (Y x A)



where DV/ DI is the acceleration of the fluid element situated at r at time

+V(div A) -


A(div V)]


We will now set up the basic equations that govern the motion of an inviscid incompressible fluid. At the start, however, we will not regard the fluid as incompressible. The condition of inco~pressibi~ity will be introduced at the ,appropriate time so as to bring out clearly the role of incompressibility in the formulation offluid problems. Initially, we regard as our unknowns the velocity field V(r, I), the pressure field p(r, I), and the density field per. I). We seek to establish relationships between these fields by applying to a certain ftuid element the basic laws of natu~: Newton's

Surface of element _ &8 Vo/ume of element. &T

second law of mOlion, law of con.rervalion of mass, law of conservation of energy. It might tum out that these laws are actually inadequate in setting
sufficient relations between the unknowns. In such a case one must invoke additional relations suggested by experience.

FIt. 5.2 Fluid element.

Equation (5.7) expresses the usua1.acccleration form of Newton's law: mass times acceleration is equal to force. The acceleration DV/ Dt may be determined by use of Eqs. (5.1) or (5.4). According to (5.4) we have

1.2 lAder's Eqaatloll

The fundamental equation governing the motion of any mechanical system expresses Newton's second law of motion, which states that at any

wiant, the role of clronge of momentum of a system 4 equal 10 the force acting on il at lhal Wiant. By force is understood the resultant of all the forees that are acting. To obtain the equation governing the motion of a ftuid we apply Newton's ~ond law to a moving fluid element. 'Let us consider an infinitesimally small clement of fluid situated at the position r at time t (Fig. 5.2). If V and p are tbe velocity and density, respectively, at rand t, and if 6T denotes the volume of the clement, the mass and momentum of the element are p:6T and p 6TV~ respectively. We denote by F the force acting on the element at that instant and equate it, according to Newton's law, to the rate of change of momentum of the elelDCnt, which is simply the material deiivative of the momentum. Thus

Iii" = al + V grad V
Using (5.5) we obtain V" grad V - grad VI




- V x curl V


It then follows that the acceleration' "'ayalso be expressed in the form

DV aV - = DI

VI a, + grad -2 -

V x curl V


This form, which may be easily specialized to any orthogonal, curviliQea,r coordinate system, is very useful when we investigate the integration at: the

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equations of fluid motion (see Section 8.4). In. Eq. (S.9) th~ vorticity, namely curl V, which is twice the angular velOCity of the Owd. appears explicitly. . " . In determining the total force acting on the fluid eleme~t we dlstmgulsh between the so-called body forces and surface forces (Sectlons 3.2 and 3.7). We denote by f the body force per unit mass of the fluid. The body force acting o~ the jluid element is, therefore, P ~".(. To obtain the resultant of the surface forces acting on the element we note that, since we are concerned only with a non~iscous fluid, the surface forces are simply pressu("e forces that act no~mal to the ~urface of the element. Let us denote by p the pressure, by ~S the total su~face area of the fluid element, and by D dS an elemental area. on ~S, D bemg an outward normal (Fig. S.2). The resultant oftM pressure forces acting on the element is then equal to

This equation of motion is one of the fundamental equations of OUid dynamics. It was first obtained by Euler in 17SS and is called Euler's Equation. In deriving this equation no account has been taken of the viscous nature. of a fluid. Therefore it holds good only for the motions of fluids in which viscosity is assumed to be zero, that is,' for the motions of an inviscid fluid. Euler's equation (S.I1) represents a system of three scalarequaq 'ns for the five unknowns-the three Sc:aIar components of the velocity, the pressure, and. the density. Hence it is necessary to obtain additional equations. We do this by the application of the laws of conservation of mass and energy. We derive first the equation that. expresses the conservation of mass.

5.3 F.qaatioa of CaMemadoa of M_

We assert that the mass ofanyfluid element remains constant as it moves about even though, in general, its shape, volume, and density may change". Consider a fluid element of volume h that is Situated at the point r at tiine t. The mass of the element is ph. Sincethe mass of the element is a constant, it follows that p. h is a CQlUttRIt if one fo/~ows the same element. In other words, the material derivative of phis zero.
-(ph)"'; 0 Dt .


According -to the integral definition of the gradient of a scalar function (Eq. 2.1161') we have



=- ~6Tgrad p


This shows that in an in viscid, - grad P represents the resultant surface force acting on unit volume of t"! jluid.. The total force on the fluid element Is thus gIVen by

This is the equation of conservation of mass in its simplest fonn. Equation (5.12) may ~ rewritten as

F = p 6",( - 6i grad p
The equation of motion of the fluid (Eq. S.6) now takes the form



+ p!!..(6T) .. 0
Dt .


The material derivative of the density is given by

p lJT DV = p M - lJT grad p


Ee = iJp + V grad p Dt iJt







= pf - grad p

The material derivative D(~)I Dt of the volume of the element may be expressed in terms of the velocity field. To do this we .observe that

when expressed per unit volume of the fluid. Using Eqs. (5.8) or (S.9) for the acceleration we may write (S.1la) in the following alternate form:

.Q. (~T)

= lim 61-(t + dt) 11-0



p(~~ + V. grad V)

= I'f - grad





+ grari V

2 _

V x curl


= pf - grad


where ~T(t) is the volume of the element at time t and 6T(t + 6T) is its . volume after a small time interval ~t. The change in volume of the element during the time intervallJ! may be determined as follows. Let us consider the element as situat'ed in the position rat tiine t and assume! for c1_arity.


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that at that instant the velocities at the various points on surface of~he eiement are all directed outward, that is, toward the re810n that contains the outward normal (see Fig. 5.3). Then, as shown in the figure, !he surface of the element t~t is tJS at time t grows into the ~urface tJS1 dun~g the interval6t. Both the surfaces tJS and tJS1 contain the same flul~ element but at different times. .The change in volume of the elemen~ IS simply equal to ;the volume swept by the surface of the element dunng


ffv .

dS - tJT div V

Using this relation we obtain

.P.. (tJT) == tJT div V

Dt This may be rewritten as div V


D (tJT)

tJT Dt


This equation shows that t~ divergence of the velocity field give, tire rtIU ofchDnge ofvolume ofa fluid element per unit volume. It thus represents the rate of volumetric strain. It is also known as the dilatation or exteruion. From Eqs. (5.12).and (SolS) we obtain

6-r Dp
Dt or

+ p tJT div V _

Dp .' - + pdivV-O Dt


when expressed per unit volume of (he fluid. This is the required equation of conservation of mass or, simply, the equation of mass~ It is a relation
Fig: 5.3 Illustrating the chan~ in volume of a fluid element.

between the velocity and density fields only. A relation that does not involve any dynamical quantities,-such as forces and pressures, is known as a kinematical relation. Thus the equation of c()nservati~n ofmass is purely a kinematical relation. Consequently, it holds good for the motion of all

the time {Jt. Now, if the velocities at various points ofthe .surface of the element are not all directed outward, the change in volume IS equal t~ the. net volume swept outward by the surface of the eleqtent. If.D dS IS an elemental area on the surfau tJS, n bei~\g the outward normal (Fig. 5.3), t~e net volume swept outward by {JS in time {Jt is given (to the first order m

Substituting from Eq. (5.14) for the material derivative of the density we may rewrite Eq. (5.11) as

- +
or as


tJt) by

where V denotes velocity. Th~s it follows that

ffv ,8


V grad p

+ p div V == 0

{Jt n dS

ap . - + dIV PV. =


.P.. (tJT) ,;",JtV n dS Dt If 68

Now, for an infinitesimally small volume element according to the integral

This equation has an interesting interpretation which we shall see later (Section 6.2). The equation of conservation of mass is also known as the equation ofcontinUity. By continuity we mean physical continuity, implying that the fluid always remains a continuum, that is, as continuously distributed .matter.

5.4 Equation of Energy

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WI ==' -JfPD dS V ==


The law of conservation of energy expresses the balance of energy that take place between a system yd its surroundings. In applying the law to a fluid' in motion we should regard the fluid as a thermodynamic system, assume the existence of the usual thermodynamic variables and take into account all the several processes that may contribute to the exchange of energy between the different fluid elements themselves and between the fluid and its surroundings. Some examples of such processes are: work on the element by the body and surface forces, heat conduction, chemical reaction, radiation and electromagnetic action. For our purposes we shall assume that the 'fluid ,is a nonheat-conducting medium

-ffpv. DdS

where 6S, as before, is the surface of the element. We have assumed, as before, that the fluid is inviscid and, consequently, that the surface forces are only pressure forces. For an infinitesimally small volume element Eq. (5.22) becomes WI == -~ div pV

and that no processes of energy excbange other than the work by body and surface forces take place. Under these assumptions the law of conservation

of energy for a fluid element may ije expressed as rate of increase of energy-t: of a fluid element = rate WI at which work is done on the ele,ment by the body forcel> + rate WI afwhich work is done on the element, at its surface, by the surfaCe forces This is expressed symbolically as -=W1+WI

== -lJT (grad p V + P div V) (5.23) This equation shows that the rate at which work is done by the surface forces is equal to -div pV per unit volume of the fluid and that this rate of work is made up of two parts-Qne part given by -grad p' V represents the rate, per unit volume, at which work is done by the resultant of the surface forces, and .the other part given by -p div V represents the rate, per unit volume, at which work is done on the element due to an increase in its volume. : Recall that div V represents the dilatation. Using Eqs. (5.19), (5.20), (5.21), and (5.23), we obtain

:,[p~(e+ ~I)J =p~f.V....,lJ-rgradp.V-6TpdivV

(5.19) or, since the material derivative of p lJT is zero,


The energy of the fluid is the sum of two parts, one the kinetic energy, a mechanical quantity, and the other the internal ent:rgy, a thermodynamic quantity. We specify the internal energy of the fluid by the scalar field e = .e(r, t), which denotes the internal energy per unit mass at any point r at time i. The kinetic energy of the fluid per 'unit mass is given by the scalar field yt/2. Thus the energy of the fluid per unit mass is equal to
Vi e+2

Plh!2.(e + yt) = Dt 2

pMV -

~gradpV -


Expressing it per unit volume, we may write this equation as

!2.(e + VI) = Dt 2

pf. V - grad p. V -

P V div


This is the required equation of conservation .of energy or, simply, the equation .of energy. It is also referred to as the e~'!lation of total energy. EquatIOn t5.24) may further be reduced to a simpler forin as follows. We form the scalar product of the equation of motion (5.11a) with obtain


Consequently. the energy of the fluid element is given by

E== p 6T(e + ~I)

The rate at which work is done by the body forces is given by WI::;: p 6Tf V


!2.(V?) = f. V Dt 2

grad p' V



This equation, known as the equation of mechanical energy. states that the rate of change of kinetic energy of a l1uid element is equal t~ the rate at which wolil is done by the body forces and the resultant of the surface forces. Subtracting (5.25) from (5.24) we obtain
De p - = -p'd'IV V Dt

TQ the rate at which work is done by the surface forces we assume dtat the ftuid is inVi~d and,. consequently, that the surface forees are only


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which states that the rate of increase of internal energy of a fluid element is equal to the rate at which work is done on the element during an increase in its volume. This simple form of the energy equation is an expression of the first law of thermodynami.cs applied to a system undergoing an adiabatic change of volume, that is, without any heat addition. EquatiQn (5.26) is thus known as the thermodynamic form of the energy equation. It holds good only for a nonviscous, nonheat-conducting fluid. The energy equation introduces the internal energy as an additional unknown in the formulation of the equations of fluid motion. The. list of unknowns is thus increased from five to six, namely V, p, p, e, while the number of equations is brought up to five. It therefore follows that an additional relation between some of these unknowns is needed. Such a relation is provided by the so-called equation of state of the fluid.

where T is the temperature. Since we are presently concerned with the variables e, p, and P, we shaH choose

e = e(p, p)
as the equation of state.


5.6 Equations for an Inviscid Compressible Fluid

Summarizing the precediDg consideratiolls we may state that the motion of an inviscid, non heat-conducting, compressible fluid, which is assu:ned to be a simple thermodynamic system, involves three scalar fields p, p, e and one vector field V as the unknown functions and is governed by the following system of equations:
(l) Equation of motion

5.5 Equation of State

The thermodynamic state of a system is described by a ceJ,"tain number of thermodynamic yariables, such as pressure, density, temperature, internal energy, enthalpy, and entropy. Such variables depend only on the state of the system and are called variables of state. For the complete description of the thermociynC1\u1c state only a few, instead of all, of the state variables are necessary. The number of variables required depends on the nature of the system: it may be a simple system composed of a single fluid or a homogeneous mixture of inert fluids, or it may be a nonsimple system composed of a mixture of reacting fluids. From measurements we realize that for a silnple system the thermodynamic state is completely described by two state variables, whereas for a nonsimple ~ystem a greater number of variables is required. Once the number of variabl~ required for a complete thermodynamic description is known, we can express ~ny of the state variables as a function of a few others chosen as independent variables. The number of these independent variables is simply the number required for complete thermodynamic description~ Such functional relations between s\llte variables are called equations of state. A material medium may be characterized by its equations of state. The actual functional relation implied in an equation of state cannot be determined froni. thermodynamics. It is usually obtained from measurements. For our purposes we shaH assume that the fluid in motion is a simple thermodynamic system. In such a case the fluid may be characterized by equations of state such as



= pf - grad p


(2) Equation of conservation of mass


(3) Equation of energy

+ pdiv V =


De p - = -p d' V IV



(4) Equation of state e = e(p, p) or (5.27)

p = p(e, p)
These equations are known as the equations of inviscid compressible flow. The integration of these equations forms the subject matter of the mechanics of an indscid compressible fluid. Our business is with the mechanics of an inviscid fluid that is incompressible. We shall now introduce the condition of incompressibility and deduce the equations that govern the motion of an inviscid incompressible fluid.
S.7 Condition of Incompressibility

e = e(p, p) p

= p(e, p)

A fluid is said to be incompressible if the volume of every element of the fluid is a constant for all times. Thus, if br denotes, as before, the volume of a fluid element, the condition of incolllpressibility may be expressed in the differential form as

p - p(p, T)


(hdiv V

or simoly as divV = 0

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Eulerian Equations for the Motion of an Ideal Fluid For an incompressible fluid, the energy equation (5.26) becomes


This equation, which is purely a kinematical relation, states that the divergence of the velocity field i~ zero.

De ae - = - + V grad e = 0
Dt at element is


S.8 Conseqaeaces of Ineompressibillty

The assumption Of incompressibility gives ~se to much simplification of the ~uations of fluid ,mechanics. We observe that if the fluid is assumed incompressible, the condition of incompressibility may be added to the equations of motion and mass conservation to, form a system of eqWltions sufficient to solve for the unknown fun~tions. p, p, and V. This means we need not invoke any thermodynamical considerations and additional equations, s,uch as the equation of energy and the equation of state. It thus appears that the assumption of incompressibility reduces the problem of the motion of an inviscid fluid from one in mechanics and thermodynamics to one in mechanics only. As a consequence of Eq. (5.28), the equation of conservation of mass (5.17) becomes Dp ap - = - + V grad p = 0 (5.29)

which states that in an. incompressible fluid the internal energy of any fluid 0 cOllstant for all times. From (5.32) it follows that if at some initial time e is nonunif~rm in space (whence we say the fluid is' again inhomogeneous), then for aU other times there will exist both local and spatial variations of e although the material derivative of e is zero. Howev~r, if at some instant e is uniform in space (whence we say that the fluid is homogeneous), then for all other times both the locai and spatial variations of e vanish independently and (5.32) reduces to

e = const.


Bt:cause of the' condition of incompressibility (5.28) and th~ consequent energy equation (5.32), the total energy equation (5.24) becomes

D V2 p - - = pl V - grad p V Dt 2
which is simply the equation of mechanical energy. We see that for an inviscid, incompressible, inhomogeneous fluid we may solve for p, p, and V from the condition of incompressibility (5.28). the equation of mass conservation (5.29), and the equation of motion (5.lla) independently of the equation of energy (5.32), Onc~ V is known . we may sol~e the energy equation (5.32) to obtain e. Equations (5.28), (5.29), and (5.32) are purely mechanical in nature, and their solution does not involve any thermodynamical considerations. This situation becomes strikingly dear in the case of a homogeneous fluid. For a homogeneous fluid the density is constant and drops out of the unknown functions, thus reducing the initial list from p. p. V to p and V only .. We may solve for these from the condition of incompressibility (5.28) and the equation of motion (5.31). For a homogeneou~ fluid the internal 'energy is' also a constant for all tim~s, Consequently, the internal energy and along with it all thermodynamic considerations disappear. as it were, from ,the problem of the motion of an inviscid. incompressible. homogeneous fluid. Once the fluid is assumed incompressibl~. the pressure becomes purely a mechanical variable, and no thermodynamic significance. may be given to it. This is clearly seen in the case of the homogeneous ,fluid. For an inviscid. incompressible, homogeneous fluid both the density and the int~rnal energy are constant although the pressure varies both in time and in space. There is thus no fllOctional relation between the variable p and the density and the internal energy. For an illuminating explanation of the



This equation expresses the fact that, if! an incompressible fluid, the density of .'ny fluid element is a constant for all times. The equation does not imply that the density is a constant throughout the flow field f~r all times. From Eq. (5.29) it follows that if, at some initial instant, the fluid is inhomogeneous (i.e., one whose fluid elements are of different densities), it will remain inhomogeneous for all oth::r tirTtes and that if the fluid is homogeneous (i.e., one Whose elements are all of the same density) at some initial instant, it will remain homogeneous for all other times. Thus for an incompressible inhomogeneous fluid there will be both local and spatial variations of density although the material rate of change of dej1sity is zero. For an incompressible homogeneous fluid, however, the local and spatial variation vanish independently, and the density is constant in time as well as in space. Thus for an incompressible homogeneous flUid Eq. (:).29) takes the simple form p = const. (5.30) We consider next Euler's equation (5.1la). For an inhomogeneous fluid, the assumption of incompressibility leav,,~ Euler's equation unchanged .. For a homogeneous fluid, however, the ~ssumption of incompressibility. allows one to set p equal ta a constant and to wlte Euler's equation in the simpler form

Q!:::. = I - grad




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concept of pressure in an incompressible ftUid, the reader may consult Sommerfeld (1950).

5.9 Equations for. an Ideal Fluid

Our concern here is with th,e study of the motion of:an inviscid, incompressible, homogeneous fluid, the so-called ideal fluid. Naturally no real'fluid has t~e properties of an ideal fluid. However, as pointed out in Chapter 1, .!lnder certain circumstances many aspects of the motion of a real fluid may be analyzed on the basis of an ideal fluid. As we have.seen, the motion of an ideal flui~ is characterized by pressure and velocity fields only and is governed by the following equations: Condition of incompressibility divY= 0 and Euler's equation
DV =f _ grad Dt

on the nature of the differential equations that are assumed to govern the motion of the fluid. In this sense, for instance, differences exist between the boundary conditions fora viscous fluid and a nonviScou's fluid. We shall concern ourselves with only an ideal fluid.

COIUlitioIl lit II Sou.jb1i4 BoUlUltuy. We assume that the fluid is bounded by an impermeable so1i4 and require that no fluid should therefore penetrate the solid surface. Since, in general, each Clement of the solid surface may be in motion relative t.o the fluid, this requirement may be expressed as the following condition:
At each point of the solid-fluid surface, at every instant, the component normal to the surface of the relative velocity between . the fluid and the solid must vanish. If at any point on the surface V R represents the relative velocity and n the normal to the surface, this condition may be written symbolically as VR

(l!) p


DV aV = Dt at cV + V grad V = at

= 0

on a solid-fluid surface


+ grad -Vi - V x curl V 2

If V and Vs denote, respectiveJ " the velocities of the fluid and the surface, condition (S.34) takes the fe-CIr.
(V-Vs)D=O or

These equations are the basis of all investigations in the mechanics of an ideal fluid. To specify a given problem we must add to these differer).tial equations the so-called initial and boundary conditions. We shall now see how to formulate s~ch cQnditions. 5.10 Initial Conditions Initial conditi<;ms are conditions that describe completely th~ state of the fluid at some instant of time which is referred to as the initial time . .For an ideal fluid a complete set of initial conditions is obtained if the .velocity V and the pressure p are specified at the initial time. .

V D = VS

on a solid-fluid-surface


Equation (S.3S) states that at each point of a solid-fluid boundary. at every instant, the normal component of the velocity of the fluid is equal to the normal component of the velocity of the boundary. If the boundary is formed by a fixed (stationary with respect to a frame fixed in space). rigid solid surface. the velocity of the surface at every point is zero and we obtain V D = 0 on a fixed, rigid solid-fluid surface (5.36) Now. consider a solid-fluid surface. each element of which is in motion relative to the fluid. We represent the surface by the equation
F(r. t) = 0

Boundary Conditions for an Ideal Fluid

Physical conditions that .should be satisfied 6n given boundaries of the fluid are known as boundary conditions. There are several types of boundaries and as such there are various possibilities for the boundary conditions. We consider.two types ofb9I, (I) a solid-jiuid boundary. where the fluid is bounded by a solid surface' and (2) afluid-jiuid boundary. where the fluid is bounded by another fluid or the same fluid in a different state of motion; this boundary is usually referred to as a free s Irface or a free buulldary. The nature and !lumber of the boundary conditIOns depend, 1;0 on the assumptions made with regard to the nature of the fluid. more specificaHy

where F(r, t) is a scalar function of position and time. The normal to the surface at any point oh the surface is then given by

grad F Igrad FI

For example. such a surface may be that of a deformable solid body which IS either stationary or moving through a flowing fluid. Similarly. the surface may be that of a rigid solid body moving through a fluid;


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With this relation for

the boundary condition (5.35) becomes _ (5.37)

V grad F = V s . grad F on F(r, t) = 0

This condition (5.37) may be transformed further irlto a more convenient form. To do this we first show that Vs grad Fis equal to -oF/ot, the local rate of change of the function F(r, t). Consider the scalar field F = F(r, t) and imagine the surface particles of the solid to move in such a field. At eacn Instarit of time, the surface of the solid is given by the surface formed by those points that have a value of F equal to zero at that instant. Thus if we move with the surface particles of the solid, we observe no Change in the function F(r, t). In other words, the change or, equivalently, the total time rate of change in F(r, t) foilowing a surface particle ofihe solid is zero. Since V s is the velocity of any surface particle of the solid, we therefore obtain

on the tangential component of the relative velocity between the ftuid and a solid surface bounding the ftuiq. This means in an inviscid fluid, at a solid-ftuid boundary, the tangential component of the relativfvelocity may assume any value that is consistent with the solution ~f the flow field obtained on the basis of other specified conditions. The fluid thus may slip past the solid boundary. This is in contrast to the situation in a real viscous fhlid. For a viscous fluid, on the basis of experience, we require (for the most part) that at a solid-ftuid boundary, the relative velocity should be zero at a.1l times, that is, both the normal and tang~ntial components of the relative velocity should vanish.
CoNlitioll .t tJ Free S",/tICe, Kinematical conditions similar to those applicable at a solid-ftuid boundary should be satisfied also at any surface that fOrulS the boundary between two different immiscible ftuids or between two different states of motion of the same ftuid. We describe such a surface (which may be deformable and moving), as before, by the equation


- + V s grad F = or
V s . grad F = - -


Fr, t) = 0
Let V 8 denote the velocity uf a y element of the surface, and let V 1 and V t denote the velocities of the aUld on either side of the surface. Requiring that there be no fluid flow across the surface, we- obtain the condition

of ot

Using this relation, we express the condition (5.l7) as

= V8' D

= VI D at each point on the surface F(r, t)

= 0(5.41,>

of = Dt ot


+ V grad F =


F(r, t) = 0


If the solid-fluid boundary is formed by the surface of a stationary rigid solid, the equation. of the boundary becomes
F(r) = 0

where D is the normal to the surface. Expressing n in terms of grad F, we have Vl grad F = Vs grad F = VI grad F on F(r, t) = 0 (5.42) By using relation (5.38), tl1is condition may be expre.ssed by the equations

and the boundary condition (5.39) reduces to

V grad F


at + V grad F = O}



F(r) = 0



F(r, t) = 0


The boundary condition at a solid-fluid boundary is purely a kinematical condition. The condition that we have formulated refers only to the normal component of tile relative velocity between the fluid and the solid. Nothing has been said about the tangential component of the relative velocity. For an inviscid fluid, the one we have assumed, there is no a priori physical requirement that may be used to stipulate a condition
According to the function F(r, t), a vallJe of F is attached to each point of space at any gi~n in'stant. However. only certain points at that instant will ha~!! a value of F equal t_o;z\!ro_ A surface drawn through such points gives at that instant the position of the surface of the' solid.

of + VI' grad F =


If the surface is fixed in space, V 8 is zero, and this surface condition reduces to (5.44) V l D = V 2 Q = 0 on F(r) = 0 !n addition to this kin~matic condition, a dynamic condition has to be satisfied at a free surface. This condition is formulated as follows. Consider any infinitesimal element DdS of the surface and let PI and pz denote the pressures on either side of the element. We assume that the fluid is inviscid. as before. and that there are no cohesil'e forces (such as


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those arising from surface tension). Then, since the surface element is of zero thickness, the condition for dynamic equilibrium of the element becomes It therefore follows that at a free surface


PI = P2

",(r, t)
and express V

=0 =

at every point of the surface at any time. The. kinematic condition at a free surface refers, on either side ,of the surface, only to tne normal component of the relative velocity between the fluid and the surface. As in the case of the solid-fluid boundary no a priori condition can be stipulated for the tangential component of the relative velocity on either side of a free surfate. It thus follows that for a inviscid fluid the tangential compohent of the fluid velocity at any point on one side of a free surface is not equal to tlte tangential component, at that point, of the fluid velocity on the other side of the surface, and that neither of these components is equal to the tangential component of the velocity of the surface at that point. This means the tangential component of the flUid velocity is discontinuous across a free surface. In this sense, a free surface is known as a surface of discontinuity, specifically, a surface of tangential discontinuity. The possibility of such a surface of discontinuity arises solely from the assumption of an inviscid fluid. In a real viscous fluid, although there may be narrow regions of space where the fluid velocity may change very rapidly, a strict discontinuity is impossible.

It therefore follows that in incompressible flow we may set

= grad '1'1

X grad



Thus, in incompressible flow, the vector field V(r, t) may be replaced by two scalar fields. tpl(r, t) and tp2(r, t). It is readily seen that for two-dimensional incompressible flow, Eqs. (4.26) and (4.28) become respectively

u(x, y, t) =

.E.. tp(x, y, t)
(5.47) ox

o vex, y, t) =- - - tp(x, y, t)

u(r, 8, t)

1 = - -0 tp(r, 0, t) roO (5.48)

o v(r, 0, t) = - or tp(r, 0, t)


Conditions at Infinity
The corresponding relations for axisymmetric 'incompressible flow are obtained from Eq~. (4.30) and (4.32) by setting '" = I. In terms of spherical coordinates R, 0, rp we have

In this took we shall consider mostly fluid flows related to the motion of a body through a fluid which is otherwi<;e undisturbed. In such flows, the boundaries of the flow which are at large distances from the body are regarded as being at infinity. Boundary conditions at infinity are usuallv given by prescribing the velocity and pressure at infinity. We may requir~, for instance, that the velocity due to the disturbance of the body be zero, or at least finite at infinity. A more precise specification of the condition depends on the nature of the j!quations governing the fluid motion under consideration.

uR(R, 0, t) =

useR, 0, t) = - - . - - tp(R, 0, t) R SIO oR

In terms of cylindrical coordinates x, r, rp we have

0 tp(R,O, t) R SIO 00 1 0


S.B Stream Functions for Incompressible Flow

We had seen that a flow field may be described !:-y two ,tream functions 'PI(r, I) and tp2(r, I) that are connected to the velocity field V(r, I) by the relation (see Section 4.9) fl(r, I)V = grad 'PI x grad 'P2

u.,(x, ur(x,


10 t) = - - tp(x, r, t) r or



t) = - - -

tp(x, r, t)



Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics Vector PG'leotial Cor Incompressible Flow and Its RelatioD to tbe Stream Functions

Eulerian Equations for the Motion of an Ideal Fluid In terms of cylindrical coordinates x, r,


we have t5.56)

Since the dive.rgence of any curl vector is identically zero, we may express the velocIty field in an incompressible flow for which div V

1 A(x, r, t).= e. - 'f(x, r, t)


== 0


in terms of another vector field A(r, I) such that

Elimination of tbe Body Force from the Equation of Motion for a Certain Incompressible Flow Problem

== curl A

We speak of A as a "vector potential" (see Section2.42). Such a vector potential is naturally related to the streain functions. From Eqs. (5.46) and (5.51) we have Curl A

= grad 'fl x

grad 'f2


Consider two-dimensional motion. Using Cartesians we have

V = (u(x, y, t), v(x, y, 1),0]

Consider the problem offlow due to a body moving through an infinitely extending incompressible homogeneous fluid, ,a problem of most interest to us. Let uc; assume that initially the fluid with the body immersed in it is at rest under the action of body forces f per unit mass. The fluid is later set into motion by lettiog the body move through it. The body forces continue to act on the fluid. Denote by Pia the pressure when the fluid is at rest and by p the pressure when the fluid is in motion. For static equllibrium of t~e fluid we require that
Note that Eq.

shows that r should be irrotational.

'PI = 'f(x, y, t)
V'z = z

pf = gradp" For dynamic equilibrium of the fluid Vie require that DV. - gra d p p= I Dt
f +"

(5,57) the components of A be denoted by A"" Av ' ~z. Equation (5.52) then YIelds the relations


oAw 0'1' ---==U=oy oz oy oA", oA. 0'1' oz - -ox = v = - -ox oA - -oA", 0 = ox oy



where, for generality, we hav~ included a term f" to represent the yiscous force on the fluid element. Using Eq. (5.57) and noting that p does not vary when the flUId moves, we may eliminate -the body force from Eq. (5.58) and obtain

EY. =

_ grad (p - p,,)


satIsfied by having

It is readily verified that since A = A(x, y, t) only, the system t 5. 53 ) is



A(x, y, t)

== (0,0, V'(x, y, t)) =kY;

kV'(r, 0, t)

= -gradp'


+ f"

In cylindrical coordinates r, 0" and z, Eq. (5.54) takes the form

A(r, 0, I)

J'l a similar way the relation between the vector potential and the stream function in axisymmetric incompressible flow rna)' be established. In terms spherical coordinates R, 0, rp., we obtain


where p' is the difference of the pressure in the dynamical situation from the hydrostatic pressure Pli' It thus follows that for the problem under consideration the body force may be dropped from the equation of motion if the pressure in the resulling equalion is regarded as the d(fference of the actual pressure from the hydrostatic. The effect of the body force may be ,accounted for independently by solving the corresponding static problem. It should be borne in mind that the present conclusions are strictly valid for the particular problem considered here.

1 A(R, 0, t) = e" -'-.- V'(R, 0, t)



Alternate Forms of the Equations


Chapter 6

An equation such as (6.1) is usually referred to as the equation of conse~ vation of the quantity G. We shall now specialize this ~quation to ob~m the differential form of the so-called conservation equations (or the motIon of an inviscid fluid.
6.1 CODSenation of ~. . We choose a small element of volume tJ'r fixed in space afld encl~sed y the surfaCe 6S. To set up the equation of change for the mass contamed 10 tJT we assume that the changes in that mass are brought about solely by inflow of mass through tJS. Then Eq. (6.1) takes the form

Alternate Forms of the Equations


In the preceding chapter the differential equations that govern the motion of an inviscid fluid were developed from the point of viCl1W of a moving fluid element. We shall now derive an alternate but equivalent form of these equations from a different point of view, namely that of a definite region of space enclosed by a surface fixed in the flowing fluid. Following this, we 'shall obtain, from the two points of view, integral forms of the equations. We begin by formulating an equation for the change of any fluid quantity contained irta fixed region of stlace.
6.1 Equation of Change

ap~ __ ... -Jj'pV. n dS


at .



V is the so-called mass flux .vector and D dS is an elemental area on 6S, n being t~e outward normal: ~in~ 6T is a fixed v~lume 't may be taken out "of t differentlatton 10 the left-hand SIde of eIemen t , I , I (6.2). Also, for an infinitesimal volume element, the s~rface mtegra on the right~hand side may be replaced by lJT div pV. With these changes (6.2) may be rewritten as lJT..1!. "'" -lJT div pV


Consider a certain region R fixed in the space occupied by a flowing fluid and bounded by a surface S. Let G denote the amount of any fluid quantity, such as mass, mOl\1entum, energy, angular momentum, contained in the region R at any time t. We set up an equation for the change in G by equating aGlat, the rate of increase of Gin R, to the sum of all the changes per unit time in G due tt> different causes. One of the causes by which a change in G may occur is that of production of G in R. When this happens we sa): that there are sources of G in R. We shall assume that there are no sources of G. Another cause by which an increase in G will occur is that of net transport of G into the region R by the fluid flowing into and out of R through the bounding surface. We shall refer to this increase in G as the (net) rate ofinflow of G into R. Changes in G may be brought about by. causes other than transport by the flowing fluid. Depending on the actual quantities under consideration, s~ch changes are a.ccounted for by certain laws ofmec;hanics and thermodynamics. Calling such changes as "other changes" we express the equation of change for G as

or, writing it per unit volume, as

ap =

As we have already Seen (Section 5.3), this .l"orm of the equation of conservation of mass is equivalent to the equatIon Dp


_ div pV


+ p divV =

which was obtained from the point of view of a moving fluid element.


rate of inflow of G into R

6.3 CODSenation of Momeatum To write the equation of change for the momentum of the ~uid, besides the rate of change,due to inflow of momentum, one must take,mto ac~ount the rate of change of momentum of the fluid contained at any Insta.nt In the fixed volume 6'T due :to the body and surfaces acting on that flUId at th.e instant considered. We denote, as before, by f the body force per umt mass of the fluid and assume that the fluid is inviscid. Then the total force acting on the fluid in O'T is simply
pf O'T -

+ other changes of G per unit time




pn dS


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Forms of the Equations


As before, p is the pressure. The net rate of inflow of momentum into the volume 6T is given by - ffV(pV n) dS

The vector div (pVV) may further be expressed in a form that contains only familiar vector operations. Thus we observe that div (pujV) From this we obtain div (pVV)


== ==

pV grad U i

+ uidiv pV + V div pv.



Therefore, for the momentum of the fluid. the equation 'of change (6.1) takes the form

pV grad V

apv 57' t( -at- = -lrV(pV a) dS


it + pr 57' pn dS


Using relation (6.6) and remembering that for an infinitesimal volume element


The term. in (6.5) representing the rate of inflow of moinentum may be expressed in different forms. To show this we introduce a Cartesian system with el el, es as the reference unit vectors and form the ith component of the term (b.4). W: thus obtain C,offV(pV n) dS -ffUj(pV n) dS
0 0

ffpn dS


57' grad p

Eq. (6.S) may be expressed~ per unit volume of the fluid. as

apv ....-div (pVV) at

+ pf -" grad p




-!f(PUiV) a dS


where U j is the ith component of V. For an infinitesimal volume element we have

This equation is usually referred to as the equation of conserva~ion of momentum. The dyad4c pVV is called the momentum flux tensor. USIng the relation (6.7) and the equation of change for mass (6.3), Eq. (6'8) may Qe reduced to the form

,{f(PU;V) adS - 57' div (pu/V)


p(~~ + V

grad V)

pf - grad

which is the equation of motion for a moving fluid element .

It then follows that



dS = fJT[e l div (pu1V)

+ ~ div (pu.V) + ~ div (PIl'aV)]

Introducing the notation that div(pVV) represents a vector such that c/o div (pVV) we write ffV(pV a) dS = 57' div (pVV)

== div (pujV)

6.4 CODSe"ation of Energy To write the equation of change for the energy of ~he fluid, besides the rate of inflow of energy, we must account for additIOn of energy to the fluid in the fixed volume {JT due to several other pr~cesses .. We assume, as before that the fluid is nonviscous and nonheat-conductIng and that no proces~s other than the work by body and surface forces take place. T~e rate at which work is done by the body and surfaces forces on the flUId contained in 6'1' is


A product such as AB between two vectors is known as a dyadic prodMct. A dyadic product ~B is a tensor. the elements of which are given by

V -,{fPV

n dS

The rate of inflow of energy into the volume is

where A, and BJ are ith and jth components of A and B, respectively. The subscripts refer to the directions of the axes of the chosen coordinate system and may take any of the values I. 2. 3. The divergence of a dyadic product is a vector.


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Alternate Forms of the Equations


where e, as before, is the internal energy per unit mass of the fluid. Therefore, for the energy of the fluid, the equation of change (6.1) takes the fomi

(3) Energy

:, p( e + ~I) ~ == -{fp( e + ~I)V' D dS


:t fff p(

+ ~I) dT ==

-{fp( e + ~I)-V' n dS

+ ~pf. V -

{f pV 0 dS (6.9)


pf. V dT - {fPV' n dS


Recalling that for an infinitesimal volume lJT {fA. D dS -lJTdiv A



Eq. (6.9) may be exp~ssed, per unit volume of the fluid, as

a (VI) . ( VI) a; pe + 2" == -dlv pe +. 2" V + pf. V -

Equations (6.11) to (6.13) are referred to as the integral form of tire con-servation equations for an Inviscid fluid. In the left-hand side of each of these equations, the partial derivative may be taken inside the integral'sign for R is a fixed volume,. The integral relations (6.11) to (6.13) may be reduced to the differential form by assu~ing that the functions involved !have sufficiently many derivatives in the region R and letting the volume of the region R tend to zero or, as is usually done, by applying the general integral relations


div pV


This equation is usually referred to as the equation of conseroation of energy. The vector pee + (VI/2)]V is known as the energy flux vector. Using the equation of change for mass (6.1), Eq. (6.10) may be reduced to the form

{f~ dS

iJA. DdS

-"Iff == fff

grad 4> dT div A dT

pDt + VI) == pf. V ..... div pV '!!"(e 2

wh.ich is the equation of energy derived from the point of view ofa moving flUId element. . 6.5 . Integral Fonn of the Equations ftom the Point of View of a Fixed Region of Space In the preceding sections we obtained the differential form of the equations of change for mass, momentum, and energy by -considering. a small fixed volume of space in the flowing fluid. Instead of a small region we now consider a finite region R of space enclosed by a surface S fixed in the flowing fluid. The equations of change then take the following form: (I) Mass

6.6 Integral Form of the Equations from the Point of View of a FInite Fluid Region In the last chapter we derived the equations of mass, motion, and energy from the point of view of a moving fluid element. If, instead of a fluid element, we follow a finite fluid region, we obtain these equations in an integral form. By a fluid region we mean a region that is composed of the same fluid elements for aI/ times. Sl,lppose that at some instant of time we mark out a certain region R of the fluid as that enclosed by a surface S. If the surface moves with the fluid such that it always passes through the same fluid elements, it will always enclose the same fluid elements. Thus the surface S is a fluid surface and the region R it encloses is a fluid region. In general, the shape and size of a fluid. region change as the region moves with the fluid. Now, applying the law of constancy of mass, the second law of Newton, and the law of energy conservation to a fluid tegion R enclosed by a fluid surface S, we obtain the following equations:
(I) Mass

:, fff

3T ==

(2) Momentum

-{fPV' DdS s




pV ciT

-{fV(PV' D) tiS -f..


pf tiT






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Alternate Fonns of the Equations


(2) Mo;;on

(3) Energy



pV dT ==


III d~ -ffpn



where, as before. Q == Q(r. t) denotes per 'nit mass of the fluid any quantity associated with the fluid. Another way, which is more direct and simple. is based on the foHowing interpretation of:the material derivative of



~tJII p( e + ~I) dT ==

III pf. -ffpv.

V dT
Rill 8(1)



6.7 Rate of Change of'. Quantity Following a Fluid Region

Let 5 denote the bounding surface of a certain fluid region at ttie time (Fig. 6. I). In a short time intervallJI thereafter the different fluid elements composing the fluid region ~ove to new locations. Let 5' denote the bounding surface of fhe fluid region at time I + {)t (Fig. 6.1). Denote by

The notation R(I) and 5(1) are used to emphasize that we are dealing with a fluid region and a fluid surface. In each of these equations the left-hand side represents the rate of change of the total amount of a quantity associated with the fluid that is contained in the fluid surface 5 at some instant; the rate of change is computed following that portion of fluid, that is, following the flu~d surface 5 or, equivalently, the fluid region R. Such a rate of change may generally be represented as

:~III pQ dT


where Q == Q(r, I) is any fluid quantity (scalar or vector) specified per unit mass of the fluid. Now, although the volume R(I) changes with time, the mass contained in'that volume is a constant for all times. Therefore we temporarily change the volume integral in (6.17) into an integral over the mass by writing p dT == tOn and obtain .!!.fffpQ dT



Dt f

Q dm ==



f J!. Dt

(Q dm)

Fjg. 6.1 Illustrating the computation of the rate of Change of a quantity following a fluid region.



Since the mass dm of a fluid element is a constant for all times, this relation becomes (6.18)

R the volume enclosed by the surface S and by R' the volume enclosed by S'. If Q == Q(r, I) denotes per unit mass any quantity (scalar or vector) associated with the fluid, by definition we have

~tIfI pQ dT == 1:~~'[fIf pQ dT - fff pQ dTJ


By using this relatiol.1, the left-hand side of each of the equationc: (6.14) to (6.16) may be represented as a volume integral. The equations obtailled in thiS section are equivalent to the equations obtained from the point of view of a fixed region of space (see Section 6.5). One way to show this is by means of the !eneral relation I p DQ

where. as before, R(I) denotes the volume of the moving fluid region. We introduce temporarily the notation

Dt == .! ot


+ div PQV


G(R', I

t) == Iff + 1St) == Iff


pQ dT pQ dT


IdeaPFluid Aerodynamics with the obvious meaning that G represents the total amount of the quantity cO:lcerned in the volume under consideration. With this meaning for G, and referring to Fig. 6.1, we write

Alternate Forms

or the



6.8 Eqaatioas of CIIMge for _ Ideal fluid

For an ideal fluid, the density and internal energy are constant for all

times and the equations of change take, the following forms:

(1) Differe1ltial form of the equations (see Eqs. 6.3, 6.8,6.10, respectively)
Mass: div V - 0

+ .5/) == G(R, t + .51) + G{A, 1 + t51) G{R, t

G{B,I ... .5t)

Now, to the first order in .51, we have

+ .5t) == G{R, t) + [a-G{R, t)]

G(A, t




p av

+ .5t) -

G{B; t

+ .5t) == the net outflow, during the time .5t, or G

through the surface S fixed' in the flow field


... _ p div (VV) + pf -- grad p

_ - pV grad V

+ pf -

grad p


=-.5t It therefore follows that


p -'VI _ -pdiv '(VI V) -


-. + pfoV -dlv pV


Q{pV n) dS


_ pV grad 0


+ pf. V -

V grad p

~tIII pQ dT == :rIII pQ dT +
RW R fIxed

III a~;


If + If
S fixed

(2) 11Itegral form of the~fIUltions (see Eqli. 6.11; 6.12, 6.13, respectively)
Q(pV. n) dS


Q{pV n)




This equation expresses the significant result tha.t the material rate of change of the total amount of any quantity associated with the fluid which at any instant is contained in a surface S fixed in space is equal to the sum of two parts, (I) a part that is the local rate of change of the total amount of the quantity in the fixed volume R enclosed by the surface Sand (2) a part that is the net outflow per unit time of the quantity concerned through the surface S fixed in the flowing fluid. The differential form of (6.20) is simply

III ~~

d" -

-pV(V. D) dS

pIIf, ifpa
dT R B



III :t(~I)

dT - -p

~ ~I V 'DdS

6.9 Rate of




p DQ

== apQ + div pQV


CIIaaae of a QaaatIt.y F....... a Mmag Rep. of s,.c.

which is Eq. (6.19} Using (6.19) and (6.20) we may readily show that the equations derived from the point of view of a moving fluid element or fluid region are equivalent to the equations of change (the so-called conservation equations) derived the p0int of view of a fix~d, infinitesimal or finite, volume of space. In particu!3r, we observe that the equation of Change for the momentum is indeed an expression of Newton's second law of motion.

In Section 6.7 we considered the totaltilht rate of cIlange of. a quantity following. a fluid region. We nOw inquire' into the total ti~e of change of a quantity foUowi8g a region that niovts, with an arbitrary velocity different from that of th& fluid. In other words, let, us consider the situation in which the moving region is not a fluid region. , Let S denote the surface of a region R v.:hich moves through a scalar 0,' vector field A == A(r, t). Let the velocity of an element of the surface S tw.


,Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics

Alternate Forms of the Equations

denoted by~. In general ~ varies over S. The region R and the enclosing surface S are functions of time, and they do l10t in general retain their shape or size: R == R(/) and 5 ~ 5(/)

to first order in


With these results it follows that

A dT

:t III
, RId

== ==

III ~~dT + if A~
Y. S


~e ask. fo~ the total time rate of change of the quantityff.JA(r, I)

Tbjs rate

glvea by

for the material


ifI ~~


+ A~ d5


If the region is a fluid region, the surface Moves With the fluid; ~ equals the fluid velocity V. Equation 6.22 then redUces, as it should, to (6.20)


derivativ~ of



Denote by V. the volume of space occupied by R at time I and by VI that occupied by R at time I + Ill. We have



Illustrating ,be rate

III A - Ifr~(r, dT dT IIf Ad,. -III A(r, t + 6t) dT


quaDtity rollowing moviDg regiOD.

or cban&e or a


For simplicity, suppt>se that at time tthc velocity ~ is directed outward all around the surface of R; then VI encloses V. as shown in Fig. 6.2. We write

Iff A(r, t + Ilt) dT - III A(r,


Ilt) dT

IIf ...4(r, t + Ill) dT


Furthermore, we have


A(r, t

Ill) dT ..


A(r, I)

~~ 61] dT

tofust order in 61 and A(r i ,

+ Ill) dT _


the ~mount .0fA swept by the surface of R dunng the time Ilt
Ilt times the rate at which the surface of R sweeps the field anhe . mstant t

... IJt(ffA~. dS)


Equatioos of DiIcontinuous Motion


Chapter 7

Equations of Discontinuous Motion

In Chapter S we saw that at afree surface the tangential-component of the luid velocity is discontinuous across the surface. In this sense the motion is discontinuous and the free surface is a discontinuity surface. In general,

a discontinWty surface (or silnply a disc01,llinuity)ls any surface across which the motion is discontinuous, that is, ross which jumps '"to!. occUr in any 0/ fire fluid properties. We now' investigate in a g~neral way the type of
discontinuous motion that is possible in the low of an ideal fluid. For this, purpose we assume that a discontinuity is present in the flow and inquire into the relations that must be satisfied by the fluid properties across the discontinuity io that the motion obeys the basic Iaw~ f fluid flow. The discontinuity surface may be stationary (i.e., fiXed ltlative to a fixed observer) or it may be in motion, the velocity of any element of the surface being in general different from that of the luid on either side Qf it. We shall consider both tf!ese cases. In the following we treat first the motion of an ideal fluid, and in that context we sball assume that the density and the internal. energy are.:onstant throughoUt the flow field for all times. The case of an inhomogeneous incompressible inviscid fluid is then considered.

.... 7.1

s~ diaioDtiDbity iD 1teaCl111oW.

, For this purpose we c~se. as shown in Fig. 7.2. a -region R that is fixed in space ano contains the discontinuity such that the discontinuity separa~ R into two parts. According to the integral fon'll of the -con.: servation equations for an iclea1 fluid (see Section 6.5),we bve

Conservation olmass

,j} V D'dS 8


7.1 A Stad*" DIIcoatIuIty Ia SteMy Flow Let the sdce D denote a stationary dUcontinuity in a steady flow field
(see FIg. 7.1). We designate one side of the surface as the positive side and the other as the negative side and intrQCiuce the following notation
Dl denotes the positive side of the surface D, denotes the negative side of the surface .. dS denotes any surface element on Dl -Ii.. dS denotes the corresponding surface element on D, VI and PI denote velocity and pressure at all)' point on Dl V, and p, denote the velocity and pressure ,at the corresponding point

Conservation of momentum

p,{fV(V. n) dS;'" -if 'PD dS + pIffr d'T

8 8 8


of energy

pff~' (V. D) dS ,8


8 .

pV D dS

p f V d'T Iff


. ~ problem is to derive, according to the-basic laws of fluid motion, the ,relations between VI,PI and V.. P'~

-where S is the fixCcl sunace enclosing R. , The boundary of the discontinuity marks out the surface S into two distinct parts, whic ~e denote by '~l and ~. ' Introd~cing t& and 1:.. we express each of tile surface integral'ln the Eqs. (7.1) to (7.3) as the sum of


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Equations of Discontinuous Motion



Now, because the relations (7.4) to (1.6) hold for.any arbitrary portion of the surface D, they reduce to the following co~ditions: )dS -



+ ff(


COffServatlon' o/mass
(VI - Va> n,z- 0
or' (7.1)

The conservation .equations are valid nO matter ~ow small ~he regio~ R is. We therefore perform a limiting process by lettIng the regIOn R shrmk to the discontinuity surface D;. In such a limiting process ~1 tends to D1 ,

VID. -

V - .t.say,. ....

Conservation Conservation

0/ momentum 0/ energy
PA(VI - Va> - (P. - P~ AV.I) - (i.P. - API)



TheSe conditions must be satisfied at eau:h point of the discontinuity. Equation (7.7) states that (V I - Va> is perpendicular to D. whereas Eq. (7.8) states that if A" O. (VI - VJ is parallel to D". Therefore it follows that the solution of (7.7) apd (7.8) is

1- VI' a. == V. .. =- 0



Equation (7.9) is then automatically satisfied. From (7.10) we infer that


Fluid region containing a ui~ontinuity.

there is no jlow acron the sur/ace ulid thilt the tangential compone,!t' of the .fluid velocity is discontinllOus arross ~t; in other words, the surface D is a tangential discontinuity. We, thus conclude that only a tangential discontinuity is possible in the steady jlow of an idealJIuid.
7.2 A MoYing

~i tends to D 2 , and the volume in.tegrals in (7.2) and (7.3) tend to zero.
. Thus we 'obtain the following relations:

DiscoDtiaaity iD

tile :UDSteady

Flow of aD Ideal Flaid

Consert'4tion of ma.~s
ff(V 1 - V2) 0lt dS = 0


Conservation of momentum


[V1(V 1 tl)

-(v 2(V f' Dd)] dS =

f/(Pl - P~)Od dS


.Jl C;onS4Na1irm


of ellergy

CV1J('\I; tid) -

V22!V~. Olt)] dS = - ff(P1V, - 'P2Vt}' na dS



We now take up the more general case where the discontinuity surface is mov;"g through the ftow field which is unsteady. Let l; denote the velocity of any element of the surface; This velocity may, in general, be nonuniform over the surface. We.'use the same scheme as before to de~ribe tile two SIdes of the discontinuity and the ftuid quantities on its' two sides. We choose, as shown in Fig. 7.2, ajluld region R that contains the discontinuity D such that it separates R into two distinct parts, Rl and R I Also, the boundary of D marks out the surface S enclosing K into two distinct parts, l:1 and ~.. We note that R, R 1 , R., S'~I; ~. are all functions of time. Now, according to the integral form of the basic equatiDns
Note that now R is not fixed in space~ being a ftuid region it moves with the.

EquatioDSol Discontinuous MOtiOD

aoveming the motion of an idtill fluid (see Section 6.6), we have

velocity of any element. olthesurfacc 0(/). each of the Eqs. (7.1.2) to (7.14) is of the form (7.12) of cha~ge. of we wrIte


Now. the left-.handside of

Condition o/l!rcompreuibillty




where Q may be I or pV or P(V1/2). This is silJlply the total time rate

:t Iff p p IfI :t
dT Rill RUI

dT - 0

nu. reduces to Eq. <7~2).


p~f.IJv dT Dt

,IfffdT -if padS . - pIIf +fl dS ~ ff". dS


Using Eq.

f dT







:t IffQ :t fIfQ + : fffQ (7. If S1(t) :tIfIQ -= III~~ +II Q~. dS = Iff ~~ +If dS -II Q1~ ..... dS(7.17)
Q dT

fff ~t fff

Q dT following the time-dependent region R(t). Hence


dT -




. Rill


t Raltl


and denoting by

the surface enclosingR~ we.obtain








.~ :tJff Vi PT-PIfff VdT 11'"

_pIlI :tIII(


if dS
pV D




where Q1 signifies a fluid quantity on the positive side D of the .discontinuity. Similarly: we obtain 1 . pV.

f V dT -:



pV D

dS -II



,,~ IIf Q dT = Iff. ~; dT +fI QV

RaW Rai II I.W

dS +IIQ.t; ..... dS


mil ~II ~d now Wish to express the left-hand sideo.f each o( these equations in terms of volume and surface integrals related to the regions Rl and R I For this purpose we note that


whe~e ~I signifies. ~ 'fluid quantity on the negative side D. of.tho contlDulty. ComblDlDg (7.17) and (7.18), we obtain the result ..


:tIII< .)



~tIIf-Q dT - Iff ~~ dT +fI QV D dS -ff Ql~ ...... dS

R(II II(/)


/., a1thgugh th. region R is a fluid region, the .regions Rl and ~I are not.
This is SO because the surface Dl (or DJ. whIch forms a portIon of the surface that ellcloses the region Rl (or R.). is not a fluid surface.. ~n vie~ of this we proceed as follows. We recall (see Section 6.9J that If pet) IS a (m.oving) time-dependent region of space in a scalar or vector field Q(r, t), the total time rate .of change of the integral the rqion P(t) is given by







~ IfI QdT


Q(r, t) dT following

:, fff J4:, fff




~ffI Q d-r = Iff ~~ dT + ~ Q~. DdS

1'( II

f;:>r RI(t) is not a fluid region. Similarly.


~ Iff QdT ~

:t ffI


where air) is the time-dependent surface of the region pet) and { is the


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Now, we rewrite the left':'band sides of (7.12) to (7.14) in the form expressed by (7.19) and perform a limiting proce&s in which the region R is allowed to shrink to the discontinuity surface D. The surface~1 tends to D 1, the surface ~.tends to D., ~nd the volume integrals tend to zero. In this way we obtain the following relations:
Condition of incompreuibility


II[(V1 - ~ "~-(V. Motion'


~.~] dS == 0



Equation (7.25) is then automatically satisfied. Equations (7.26) and (7.27) show that there is no ftow across the discontinuity surface, that the tangential component of the fluid velocity . is discontinuous across this surfaCe and is" different on either side of the surface from the tangential component of the velocity of the surface. Thus the discontinuity is a tangential discontinuity. We therefore conclude that in the motion of an ideal fluid only a tangential discontinuity (whether stationary or moving) is all that is possible. For a stationary discontinuity, that is, for ~ equal to zero, (7.26) reduces to
VI Del

II {VI[(VI -

~ .....] -

V.[(Vi, -

~. aJ} ds


If<Pa -- ,va. as

== V. nel == 0


which is precisely Eq. (7.10) derived in the previous section. Equation (7.10) applies to a moving discontinuity if we replace the fluid velocity V by the relative velocity (V - ~ between the fluid and the moving dis. continui.y.
7.3 Disc.ontinuity In "the Flow of an Inhomogeneous Incompressible Fluid

~ If {Vll[(VJ - ~ -.1 D

V.[(V. -

~). aJ} dS

fI(P.V. - P1

V l).

~ dS


Since the relations (7.20) to (7.22) hold for any arbitrary portion of the surface D, they reduCe to the following conditions:
Condition of incompressibility (Vl- ~).~ .. (l1:a- ~.~ - A, say

(Vl- V.).DeI Motion Energy


(7.24) (7.25)

Wt; now investigate the possibility of discontinuou~ motion in the flow of an inhomogeneous, incompressible, inviscid fluid. We consider a moving discontinuity in the flow of such a fluid and adopt the same notation as in the foregoing section to describe the necessary details of the flow field (see also Fig. 7.2). In the motion of an inhomogeneous, incomp'ressible, inviscid fluid, the density and the Internal energy vary, in general, with time and position although the volume of any fluid region is preserved for all times (recall Sectton 5.8). The equations governing the motion of such a fluid region R(t) containing the discontinuity (Fig. 7.2) are
Condition of incompressibility

~tJJJdT == 0


These conditions 'must be satisfied at each point of the discontinuity. From (7.2~) and (7.24) we infer that

1- <':1


Del -

(VI - ~. ~

== 0


Ii; JjJpV dT

fff pf ff
dT Ru)




1deaJ.;F1ul4' AerOdy1Wnk:S

Equations of







~') d.,



Vd~--ffpV adS

Wet, ~te

the Icft-hand sioe of eac;h of th* equauons 4n the form

~pr:es!'.ed byJiq. (7.1~).ancl~9.nn. the -limiting proc:edu"'e. ~. before. in whic:h. the: region .R is allowed to~,* tp the diSCQntiDuily surface D. We thus .obtain the iollowiDg' relations:

In view of the considerations given in this cbap~r we conclude that in the flow of an inviscid, incompressible fluid, the only possible type ofa f~ surface (i.e., a fluid-fluid boundary)' is one of tangentialdiscon~nuity. Sharp discontinuities as envisaged here are a conseql,lence of the assump-tion that the fluid is invi~d (Le., the viscosity if zero) and, therefore, should not be expected to appear in the flow of a viscous fluid, When

Corulilion of InttmIpreuibility



...... -


o a"J"dS ==0'


fJ[Pl(Vl -~,... ';"P.(V. -:~) ....1dS.= 0 .



N.rrow rIlion thrOUlh wIlich veloclty of the streamch'lI&es from Out ult

IflPi:VJ,(.V~"'" ~60~


~~)-DdJdS"""ff(P. ~.~1I.S



rffpl(e + )V -'t;)...,1- PI(" + ~)[(Y.... ~)~ailJas -Sf(PIVI -:- plV1) D4 dS


Fig. 7.3

Example of a region of vorticity in a real ftuid.

Since these relations hold. for any arbitraryponion of the ,slid'ace D.*hey ~educe to the.followingcondiqons:
Condition of incompressibility
(VI - ~). n" = (V, - Q. D"

PI "'Pl
The equation!; of mass and energy are automatiCally satisfied. We thus conclude that in the motion of an inviscid incompressible .fluid:" 'hetherit ;s

homogeneous or inhomogeneous), a. tangential di$~ontinuity (whether stationary' or mov;,,; viis all tlrat ;., possible.. The. conditions to be satisfied across the discontimiity are giveD in general by Eqs. (7.26) and (7.27)

finite viSCOSity, no matter how small, is taken into account, .a sharp discontinuity is impossible. In the motion of a viscous fluid one, however, observes regions through which the velocity changes rapidly. An example of such a region is illustrated in Fig. 7.3. The region is a region of rotational motion or, equivalently, a region of voticity. In the formulatIOn of theoretical models for realfluid flows involving such regions of vorticity, one generally idealizes them as sharp discontinuities. In this sense, a discontinuity is a surface of concentrated vorticity and we refer to it as a . wrtex surface or l"ortex sheet. In ideal fluids ['ortex sudaces and discontinuities art! in in fact identic,!l. Vortex surfaces are employed in the analysis of many physical problems, in partIcular, of the problem of lift. We ~hail thus be concerned a great deal with flows involving vortex sheets. There are many properties as~ociated with such flows and we shall learn about them in their proper context (see Chapters 17 to 19). In real flows the narrow regions 0f vorticity originate generally 'thl;


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solid surfaces present in the flow. The so-called boundary-layer region close to the solid surface and the extension of that region after it leaves the surface art usually narrow regions of vorticity. The region of vorticity that extends from the solid surface does not. retain its shape permanently. It usually rolls up and forms so-called discrete vortices. The appearance of such vortices changes the flow field from' thllt associated with the presence of only a narrow vortex region. This should be borne in mind when one formulates the theoretical models of real flows It can be shown that a discontinuity surface in an ideal fluid is unstable to any small disturbance. By this we mean that if a small ~isturbance, ~n the shape of the surface for instance t is introduced, the disturbance wIll continue to grow with time and thus completely alter the shape of the discontinuity. . We CQnclude this chapter with a lew remarks about the. type of .dlScontinuity surface possible in the motion of a r:t0nviscous, but compressible, fluid. The investigation in this case may be carried out in the same manner as done for the incompressible fluid. We then find that there are two possibie type:; of discontinuities, (1) a tangential disconti?uity as defined before and (2) a ."ormcl disco"tinuity, where the tangential component of the fluid velocity is continuous across the disconti~uity whi~e the normai component of the velocity, the pressure, a~d the denstty (as well as the other thermodynam\c quantities) are discontinuous. Furthermore, we fic.d that, so as to satisfy the second law of thermodynamics, the normal discontinuity can occur only in a certain range of flow speeds (namel~ in the range C'f the so-called supersonic speeds) and only as a ~mp~ss~on diSC()ntinuity, t.hat is, as the so-called shock. Across a shock dlscontinul~, the pressure and density increase in the direction of the flow velOCity measured relative to the di~ontinuity while the normal component of the relative velocity decreases.

Chapter 8

Integration of Euler's Equation in Special Cases

b t!lis chapter we shall consider bricOy the question of integration of the equations that govern the motion of an ideal fluid. First we shall outline some of the mathematical features of the equations and then shall see how under certain drcumstances it is possible toform an integral of Euler's equation. We shall find that there are two cases when this is possible. (1) When the booy forces are irrotational and th.e motion is steady, integration is possible along a streamline. (2) When the body forces are irrotational and the motion iuelfls without rotation, integration is possible in any direr.tion and for unsteady motion. These results naturally suggest that we inquire into the conditions under which fluid moti9ns are irrotational. This we shall do in the next chapter.

8.1 Mathematical Character of the Eqaatioas

The differential equations governing the motion of an ideal fluid are

(1) Condition o/incompressibiljty

divV = 0 which in Cartesians takes the form (8.ta)
(2) Euler's equation

- +



grad -


~ V x curl V

== f - - grad p p



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which in Cartesians is expressed by the three scalar equations:


OV av OV Of, 1 OD - + u:...... + v- + w- -It __ .:L


+ u ou "t ,V~ -+ ,,...f! =1. _!.~

0:1: 011


p 0:1:

ow a,, ow iw 1 - + u-- +v- + w- =1. __ aD .:L












where u. v. ware the components of V and h.!..J. are the compollents off. The velocity field V(r, t) and the 'pressure field p(r. t) constitute four scalar unknowns. To determine these the system of four equations expressed by (8.1) and (8.2) are to be solved simultaneously together with specified initial and boundary conditions. We characterize these equations with the folloWing remarks. Since the'equations involve mote thanone.independent variablt, they forot a system of partial' differential ~ti(}ns. The iricompressibility condition'invol~$ thTee dependent variables {i.e., the velocity 'components) and three independent variables (the space coordiriates), while the equati'on of motion involves four- dependent variables (Le., the three velocity com}Jon~ts and 'flie pressure) with four independent variables (the space coordinates and titne)~ The ihtegratibnot partial differeritialequations is a more difficult problem mathematicaUy tha. that of ordinary differential equations. The order of a differential equatiohis given by the order of the highest derivative that appears in the eauation. Thus all four equations we have are of the first order. A differential equation is said to be I;n~ar if no nonlinear terms, that is, :products or powers of the unknowns and lor their derivatives, occur in the equation. if such products and powers appear, the equation is nonlinear. We notice that the incompressibility condition (8.1) is linear, whereas the Euler's equation (8.2) is nonlinear. The nonlinearity of this ~quation is due to the so-called convection terms in the acceleration: grad or in Cartesians

independent solutions is also a solJltion, and that, therefore. we can build a complete solution by simply superposing various particular solutions. Thisprinciple oJsuperposition cannot be used incase ofa nonliQear equation. Thus ,there is no general way by which, we may atfempt to solve the equations (8.1) and (8.2). In such a situation we may adopt alternative methods involving numerical inteltratioJl or transformation of variables or approximations leading to linearization of the eqtlations,. These pro-' cedures, however, will not concern us in our present studies. Fortunately, the problem of motion of an ideal fluid takes on a different aspect than that of solying simultaneously the. condition of incompressibility and the nonlinear Euler's rquatlon. It turns out, as we shall show in the next chapter, that for an ideal fluid under the actIOn of rotation free forces all motions started from a state of rest are permanently irrotational. This is very significant mathematically. When the angular velocity field is permanen~ly zero, curl V is zero and the term V x curl V in the acceleration vanishes leaving the e4'lation of motion in a form that can be integrated once and for all (see equation below). The velocity field when irrotational may be replaced by a scalar field; <I> = <I>(r, t) say, by setting V = grad <1>. This permits the integration of the equation of motion, reducing the problem to that of determining <1>. A single scalar equation is all that is then necessary to solve for <1>, and this turns out to be, using the incompressibility condition (8.1), nothing but Laplace's equation

V!(J) = 0
This means th~t in the irrotational motion of an ideal fluid we can solve for the velocity field (i.e., for <1 independently of the equation of motion! Another significant factor is that Laplace's equation is linear. This means that in the analysis of ideal-fluid motion mathematical difficulties associated with nonlinear partial differential equations drop out of the picture. In fact, a great amount of mathematical knowledge already gathered becomes available. 8.1 Integration of Euler's Equation in Steady Rotational Motion


- V x curl V
and so forth

For steady motion Euler's equation becomes grad (

V2 p) 2" +; -

V x curl V



ou au ou u-+v-+w-- ' . ax oy az

The integration of nonlinear differential equations is a very difficult problem. In, fact, there is no general theory yet available for such equations. In case ef a linear eqwttion we find that the sum of two

We observe that integration of this equation becomes possible if it is carried out along a streamline and if the body force f is assumed irrotational. The vector given by the term V x curl V in the acceleration is normal to V, Since the direction of a s:reamlin~ at any point is that of the velocity vector at that point, it foHews that (V x curl V) . ds is zero if ds is taken


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along a streamline. Thus, taking the scalar product of (8.3) with ds element of a streamline, we obtain grad

(~I + ;) . cis -

I. cis . along a streamline


We assume that the body force is an irrotational/orce field and set

the varwtion pf H, is related ~o curl V, the vorticity (or, equivalently, the an ular velocity) field of the fluid motion. From this r.quation i~ follows that grad H, is zero if curl V is zero or if curl V is parallel t9 V. In ,either case H, becomes a true constant throughout the flow field. To obtain the variation 0/ H,/rom streamline to streamline, let us consider a streamline and form the component of (8.8) in'a direction normal to
curl V

1= grad


where fj is a scalar function of position. In the problems we shall deal with, the body force consists of only gravity force and this is irrotational. Using (8.4) and (8.5) we obtain grad This shows that grad ( "2+;-U

(~I :+ e. - iJ) . tis p,

0 along a streamline





Illustrating the spatial variation

or H.

is a vector normal t.o the streamline. Equation (8.6) integrates to

V p - +--

U .... const. - H..

the streamline. Thus, if D denotes the normal to the streamline at any point on it (see Fig. 8.1), we obtain (8.7)
- ' .... D

say, along a streamline

This is known as the Bernoulli's equation along a streamline. The constant H, is not a constant that has the same value for the entire space filled by the fluid. In general, it changes from one streamline to another. In this sense H, is a/unction 0/ poSition, although along a streamline it is a' constant. We now obtain an eq~ation that gives the change of H, in space.

oH on

grad H,


x curl V

.... D X

V curl V

8.3 Spatial VariatioD 01 H,

For steady motion, and assuming as before that the body force is irrotational, Euler's equation may be written as grad ( or as grad H, = V,x curl V where H, (8.8)

where aH,/on is "the spatial rate of change of H, in the direction D. The unit v<=Ctor D is normal to V. Therefore the magnitudeof D x V is simply V. Choo ing a unit vector b such that the vectors V. p, and b in that order form ~ right-hand system (Fig. 8.1), we write

Equation(8.9) then takes the form

2" + p -


U .... V x curl V


aH, __ V(b. curl V)



Since the angular velocity w is half of curl V, this equation may also be expressed as

="2 +; -

aH, on

-2V(b. w)


,From equation (8.8) it immediately follows that H, is a constant along a streamline and is indeed the constant introduced in (8.7). Equation (8.8) is the equation that determines the spatial variation of H,. It shows that

This shows that there is no variation of H, from streamline to streamline if the angular velocity is zero, that is, if the motion is irrotational..' In other words, if the motion is irrotational, .he Euler equation may be Integrated


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once and for all. As we shall sec in the next section, this is tru~ even for unsteady motion.

8.4 Integration of Euler's EquatiQn in Irrotational Motion

As we shall learn in the next chapter, for the motion of a fluid ~o be irrotational it is necessary that the bod} force r be irrotational. Thus we assume that r is irrotational and set it, as before, equal to grad V. We now assume thai the motion is irrotalional, that is, that curl V = 0 and, consequently, that the velocity may be expressed as
V = grad 11>


aynamicsaltd jll u~ f()r the Solution' of numer~us technical problems in aerodynamics; ~draulics, hydraulic machinery, and so On. We wish to point out at this sUlJ!e that the foregoing discussions in Sections 8.2 to 8.4 have been carried out without any recourse to a coordinate description, and tbe cnnclU~UlnS drawn are, therefore, independent of the choice of a coordinate system. This has been pOSSible because of the use of vector notation and the associated concepts of scalar product, vector product, and the gradient. We recommend that the reader work out the preceding results by using Canesians, for instanc-,c, and gain for himself an appreciation for the role of vector methods.


8.5 Remarks on an Irrotational Force Field

A force field F is 'said to be irrotational in a certain region of space when in that region' curl F ~anishes. Further, we can then represent the force field as the gradient of a scalar field. Denoting this by fj we write, as before,

where 11> = l1>(r, t) is a scalar function of position and time. With the assumption (E.12) and the relation (8.13), Euler's equation becomes grad where

( ot

Vi + - + P - V) 2

F = grad il


= 0

(S.14) (S.15)

VI = (grad 111 = grad <11 grad <I> This equation readily integrates to

In Cartesians, .for instance, the component form of this equation is expressed by oil F == of) F == ail (S.19) F,,= ay'



- + -2 + p 01


_ U = const. == F(t),

a function of time


Because the integration is only with respect to space, the constant is independent of space coordinates, whereas it may, in general, still depend on time. Hence it is expressed as F(t). At any instant of tune F(t) has a uniform value for all points of the fluid. If the motion is steady, variations with time do not exist and equation (S.16) reduces to Vi P -. -2 + - - U = canst. = H (S.17) p This is the famou" Bernqulli equation. It was obtained by paniel Bernoulli, before the discovery of Euler's equation, by considerations simi1~r to the modern principle of energy conservation. The constant H in (8.17) is now truly a constant, that is, independent of both time and space. It has the same Value for all points o'f the fluid for all times. Equation (8.16) is a genualization of Bernouili's equation for unsteady motions. Accordingly, it is referred to as the unsteady Bernoulli's equation. Bernoulli's equation is the most important relation in eiemcntary fluid

where F", F", F. arc the components ,of F. Relation (S.lS) forms the basis tor determlmng Uif F is known or, conversely, for determining F if Dis known. As the simplest example, let us ~onsider the case of our "gravity" field. We choose a Cartesian cooratnaxe system with the Z-axis pointing upward, that is, pointing in a direction opposite to that 01 the acceleration due to gravity. The force on a body of ro~ss m in this fo'rce field is then given by

F = (F", F", F.)

== (0,0,



Curl F vanishes everyWhere. Thus gravity field is an irrotational force field. Tp determine the scalar functinn U, the gradient of'which may represent 1", we must solve the differential eauation (S.18) or, equivalently, the component equations (8.19) ""romfS.19) and (8,20) we obtain


af) == 0, au = -


0, -






which may readily be integlated' to yield




fJ is determined only to within an. additive constant which we have here set equal to zero so that fj is zero at z == O.


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In of .an irrotational force field, such as the gravity field we have been dISCUS~lOg, one can attach a certain physical significance to the scalar function that represents the force field. To do this, consider the motion of a particle acted on by a force field F. The work done by th~ force field on the particle during its motion from a point Po to a POlOt P alon~ a path rt' is expressed by


F cis


Fig. 8.2

scalar function, 0, the gradient of which represents the force field. Thus, in an irrotational force field, the scalar function fj is physically equivalent to the work done by the force field. In problems of mechanics, the negative of the work done by an irrotational force field is defined as the "potential energy" 'or the "potential" of the system on which the force field acts. According to this definition a scalar function that represents an irrotational force field is essentially the negative of the potential energy. In light of these considerations it is customary to refer to our scalar function, such as fj inEq. (8.18), as a ''force potential" or simply as a "potential." This nomenclature is fui!her extended to all irrotational vector fields, and it is common to talk about "velocity poiential," "acceleration potential;' etc. On the sarrie basi~ we refer to irrotatjonai vector fields as "potential fields." For a mechanical system subjected to only irrotational forces, the lotal energy of the system (i.e., the sum of the kinetic and potential energies) is conserved, that is, remains a constant for all times. Hence an irrotational force neldis also sometimes called a "conservative field." In concluding this section we add a few remarks about the independence of the integral

Illustrating the work done by

3 (OIU.

~h~re ds is an ele~ent of length on the path rt' (Fig. 8.2). The symbol f IOdlcates that the IOtegration is to be carried out along the given path rt'. Generally, the 'Jalue of the integral

integral to be independent of the path and to be dependent only on the endpoints, we require that th~ value of U(P) - fj(P o) be the same no matter how we approach the. points Po and P, that is,' by what path or direction. This means that the function fj should assume at any poi!lt a definite single value irrespective of the path chosen to alTive at the point.
dfi to In independent of the path connecting the ~ . endpoints P and Po, [j should be a ~ingle-valued function ofposition This is Thus, for the integral

f dU


with respect to the path of integration. For this



F ds

wou/~ ~epend.on the endpOints and the path connecting them. If the force

field.:s Irrotatlonal, F may be replaced by the gradient of a scalar function, say V. Then F ds becomes an exact or a total differential of fj and the integral of (F ds) between any two endpoints Po and P becomes independent of the path them. Thus for the work done by an irrotational force field we write

wltat we'~ave considered here. In the analy!;is of phy.sical problems, one does meet with multiple valued potentials for irrotational vector fields. In such a case an integral such as (PdO need not have the same vnlue for

ali paths connecting Po and P.. We shall learn in our studies that a multiplevalued potential plays an important part in the theory of lifting bodies.
8.6 Remarks on Bernoulli's Equation


w=JP Fds =JPgradU'ds=fP dU




U(P) - U(Po)


In light of ~he preceding considerations we may inTerpret BernouW's equation as simely a statement of the conservation oj mergy. For steady;
If we had initiaJly written F .. -grad iJ instead of F = grad jj as done in equation (8.18) U would have become identical with the potential energy.

This ~tates that. t.he work done by an irrotationai force field is simply a functton of position of the endpoints. This function is nothing but the




irrotational motion of an ideai fluid we have from Eq. (8.17)



+ p - U == const.

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Here p( va/2) is the kinetic energy of the fluid per unit volume and - fj is, again per unit volume, the potential energy related to the body for~s which arc: c&S5umed irrotational. To interpret p let 'us recall that the field of the resultant pressure force, specified again per unit volume, is -grad p. This means the resultant pressure force is irrotational and -p is its potential. It follows immediately that pis tbe potential energy (of course pel" unit volume again) related to the'resultant pressure force. With the preceding interpretations, the term (p - U) is simply the potential energy of the fluid. Thus Bernoulli's equation (8.17) reads the kinetic energy

lrrotational Motion

+ the potential energy = canst.

It is not surprising that Bernoulli's equation is simply a statement of the law of conservation of energy. We have seen (refer to Section 5.8) that for an incompressible, inviscid fluid the equation of energy conservation (Eq. 5.24) reduces to the equation for mechanical energy (Eq. 5.25). In such a case, when the equation of mechanical energy is integrated (that is what we do to obtain Bernoulli's equationkone should obtain that the total energy of the system is conserved. Before concluding this chapter it is interesting to put Bernoulli's equation (8.17) in the form COQ'lmonly used in hydraulics. Considering the body force to be that due to gravity alone, we have from (8.22) [j = -pgz for

In the last chapter we saw that great mathematical simplicity could be achieved in the analysis of fluid motion if the motion can be treated as irrotational. We shall now examine the conditions under which the motion may be treated as irrotational. W~ begin with ~n. a"nalY5i~ of the , general motion of a fluid elemen~ with a vle~ ~o recogDlzmg particularly that the angular velocity of a flUid element IS ~~deed half ~he curl of the velocity. which has been referred to as the vorticity. We then develop the important theorems of Helmholtz and Kelvin which describe the fate ~f vorticity and circulation in an inviscid fluid. These theorems show that If the motion of an ideal fluid is once irrotaV + dV tional, it is always irrotational. We then take up certain properties of irrotational motion: 9.1 Most General Motion of ~ Fluid


U in (8.17).

Thus we obtain
Vi p-

+ p + pgz =- const.

or writing per unit mass of the fluid

- + - + gz =



..,hich is the form commonly met in hydraulics.

In the most general case, the motion of V a fluid element consists of a translation, a rotation. and a deformation. We show this by considering the relative motion between two infinitely close points of a fluid element. At a certain instant of time t, let P and Q denote any two such points and let, rand r + dr be their respective positions (Fig. 9.1). Fig. 9.1 IIIuslrating the general In a general motion' of the element, the displacement of a ftuideloment. points P and Q both experience changes o f . .. ,position. Let ~ denote the displacement of In a small. tIme mter~al nd ~ the corresponding displacement of Q. If V(r, t) IS the, veloc~ty a .he point P at the time t, the velocity at Q at the same moment IS expressed to the first order by



+ dr, t) = VCr, t) + dV



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where tIV is the change in V over the directed distance dr. Since dr is infinitesimal, tIV is given by (see Section 2.26, Eq. 2.76)

tIV = (dr grad)V

where V = V(r, t). For the displacements of P and Q we have


and where JV I and JVI are velocity vectors given by the first and second terms respectively on the right-hand side of Eq. (9.6). Since qJ/j is antisymmetric, as qJjj is equal to -CPu, the vector JV t becomes

t;o = VCr, t) dt ~ = VCr + dr, t) dt

=~+ JVdt



We notice immediately that in the displacement of the point Q, there is a part that is fhe same as that of P. This part, denoted by l;o, is the same for al\ points of the fluid element and, therefore, corresponds to a translation of the element as a whole. The component tIV, which is the relative velocity between P and Q, can be shown to be made up of. rotation and a deformation. We carry out the proof in Cartesians. Accordingly, we denote the reference unit vectors by e" e2 , e, and write.
r = (Xl'

Equation (9.9) shows that dVlls the velocity a. the poi~t Q due to a rig~d body rotation of the fluid element as a w.hol.e about an mstantaneous aXIs through the point P. The angular velocity IS equa~ to w. The veltx:ity JV I is characterized by the set of OIne numbers


dr = (dx dxl , dXa)


We then obtain

V == (U I , U., u,) JV = (du" du l , du,)

dV = (dr. grad)V


= II I



1-102: 1

au dX ) e, I


where the partial derivatives are evaluated at the point r at the time t. We now express each of the partial derivatives as the sum of a symmetric and an antisymmetric term and write .

tIV =

f{i =}: (f
i-I .-\

i [l(aU 1-1 2 ax,

il 1-1

+ OU I ) + l(au; - ~)J dxl}e;


obtained by specializing iJ by giving i and j all the possible values fro~ I, 2, 3. This array forms a secohd-order symmetnc tensor, symmetric because ij is equal to u. The diagonal.elements of this tensor represent rates of normal strains, while the nondlagonal. terms represent rates of shear or tangential strains. * The tensor (9.11) IS therefore known as the rale of strain tensor. Hence it foHows that the velocity JV 1 represents a velocity due to defQrmation of the fluid element. . . We have thus shown that the general motion of a flUId element IS made up of three parts-a translation, a rotation, and a deformation.
9.2 Rotation and Vorticity

.ox 1



+i ( dxJ)e
i-I. j~1




+ dVI


aU i + OU I ) 2 ax} . Ox;


(9.7) (9.8)


= l(au i _ au;) 2 ax I OXi '

From the preceding considerations it follows that at any p.~int in the flow field of a fluid, associated with the velocity vector, there IS a rate of strain tensor (denoted above by jj) and a rate of rotation tensor (denoted above by ljJiJ). Recalling the splitting of t~c tensor gradie~t of a vector field into a symmetric and an antisymmetnc part (see SectIOn 2.25), ~e observe that the symmetric part of the tensor gradient of the velOCity measures the (i-nstantaneaus) rate of strain while the antisymmetric part measures the (instanta'1euus) rate of rotation at the point consideied.
Proof .is left out as anexercise..

We adopt this convention for simplicity, which will become apparent in the follOwing.


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The rate of strain tensor being symmetric requires actually six components for its complete specification. The rate of rotation tensor being antisymmetric requires actually a set of three components for its complete specification. It can, therefore, be represented by a vector. This vector is nothing but the angular velocity vector w introduced in Eq: (9.9). The

the rate of rotation) at any point of the flowing fluid is equal to half the curl of the at that point at the instant considerea. The vector curl V is called the vortex veCtor or simply the vorticity of the
fluid at the point considered. Denoting the vorticity by 0, we write

It then follows that
that is,


curl V

(9.14) (9.15)

angular velocity =


We thus see that associated with thc velocity field V(r, t) of a flowing fluid there is a vorticity field n{r, trand an angular velocity field w(r, t). A schematic representation of thc vclocity, vorticity, and angular velocity at any point is'shown in Fig. 9.2.

9.3 CirculatioD and Vorticity

We shall now apply to thc velocity ficld of a flowing fluid the relations that exist between .circulati~n and corl of any vector field. Following the definition for any vector field (see Section 2.28), wc d~finc the circulation of
FIa.9.1 Angular velocity aDd vo.rticity.

relation between the elements of the rotation tensor and those' of given by Eq. (9.10), which may be expressed as



(9.12) is the component of (a) in the direction e j and where 'i, j, k takc (a) maybe expressed in Cartesians as

successive values from I, 2, 3. By using Eq. (9.8), the vector

Fla. 9.3 Circulation.

FIa.9.4 Vorticity and circulation &r:>und an infinitesimal surface e1cment

the velocity field as the line integral of V around any closed curve ~. Wccall this simply cirfUlatio!1 and denote it by r or r .. ~ Wc thus have The determinant in this relation is nothing but the curl of the velocity vector. thus it follows that the vector representing the rate of rotation tensor is given by (9.13) (a) = ! curl V which may be specialized easily to any orthogonal, curvilinear coordinate system. This eQu~tion states that' the instantaneoUs a!'.'GUlar L'elociJy (or

r .. -


V ds


whcre ds is an elemcnt of thc curve ~ (see Fig. 9.3). Consider an infinitesimal surface element D dS ~ituated at any point P. Let e" denote the boundary curve of thc element and drc. the circulation around it, the direction of integration along thc curve being that given by the rule of right-hand rotation about D (see Fig. 9.4). Then, according to

the relation (2.120a), we have dr c. ='

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V ds = curl V D dS

= Sl n dS

where S1 i~. the vortex vector at the point P. This equation states that .the circulation arQund any infinitesimal surface element D dS is equal to the flux of vorticity through that element.

fluid element or, equivalently, the fate 'of circulation around a fluid curve. This examination may b-e carried out by .working directly either with the vorticity or with the circulation. Here we work with the vorticity; in the next section we shall work with the circulation. The equation governing the rate of change of vorticity of a fluid element may be obtained directly. from the equation of motion. For this purpose, considering only an idea1 fluid, we take the curl of Eq. (5.31), which is

w - + grad -~ -.v )( n _ r ~

grad f p



aSl - - curl (V )( Sl) - curl r


Expanding the second tenn on the left-hand side, we have curl (V )( Sl) - (div Q)V - V grad Sl + = -V grad n +.Sl.grad V

n grad V -

(div V)Sl (9.20)

since the divergence of the vorticity is always zero, anel since the fluid is assumed incompressible, the divergence of the velocity is zero. Substituting (9.20) into (9.19), we obtain
Fig. 9.5 Circulation around '{; is equal to

outflow of vorticity through S.

an or

at + V gradn -

Sl grad V - curl r

Consider now a finite closed curve re and let S represent any surface bounded by re. Then, according to Stokes' theorem (Eq. 2.131), we obtain

:on Dt

r" =


n grad V = curl r

V ds

~ ff curl V n dS

We assume that the body force is ;rrotational and set curl r - 0 Thus we obtain


This equation states that the circulation around a closed curve re is equal to the outjiow of vorticity through any surface S whose boundary is formed by re (Fig. 9.5). It also shows that if we consider different surfaces drawn with the same boundary curve, the outflow of vorticity is the same through all these surfaces. 9.4 Rate of Change of Vorticity We now investigate the conditions under which the motion of an ideal fluid is irrotational. For this purpose we examine the fate of vorticity ofa

Dn =

n.grad V


which gives the rate of change of. vorticity of an element of aD ideal fluid as it moves under the action of an irrotational body force~ Recalling the . meaning ofa term such as B grad A (see Section 2.26, Eqs. 2.76 and 2.77), we see that n grad V = where

n (the rate of change of V with respect to distance

in the direction of Sl)

a is the magnitude of n.


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Equatiort (9.21) states that the material rate of change of the vorticity is zero whenever the vorticity is zero. On the basis of this result, we should not, however, proceed immediately to the conclusion that if the vorticity of a fluid ekment is zero at some time it is zero at all times. It is of course true that (9.21) leads to such a conclusion. To show this rigorously we first cire the following kinematical relation, * which is true whether the ftuid is compressible or incompres~ible:
-D (n . DdS) =

boundary Crt .of the element DdS, we have

AndS ..... dr c"

Therefore Eq. (9.22) takes therorm

.!!.. (drc ) == 0



[on ot

curl (V )( n) D dS


[~~ - n . grad V + (div V)O



where D dS is a surface element moving with the fluid. If the fluid is incompressible, we have

.!!.. (n . DdS) = [Dn - n . grad v] . D dS


Wilh this relation (9.21) reduces to

.!!..(~I. D dS) .. 0


This equatio'l expresses the important result: In the motion of an l'deal fluid subjected to irrotational body forces, the material rate of change of the outflow of vorticity through any surface -element moving with the fluid is permanently zero, or, equivalently, the outflow .of vorticity through any surface element moving with the fluid remains a constant for all times. In this sense vorticity is convected with rhe fluid. We may now draw the conclusio~ that if the vorticity of any surface element is zero at some time, it will remain so for all times as the element moves with the fluid, for according to (9.22) the outflow of vorticity throltgh any surface element moving with the fluid should remain permanently zero if it is zero at some time. EquatiOQ (9.22) may readily be expressed in terms of the circulation around the surface element. Denoting by drc" the circulation around the
DdS moving with

This expresses the result: In the motion of an ide,!1 fluid subjected tn irrotational body forces, the material rate of change of the circulation around any surface element moving with the fluid is permanently zero,or,equivalently, the circulation around any surface element moving with the fluid remains a constant for all times. . Equation (9.21), or, equivalently, (9.22), is referred to as Helmho/;z's theorem. * If forms the basis for the derivation of Hemlholtz's theorem of vortex ,motion, which we shali take up in the Chapter on vortex motion. TIlt abov~ derivation of Helmholtz's theorem, which, following Helmholtz, start'! from Euler's equation, seems to indiCate that any conclusions drawn from the theorem are valid ill the motion of only an ideal fluid, thai. is, of an incompressible inviscid fluid of constant density. We can, however, show that such cortclusions hold also in the motion of a compJusihle inviscid fluid. This can be done readily if we start, foliowing Kelvin (I 869), from the concept of circulation. This 'We do in the next section. We close this section with the observation that in two-dimensional and axisymmet,ic flows the term o grad V is Uk"t{cally zerot and (9.21) therefore rcdMces to

~ .... o
Dt .


This equation expresses the result: in two-dimensional and axisymmetrice,l flows oj an ideal Jluid under the action of ;rrotational body forces, tile oorticity of a fluid element remains a constant for aU times.


or Change 01 ClreaJatioa

If A is any vector field, the rate of change or outflow or A through any surface element ito., fluid may be expressed as

D (A. D ciS) _

[iI.t. + V div A ill

curl (V )( A)] . DdS

We consider a closed fluid curve (i.e., a curve consis~ing of the same fluid particles at all times) and seek the rate ofchange of circulatiOll around such a curve as it moves with the fluid. Let ~ represent any closed curve drawn at the instant t and let r denote the circulation around <jf at that instant. During a time interval fl.t the different fluid particles that make up <jf move into new positions. Consequently, in the interval I1t the curve ~ will assume a different shape and occupy a new location. Let <if! be the

For a proof of this fonnuIA see Sommerfeld (1950).

t The reader shoul~ verify this as an exercise.

See Helmholtz (18S8).

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From the quadri1atera1 abb1al (see Fig. 9.6) we see that


or (9.29) Denoting the velocity at the point a by V aDd that at b by V + dV, where dV is the change in V from a over the directed distance ... the displacements 881 and bbl can be expressed as "I-VAt and

,It time t

bitt -


+ dV)~



With Eqs. (9.28), (9.29)~ and (9.30) we obtaiD


.... 9" IUUltratiDs the cJwl&c in circulation around. fluid curve.

E.. .. _ dV


CUfVC at t + At ud let r l denote the circulation around ~I (soc Fig. 9.6). 'The rate of change incircWatioD aloDg ~ followiDg its motion is then given

It theD follows that

by the material ~vative

1 -


Dt a,~.' At iii terms of the line'iDtegrals of the velocity this equation takes the form

J>r I' r r - - Im--


(9.32) With this reladoD Eq; (9.27) becomes

E..1. V ... -lim l.["VI . . . . - " V .ds] (9.26) ,Dt Dt:r.. ",~oAt j", , SinCe wea~ followiDg the same set of fluid particle~, the limit on the right

1" '

Dr ...

1. DV tis _ j .. Dt.



8 ...


side of this equation is the same as the integral

f".(DIDt)(V ~'ds) along the

cUrve ~ at the instaDt t.' Therefore (9.26)'becomes


'V.E... (9.27) Dt Dt , where DVI Dtis the acceleratioD at theiDstant t at the point considered on 'the curve~ .. To iDterpret the expression (DI Dt) ds we proceed as follows. If .. repr~~nts the element ab of the curv~ ~ and ... represents the correspon~ing elemeDt alht of~1 (see Fig. 9.6), we have

._" ~~ .. +" , 1.. :r"

Dtj" Dt


V ... _ " E.. (V ds) j" Dt

where 8 deDOtes the acceleratioD vector~ Equation (9.33) states thOt at any instant the rate of change of circulation around any fluid CftIrve ;j tqual to the line integral of the acctleration around that CJUVe taken at the instant considered. AD immediate consequence of Eq.(9.33)is that if theacceleration is expressible as the gradieDt of some (single-valued) scalar function, that is, if the acceleratioD field is aD irrotational vector field, then the integral


8 . .



aDd consequeDtly Dr/Dt is zero.

The considerations leading to Eq. (9.33) are still kinematical. To proceed further we have to bring in dynamical consideratioDs. To evaluate the iDtegral

8 . . . we

restrict ourselves

to an inviscid fttJid and use Euler'S

equation (5.11). Thus 'We obtain

E.. .. _ lim _"'~-_ds_



Dr - -



a .. -

.f .. -


gradp . lis "P


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In this equation the density p is Plot assumed to be a constant. We now assume that the body force is ;rrolalio"o/ and set f-.grad fj where have

V is a sinBle-valued scalar function of position and time.

Then we

fy f cis - fy dU - 0
Equation (9.34) consequently reduces to

motion .of .. inviscid fluid, the rate of change of circulation ~d any fluid curve Is permanently zero if the body forces are irrotational and if there is a Single-valued pressure-density relation,or. equivalently under these conditions, the circulation around a fluid CIII'r remains a cons,ant lor al/ limes as the auve moves with the fluid. This theorem is known as Kelvin'. circulation tlworem. Consider now any infinitesimal surface element a tIS that moves with the fluid. "Let dr c.' denote the circulation around the boundary C.. of
such a surfaCle element. Then Eq. (9.36) may be put in the form

Dr ... _" Dt




D Dt(drc.)'" 0
which is the same as Eq. ~9.23). Furthermore, since

If the fluid is assumed to be incompressible aDd homogeneous so that p is constant, the integral on the right side of the above equation vanishes.

1. I!!!l. cis -! i .. p p


dr c -gadS
we readily obtain the equatiOn

dp ,,'0

If theftuid is assumed to be either compressible or incompressible and inhomogeneous $0 that p is a variable, the integral no longer vanishes automatically for any arbitrary curve~. However, if there is a singlevalued relation between. the density and the pressure so that one can

-($l.adS) - 0 Dt
which is exactly Helmoltz's theorem, namely, Eq. (9.22). Thus we see that the contents of the theorems of Helmholtz and Kelvin are identical. .Kelvin's derivation shows clearly that the theorems are applicable not only to incompressible homogeneous fluids but also to compressible fluids. in which there is a single-valued p - p relatima. Considering at any instant a finite fluid curve ~, draw an arbitrary surface S such that <G is the bOundary of S . . Then. since


. P

I!!!.l_ pad P

where P is a single-valued scalar function' of position and time, the integral again vani$bes for any arbitrary curve 'I. Then we have

I. p i .. I!!!.l. cis -

t 8~d

P tis

r ...



~ n . D dS


- .dP-O
. 1 hus, when we assume that p is a constant or that there is a single-valued relation between p and p, Eq. (9.35) becomes

Eq. (9:36) may be put in the form

:,ffn ~.

dS .. 0


Dr -0 Dt
This equation expresses the theo"m


This equation states that under the conditions considered in its derimtion. the outflow of vorticity tlrrough any surface bounded by Q c/osed'jluid curl:i

0/ conservation 0/ circullltion:

In the

remains constant for all. times as tire CUrt'e mt)l'es with the fluid. In concluding this section we note tlult the conditions under which the
theorems of Helmholtz a.nd Kelvin are valid are precisely the conditions under which an accele,ation pOtential can be defined .

- For iristance, in the motion of an invilcid compressible fluid of constant entropy, . .d pI p is simply grad h. where h is the enlhalpy per unit IIIQS.

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'.6 Irrotatloal Motioa

Several important results may be deduced from the theorems of Helmholtz and Kelvin. They are, for iilstance, the starting-equations for developing the theorems of vortex motion that we shall consider in a later cllapter. At present we use the tbeorems to deduce 'the conditions under which the motion of fluid is irrotational. Cohsider an inViScld ftgjd and let the body forces be irrotational. Also, let the fluid be such that there ill a single-valued presSure-density relation. Such a fluid is known as a baro,tropiefluid. An incompressible homogeneous ftuid is a special case of a barotropic ftuid. In ~ state of rest or of uniform motion the circulation around every infinitesimal surface element of the ftuidis zero; simibarly, the vorticity (or equivalently the rotation) of every element of the ftuid is also zero.. If the ftuid is then brought into a ditferent state of motion, the circulation around every surface element and the vorticity of every element, aCCC?rding to Kelvin's theorem, are still zero. This means that under the action ofpotential body forces 01/ motions

Sinc:e. the gradient of a constant is zero, ~ is de~ined .nly up to an addItive cons~nt .. The scalar function ~ is known as the velocit, potential.


TIle Equtloasfoi

Irrotatioaai ModoII of _ , ..........

. The motion ofan ideal ftui~ is cbaractcrized by the velocity ,nd pressure fields as. the unknowns and IS governed by (S.28) and (S.31).Thcsc are
.(I) Condition of ;ncompressibilJtY

(2). Equation of motion


divV - 0

Iii - at + srad 2- V


. .p.


C\1rl V - f - arad


ofan inviscid barotropie jluit:! set up from a state of rest or of uniform motion are permanently rotation1ree, tIuit is, tMy are permanently irrotational.
Since irrotational motion implies the existence of a velocity potential, such motions said to be potential motions. Our main cOncern in this book is with the motion of'an ideal fluid on which only irrotational body forCes act. Genendly the motions we shall consid4r originate from a state of rest or of uniform Motion and are conieqlJlmdy irrotational. Therefore our concern hereafter will be with the irrotational motion of an Ideal ftuid. We now proceed to set up the equations that govern such a motion.-


If the motion is irro.tational, we ,add. to ~ the condition of irrotationality (~.38) and ~place; according to tbedefinitioD(9.39), the velocity by ~he .ve~oclty potential. Furthermore, as we ha~ ~~. for the motion to be Irrota~C)nal the ~Y force must ~ .irrotati.onal. Tl\erefore we $Ct f equal to grad U, w~ereU(r,.t) is.thescalarpolenti&.loftbe body fo~. In,this way We obtam th~ followltlg as the equations governing fM irrotational

motion. of an idealjluid. (I) Condition of incomptessibility

or (2) .Equation of motion div (gtad ~) - div V - 0


'.7 VeIodty PetatIaI

Thr(lIughout the region in which the fluid motion is irrotational we have


a . v at (srad~) + grad.2 == grad .- U

sra~(~ + ~ +1 -





g == curl V .... 0



if)... ,0

which is the condition of irrotationalhy. Equation (9.38) ensures the existence of a scalar function of position and time, say

VI II;' (arad ~)I

This equation imin~ateJY'fnteglWtes to

cD ==
sJch. that

~(r, t)

v == grad <I>


o<l>.I{ JJ -a + 2 grad ....... p .....) + . ,.



For sake ef continuity and convenience we gather in the following two sections ideas and results that have been introduced on previous occasions. See, for instance, Sections 8.1 and 8.4.

where itt) is. a funct~on ~ time that is URifn tJiroughout spa~ at any msta~t. ThiS equation IS tbe fllfSmuJy BemouJ/i's equtltiiIR. Which was obtamed before (see Eq. 8.16).


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, We see that whereas the general (i.e., rotational) motion of an ideal fluid is characterized by four scalar unknowns, namely, the pressure and the three components of tt e veiocity. the irrotational motw,n of the fl~id involves only two sCalar unknowns, namely, the pressure and the veloc~ty potential. In the general motion of the fluid, to determine the unknowns we must solve simultaneously the condition of incompressibility and the equation of motion. In the irrotational motion, however, this is no longer necessary, for we may solve for the potential from the condition of incompressibility independe-ntly of the equation of ~otion. The equati~n ~f motion itself may be integrated once and for all. Once tbe potential IS determined, the pressure is ~dily found from'the integrated form of the equation of motion, namely, BernouUl's equation. Also, we may then obtain the velocity field, if desired, from Eq. (9.39). We thus conclude that the entire problem of irrotational motion ofan ideal fluid amounts to that of solving lAplace's equation, which ~w expresses the condition. of incompressibiliry. This is a great mathematical advantage, for there is considerable knowledge already available with regard to the solutiqns of Laplace's equation, which governs many physical phenom.ena. , It is instructive to recdgnite that Eq. (9.40) 'could have been written down by stipulating that the fluid in motion is incompressible and that the motion is irrotational; in other words, by specifying that the velocity field V is such that its divergence and curl are both zero (see Section 2.43). Then we can introduce a potential cf) on the basis of the fOnditiori that curl V is equal to zero and determine cf) frdm the condition
VIcf) == div V

Suppose a mechanical system is subjected to very large forces for a very short time. Finite changes of velocity and momentum of the system will then OCCur suddenly. ~uch changes are said to be brought about impulsively, and the forces producing them are known as impulsive forces. Let the momentum of a systt;m be changed impulsively at any instant to from Po to P. Then the ,relation between the sudden change in momentum at to and F, the impulsive force causing the change, is given by

ISP(to) == P - Pc == lim


F dt


The right member of this, relation is known as the impulse. Now consider an element of an ideal fluid in motion and let its momentum be changed impulsively at any instant to by meaos of impulsive body forces and pressure forces. Impulsive pressure forces are generated by sudden, changes in the boundary conditions as, for example, when a solid body i~mersed in the fluid is suddenly set in motion. The impulsive change m mo~entum of the fluid element is given by

] ISm[V - V o =


l~.n [f"HIlSmf dt -J.'k-+I'c5T grad Pdt] J~


:= 0

w~re ISm is the mass of the element, ,1ST its volume, f the body force per unit ~ass~ a~d V - V~ is ~he impulsive change in the velocity at to. This e~uatlon IS Simply an mtegral of the equation of motion (Eq. 5.11) with time over the interval 1St, which is allowed to go to zero. Since the mass, the volume, and the density of the fluid element are constant, Eq. (9.43) takes the form
V - Vo = lim

In such a case the velocity is, determined without invoking any dynamic and thermodynamic considerations. Such a velocity field, we say, is only ki'1ematically feasible. As we have seen, if in addition to the conditions on thc velocity field we further assume that the fluid is homogeneous and inviscid, all kinematically feasible veloci!l fieldS are also dynamIcally feasible. 9.9 Irrotational Motion as an Impulsively Genel-ated Motion: Velocity Potential as the Potential an Impulse




1 f dt - p

1'-+61grad P dtJ


We assume that the body forces are i,-rotationo/ and set f equaJ to grad Equation (9.44) may then be expressed as


V - Vo

= grad X = grad

1 - grad 111" p


The instantanevus state of irrotational motion of an ideal fluid or a chai'lIze in such a state may be interpreted as br()l!;~ht about ll,1rollgh the actio~ of suddenly, or impulsively, applied force-so Such an interr~etatio,n iii not only illuminating but is useful in applico.tions: To, bUIld ~hls interpretation we first recall basic definitions related to Impubve nwllon.
See, for instance, Chapter JO on un,tcdody mcti(l[)f,.

(X - ;)


X == lim



[j dt


== lim



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Gr~ Xis the impulse of the body forces and -<grad 1Irlp) isthe.impulse of the pressure forces-, both ~pulses being measured perunjt mass of the fluid. We may call i ~ PQtential of the impulse of the body forces, .. . the potential oftheimpulae of the pressure forces, and lx -~ (1Ir/p the

.potential of the impUlse, diat is, ot: the total impulse. The potential .. is known as the impulsive preSSlll'e. If we set V. as equal to zero,that is, jf we consider that the state of motion just before the application of the impulse .is a state of rest, Eq. (9.45) t,akes the form .



(X -~) p.


From this c,quation it imrnc:diately follows that curl.V is zero, that is, the motion imlJlClijately after ~ impulse is irroiational and that tbcelocity potentialt of this motion is ~veD by fIl-X-P

is a single-valued potential: The state of motion at some instant of time is independent of the state of motion at any other instant of time. The state of motionatany given instant is determined solelyby the State of the boundary conditions at that instant. In this sense the motion has no memory. Any changes in the flow field as brought about by cJumges in the boundary conditions arc immediately felt throughout. the flow field. One says that all changes are propagated instantaneously,. or with infinite speed in aU directions. This means that at each instant the state of motion at any point of the flow field is intimately conncc;ted with the state of motion at another point at that instant. .SillQC the flow has no memory, the notion of initial conditions becomes meaningless. In other words, boundary conditions are the only' conditions that may be given to specialise the solution of the governing differential equation, which in this case is Laplace's equation. In this sense the mathematical problem representing the motion is a so-called Ixnmdiuy value problem.


9.10 Bomadary CooditioDS

We now express the bou~dary conditions (see Section 5.11) for an ideal fluid in terms of thevelooity potential.

Furthermore, since both i and .. arc'Single":valued functions, the'velocity potential is also a 'singl~valued functi,on. Equations (9.46) and (9.47) show that if impulsive irrotational forces (in the form of body and pressure forces) arc applied on an ideal fluid that is initially in a state of rest, the fluid is instantaneously set into an irrotational motion and the, resulting velocity potential is single-valued and equal to the of.the Equivalently, any state of irrotational motion of an id~al flwd for which there is a sin~valucd potential may be brought to restmstantaneously by the application of suitable impulsive irrota~onal.forces. ~e have ~hus, shown that any given instantaneous state of m:otat,onal motion of an ,deal fluid, fo, which there is a sing/~-valued potential, may. be .interpret~d as

ColfIIititM ", &lUJ-FIMid~. The kinematical condition at such a boundary is expressed by Eq. {5.35) or,equivaiently'by Eq. (5.39). Equation (5.35) now becomes ' .
grad fIl D ==

~ == V, D on the solid-fluid surface on


Here ~lon is the spatial derivative of fIl in the direction of the outward normal. Equation (5.39) takes the form
DF -Dt - of + gradfll. grad F == 0 01 .

generated impubively from a state of rest by the appllcat,on of SUitable impulsive- irrotationalforces and that the velocity potential is the.potential of ihe impulse. Any changes in the state of an irrotational motion for which there is a single-valued potential may also ~ interpreted as generated by impulsive pressure forces and forces that are irrotati~naL . Equations (9.46) ancl (9.47) show that the pr~lDg co~cluslons hold equally when'there are no body forces, and the Impulse IS ..,nly due to impulsive pressure forces. . ' . On the basis of the foregoing conclusions we mfer the followmg Important properties of the irrotational motion of an ideal fluid for which there
A state of rest is possible only if the body forces are irrotational. t An arbitrary constant may always be added to the potential without altering Eq. (9.46) and any of-tbe results that follow from it.


F(r, t) == 0


Collllitiou .t Free SlIr/.ce. Let q>l denote. the potential on one side of the surface and fila the potential on the other side of the surface. Then the kinematic condition expressed by Eq. (S.40) may be written as
grad fill D = V,, D = grad 412 n on the surface (9.50)

ECluations (5.42), which express this condition in an equi ..alent rnanner,

It is important to bear this in mind. for as it will be apparent later that important differences e~ist between ftows with single-valued potentials and flows with multivah.. ed potentials.


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aF and 'aF

at + grad ~1 at

grad F



F(r, t)

== 0


- + grad~I' grad F= 0

The dynamic condition expressed by Eq. (5.44) requires that the pressure be continuous across the free surface. Using the unsteady Bernoulli's equation (9.42), we may write'this dynamic condition as

Fla 9.7 A body moving with a constant velocity through a fluid.

Pl[~1 +1 (grad ~1)1 - Ut)] == at 2

== Pt[~1 + ! (grad ~J. -






F(r, t): -.0 (9.52)

We have yet to specify the conditions aUnfinity. do this we need first to consider the probl~ms we shall be interested in and some of the general properties C?f the solutions to such problems. 9.11 PrOblems


should also satisfy an infinity condition that has yet to be completelY specified. The other problem of interest is that of uniform steady flow past a fixed rigid body (Fig. 9.8). The mathematical problem is again to determine the velocity potential ~2(r) as the solution of the equation (9,SS) in the region R exterior to the body such that the solution satisfies the condition

or Coacern

The problem. of irrotational motion of an .ideal ~uid, a.~ .we have .sc:en, reduces to tbatof solving Laplace's equation With specified aUXIliary conditions. Solutions of Laplace's equation are known as har.monic functions . . We shall, therefore, be concerned with harmonic f~nctions and their properties. In learning about !>ome of these properties we shall con:.;der specifically problems that are of most interest to us, There are two such problems which, although appearing-distinct, are actually equivalent. One of the problems concerns ~he .motion. arising out of a solid body mo~ing through an infinitely extendmg Ideal flUid. The motion of the ft~id is entirely due to that of the body (Fig. 9.7). T,he mathematical problem is to determme the velocity potential <1>1(r, t) as the solution of the equation (9.53) in the regitJn R exterior to the body, such that the solution satisfies the boundary condition

0cI>% = grad "'2 D == 0 ~




and an infinity condition yet to be specified. Now the surface 8 is not a function of time. The two problems are of equivalent form. To see this, let us write grad <1>2 = U where, <p = <p(r)

+ grad <p


another scalar function of position defined by the


0cI>1 = grad ~1 n = Ub(r, t) D




Steady foow past

d fi.\;.j


where 8 == 8(#) denotes the surface of the body, D the outward normal, and U.(r, t) Ole wlocity of the surface points of the body. Tbe solution

Note that the uniform flow could as well N: time depcnde!1! and the following considerations are equally applic'lble to that situation ..

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Eq. (9.57). Equations (9.55) and (9.56) now take the form



a. _ an

grad _ -U .



R_COIICiJdk I11III 1"_ctnlCildk Patlu. A path is any line joining two points of a connectcc;t region. Consider the region exterior or interior to Ii finite closed surface (Fig. 9.9). Let P and Q be any two points ,and let Cl Ct. C. be any three paths lying in that region and connecting P and Q. Any two of the paths can be made to coincide with each other by continuous variation of the paths concerned. and without ever leaving the

Same form as (9.S3). and (9 ..54). We rdAY. therefore, state that the problem is to determine cz, as the solution of We equation (9.60) VIcJ== 0
~ equations are of the

in the region R exterior to the body such that the solution satisfies the boundary C9ndition




grad cz, ...... !(r, t)



and certain condi~ions at infinity. For the first problem we have and

j(r, t) .... U.(r, I)

For the second problem we have


cz, := ~r)



The mathematical proble~ represented by (9.60) and (9.61) is known .as the NeUl7ftli.,n exterior problem. We shan consid~r so~e general pro~rtles of the solution. (oJ such a problem and the speclficatlon. of the condltl~ns at infinity. To -proceed we must'first 'ntroduce a few SImple topolgglcal notions.
9.11 Some fopoluclcal Notions
CtflfMcti"ity. A region oj space is.said to be c~nnecled ifany two points o that s ace can be connecte.d bya continuous Ime (or p~th) that ~oes not if h P . J ' s ", the region For example the regions I.ltenor and leave t e bounuarre VJ ';' T h I exterior to a closed surface, individually, are connected regJOr~! h~ w ~ e region of space consisting tog.ether of the interior and extefl"i regions IS, however, nota connected regIon.


FiI.9.9 Paths defined'by a finite closed surface; (a) interior paths; (6) exterior paths.

Tne function [in the following should not be confused with [(I) in the Bernoulli


region under consideration. The paths are th~n said to be reconcilobl,. We note that all paths between any two points in the region exterior '" interior to a finite closed surface aie reconcilable. Now consider the regions exterior and interior ~o the surface of an infinite cylinder (Fig. 9.10). The cylinder extends to infinity in both the directions normal to the plane of the figure. It i~ immediately seen that in the interior region all paths are reconcilable. Let P and Q be any two points in the exterior regi')n R and as shown let C!. C~, C. be any t!uee paths lying in that region and connecting"P and Q. We see that the paths C1 and C2 can be mad!' to coincide by ~Jntinuous variation withot.\t


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The circuits are then said to be reducjble. We note that all circuits in the region exterior or interior to it finite closed surface are reducible. Now consider the regions exterior and interior to the surface of an infinite cylinder (Fig. 9.12). It is immediately see~ that all circuits in the interior region are reducible. Let ~l and ~I (or ~a and ~.) be, as shown, any two circuits, one of ~h~. nrmely ~h. enclosing the cylinder, the other, namely ~I. not enclosing the cylinder. The latter is r.educible. The circuit ~l cannot be contracted to a point without leaving the region R.

Fig. 9.10. Paths in the region exterior to the surface of an infinite cylinder.

leaving the region R, and they are therefore reconcilable. The paths C1 and C 3 or equivalently C. and Ca, can never be made to coincide without leaving the region R. The best we can do without leaving the region is, as shown by dotted lines in Fig. 9.10, to approach the boundary of the cylinder with C1 or Cz brought to one side and C, to the other side. -The p:lths C1 and Ca, and C2 and C 3 are said to be irreconcilable. We note that there are only two irreconcilable paths in the region exterior to the infinite cylinder. . Summing up, we state that any two paths in a connected region are reco'lcilable if they can be made to coincide by continuous variation without ever passing out of that region. They are irreconcilable if they cannot be made to co:ncide withollt leaving the region. Reducible and Irreducible Circ"ita. A circuit is any closed line in a con. ected region. Consider the region exterior or interior to a finite closed surface (Fig. 9.11). Let '~'t and <'C z be, as shown, any two circuits. By continuous v~riation (or deformation) each of the circuits can J>e contracted to a p~int without ever leaving the region under consideration.

Fig.9.1l . Circuits in the region exterior to the surface of an infinite cylinder.

Fig. 9.11

The best that can be done is to contract it, as shovyn by the dotted lines in the figure, to the boundary of the cylinder. The circuit 't'1 (or <'C ,) is, therefore, said to be "reducible. We note that in the region exterior to the cylinder there is only one irreducible circuit. namely the circuit enclosing the cylinder. Summing up, we state that any circuit in a connected region is reducible if the circuit' can be contracted to a point without ever leaving that region. A circuit that cannot. be contracted to a point without leaving the region of interest is irreducible. We note that if P and Q are any two points in a connected region then any two reconcilable paths joining the points form a reducible circuit. Any two irreconcible paths joining the points form an irreducible circuit. Reconcilable and Irreconcilable Circuits. Consider the region exterior or interior to a closed finite surface and any two circuits '&'1 and <tf2 in that region (Fig. 9.11). The circuits can be made to coincide by continuous variation without ever leaving the region under considerafion. We say that

Circuits in regions defined by a finite closed surface.


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the circuits are reconcilable. We note that all circuits are reconcilable in the region exterior or interior to a finite closed surface. Now consider the regions exterior and interior to the surface of an infinite c;ylinder (Fig. 9.12). We note immediately that all circuits in the interior region are reconcilable. Any two circuits such as ~. and ~ , in the exterior region R can ~ made to coincide by continuous deformatio'n without ever leaving ~the region R. Similarly, circuits such as ~1 and ~a can be made to coincide with,each other. We say that ~1 and ~J' and ~I and ~, form reconcilable circuits. The circuits ~ 1 and ~2 (or equivalently ~ J and ~ ,) cannot be made to coincide without passing out of the region 'R. We say that ~1 and ~1 are irreconcilable circuits. Summing up we ~tate that any two circuits in a connected region are reconcilable if they can be made to coincide by continuous variation without ever leaving that region. Two circuits are irreconcilable if they cannot be made.'o coincide without le~ing the region under consideration. We note that if ~1 and ~. are any two reconcilable circuits lying in a connected region, they can beconoected by a continuous surface lying wholly in that repon, the circuits forming the boundaries of the surface. For irreconcilable circuits no such surface is possible.
Simply Co".ctetl Rqitl& A cOllMCted region in which all patlu connecting any two points 0/ the region are reconcilable is said to be simply connected. In Such a region all circuits are reducible and reconcilable. The regions exterior and interior to a closed finite surface and the region - interior to the surface of an infinite cylinder are simply connected regions. The region exterior to the surface of an infinite cylinder is not a simplyconnected region. ' Do.llly Couected RqiD& Consider the region exterior to the surface of an infinite cylinder. Of all the paths that can be drawn connecting any two points of the region there are, as we had seen, only two paths (such as C1 and Cs of Fig. 9.10) that are irreconcilable with each other. The others are either reconcilable with one another or with one of the two irreconcilable paths. In view of this situation we speak of the region exterior to the surface of the infinite cylinder as doubly connected. We state that a connected region in which there are only two irreconcilable paths and n"o more is a doubly connected ;egion. In such a regio~, there is only one irreducible circuit. In the case of the infinite cylinder it is the circuit enclosing the cylinder. Multiply Connected', Region. A connected region in which there are irreconcilable paths or." 'equil'alently, irreducible circuits, is said to be a multiply connected regian. If there are n irreconcilable paths or, equivalently, n - I irreduci.bfe circuits, the region is said to be n-p\y connected.

FIt- 9.13 A triply c:onoec:ied region.

The region exterior to the surfaces of two infinite cylinders is a triply connected region (Fig. 9.13). A multiply coo',.:.ctecl regioo may be rendered simply connectedby introducing suitJf. Ie barriers or boundaries .that may ~ot ~ crossed. Consider the ooubly connected region extenor to an mfiOlte cylinder. Insert a barrier, as shown in Fig. 9.14a, extending ~rom the cylinder to infinity and agree not to cross it. Then in ~h~ ~gton thus modified (exterior to the shaded part in the figure) all paths JOIOlng any two




Fig.9.14 Barriers: (0) doubly connected region; (b) triply connected region.


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points are reconcilable, and all circuits that can be drawn in that region are red ucible. The modified region is, therefore, simply connected. In a similar way by inserting a suitable number of barriers, a multiply connected region may be rendered simply con'lected. A triply connected region is made simply connected by inserting two barriers (see Fig. 9.14b).

r =


V cis



9.13 Irrotadonal Motion in a Simply Connected Region

The important rol~ played by the preceding notions in problems of ikotational motion will become apparent in this and succeeding sections.

We conClude that the circulation around every circuit in a simply connected region is zero. Thus, the irrotational motion of a fluid in a simply connected region is motion without any circulation. We refer to it as acyclic motion. Now consider any two points P and Q in the repon 1(. Let C1 and C 2 be any two paths joining Q to P. Since the circulation around the circuit formed by C1 and C1 is zero, we h a v e "






In terms of the potential this becomes

Fig. 9.15 Illustrating the properties of irrotational motion in a simply connecte<l region.

p del> Q via C'I


del> ::.: 0

via c.

[el>{P) -:- 'P(Q)1vtacl = [el>(P) - el>(Q)1vlac.

We C9nclude that the integrai in (9.66) is independent of the path connecting Q to P and that consequently el>( Q) and el>(P) should be single valued. We state that the irrotational motion of a fluid in a simply connected region is characterized by a single valued velocity potential.

Consider irrotational motion in a simply connected region R such as that exterior to a finite body moving through an infinitely extending fluid (Fig. 9:15). Let I be any circuit drawn in that region. The circulation around 't' is given by

9.14 Irrotational Motion in Doubly Couuected Region

Consider the irrotational motion in a doubly connected region R such as that exterior to the surface of an infinite cylinder moving through an infinitely extending fluid, the generators of the cylinder being normal to the plane of motion. Let ~l be any reducible cir.cuit (Fig. 9.16). A !!urface 0"1 whose boundary is ~1 can always be drawn such that 0"1 lies wholly in the region R (i.e., the fluid) where the vorticity n is eql;al to zero. Therefore, for the circulation around the circuit ~ 1 we obtain

r =

V cis



where, to recall, V is the velocity and el> is the velocity potential. Let 0" be any open surface lying in the:: region R (i.e., in the fluid) such that the circuit I forms the boundary of 0". Since the region is simply connected; it is always possible to draw such a surface. Now according to Stokes' theorem we have

r~, = v cis = n n dS = 0




V ds =

If fIn

curl V n dS


where n = curl V is the vorticity. But the vorticil;'


We conchide that in a doubly connected region the circulation around all reducible circuits is ze;o. Let 1f2 be an irreducible circuit. Now, it is impossible to draw a surface whose boundary is ~2 such that the surface will lie entirely in the region R. This means we can no longer determine by application of Stokes' theorem whether I'~ vanishes or not. Furthermore, if it does not vanish there is
We are considering two-dimensional motion.

zero everywhere:: in


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no way of telling what its value is. We thus conclude that in a doubly conne.cted region, the circulation around any irreducible circuit may not vanish and its value remains undetermined. Conside~ next anot~er irreducible circuit such as ~I shown in Fig. (9.16). It IS now poSSible to draw a surface, say a, whose boundaries

We now consider the properties of the velocity potential in a doubly connected region. Let P and Q be any two points in the region R (Fig. 9.17). Let C1 and C. be any two reconcilable paths joining Q and P. Then since the circulation around the reducible circuit formed by C1 and C. is zero, we obtain







Fla 96 D1ustratmg the properties of irrotatiolUll motion in a doubly c:onncc:ted region.

are the circuits ~I and ~I such that the surface lies wholly in the region R (Fig. 9.16). We then hav!'

Fla. 9.17 Illustrating the multivaluedness of the potential in a doubly connected


where the directions of integration along ~., ~I are consistent with the indicated direction for the normal D. It follows that


V cis -


y tis -


dS .. 0


In terms of the potential we have


d<'P -

iP d<'P == 0 ovlaC.


r Y. ==

f V. f
tis ~.

[<'P(P) - <'P(Q)JVIaCa - [<'P(P) - <J>(Q)]vla o.

We conclude that the integral


V cis ==

r Y.


Io d<J>

has the same value for all rtconcilable

We conclude thaI the circulation around all irreducible circuits has the same value. Similar results hold also for a multiply connected region. We shall not enter into a derivation of those results. It is thus seen that the irrotational motion of a fluid in mUltiply connected regions may be a motion characterized . by n?n-ze!"J) circulations around irreducible circuits. The present consideratIOns leave the values of the circulations undetermined. Additional independent considerations need to be invoked if the circulations "are to be determined. lrrotational motion with non-zero circulations around irreducible circuits is referred to as cyclic motion.

paths connecting Q and P. It' further follows that along reducible circuits the velocity potential <'P is single valued. The situation is different for irreconcilable paths and irreducible circuits. Let Ca be a path th~t is irreconcilable with C1 and consequently also with Ca. Now the circulation around the irreducible circuit formed by C 1 and Ca need not be zero; for example, it may be r. Then we obtain (taking proper account of the direction of integration for I')
( p


d<'P -



(9.71 )

[<J>(P) - <J>(Q)]vlao. - [<'P(P) - <J>(Q)]viacI =

We conclude that the integral

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reconcilable paths connecting P and Q. It further follows that along irreducible circuits the velocity potential el> ma, be multivalued. FroI:JI Eqs.
(9.70) and (9.71) we obtain


t del>' may have different values along ir-

(9.75) where r is the circulation around an irreducible circuit. We thus conclude that across the barrier the potentilll jumps by an amount r.

[el>(P) - el>( Q)Jvla C.

From (9.71) we have

[el>(P) - el>( Q)]VIa C. =


[el>(P)]vla C.

= [el>(P)]VIa C, + r + [el>( Q)]v1a C.

[el>(Q)]vla C,

Now consid~r another path, irreconcilable to C 1 , such as C4 in Fig. 9.18. The paths C 3 and C 4 form an irreducible circuit. Hence, we obtain

[el>(P) - Cl>( Q)]vla C.

[el>(P) - Cl>( Q)1vla C. =


Fig.9.19 Illustrating the jump in the potential across a barrier.



Fig. 9.18 Illustrating further the multivaluedness of the potential in a doubly connected region.

From (9.72) and (9.73) it follows that

[$(P)]viac. = [$(P)]viac,

+ 21' + [$(Q)]Yiac.

- [$(Q)]vlac,


In this, depending on the path from Q to P, the potential at P may Jlssume many values that will differ by integer multiples of the circulation' r. Similar results hold for irrotational motion in multiply connected regions. We shall not enter into a derivation of those results. Refer~nce may be made to Lamb (1932). Consider again the doubly connected region R. Let us now render the region into a simply connected region by inserting a barrier as shown in Fig. 9.19. Consider two adjacent points P and Pion either side of the barrier and the integral of d$ along any path C connecting P to Pl' We
Assume that ~(Q) is zero for all paths.

We summarize briefly the main results of the preceding two sections. For the irrotational motion of a ftuid in a simply connected region, the circulation around every circuit is zero and the velocity potential is single vlllued. For the irrotational motion of a ftui" in a doubly connected region the following results hold: the circula:ion around any reducible r:ircuit is zero; the circulation around an irreducible circuit mayor may not be zero, it remains unknown;' the circulation has the same value for all irreducible circuits; the velocity potential may be many valued over irreducible circuits; the various values of the potential differ by multiples of the circulation; if a barrier is inserted to ma~e the region simply connected there is a jump in the potential across the barrier; the jump being equal to the value of the circulation. 9.16 Conditions at Infinity

We now turn to the specif.cation of the conditions at infinity for tht" Neumann exterior p'toblem. To recail, the problem concerns the irrotational motion of fluid in the region R exterior to the surfat;e S of a body (sec Section 9.11) ..We are to determine the potential <J> as the solution of the equ3tlO!'I VIet> = ('

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fer, t)

on S

fifer, t)dS - -u
.... 0


n dS

and some conditions at infinity. To determine the nature of the conditions at infinity we proceed as follows. Let~. be ah arbitrary surfaCl" drawn such that it encloses the


for steady flow past a ji~d rigid body. Consider the case ora body moving through the flurd. Suppose that the motion of the body is pureiy a rigid body motion; that is, the motion consists of translation and rotation only but no deformation. Let V(t) denote the velocity of translation and w(t) the angular velocity of the body, the axis of rotation passingthrough some point of the body. With r measured from a point on the axis of rotation we have U.(r, t) Equation (9.78) then becomes

== Vet) + w(t)

x r

Fic. 9.18 Illustrating t~ determination of infinity conditions.


t) dS - Vet) .



+ w(t) .


r x DdS

surface S of the body (see Fig. 9.20)~ Now, according to the divergence theorem we have

If the body is also deforming. the integral

if .... cz, ... as -if


lI'ad cz, b



U.(r, t) D as



~ dT

where R is the volume of the region includedbetw=n the surfaces S and ~ , and, as shown in Fig. 9.20, D denotes the outward norm~l on the surfaces S and~. It follows that

need not vanish, there being in general a contribution due to the deformation part ofthe body motion. The contribution is non-zero only if the deformation is such that the volume of the body is alti!,ing. With these colisiderations in mind, we shall distinguish two cases: one that of a rigid body, whether in motion through the fluid or fixed in a flow past it, and the other that ofa deforming body. In the latter case by deformation we shall mean only volume changes. We conclude that

It follows that

t) dS == 0,

for a rigid body for a deforming body (9.81 )


grad <l n dS -


'grad cz,

~ D as ...

fi fer,

t) dS


" 0,

Now from Eqs: (9.62) and (9;63) we obtain


grad cz, D dS = 0,

for a rigid body

off fer,

t) ciS =


U.\r, t). n as


(9.82) # O. for a deforming body The integral over ~ will therefore vanish if the body is rigid or will be finite and equal to a definite function of time if the body is undergoing




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volume changes. Now, the integral over ~ must be independent of the shape and location of the arbitrary surface~. This means grad <II should behave 'in a certain way, with distance from the body such that Eq. (9.82) is fulfilled. To examine this behavior, consider first a finite three-dimensional body. The region exterior to the body surface S is then simply connected. Let us choose 1: to be the su~face of a sphere with its center at some point close to the body. Choose the center of the sphere as the origin of coordinates and introduce spherical coordinates r, 8, qJ. Equation (9.82) then becomes

where, as shown in the figure, D is the normal to rt' and ds is an element of the circuit rt'. Now choose <;' to be a circle with center at some.point d05C to the body, the center as the origin of coordinates and introduce cylindrical coordinates r, 8 in the plane of motion. Equation (9.86) then becomes


a<II r dO -= 0,

for a rigid cylinder but finite, for a deforming body .(9.87)



J! or

i( iJ<J> r2 sin 0 dO dqJ = 0,


for a rigid body but finite, for a deforming body (9.83)


It follows that O<f>lor should behave at least as follows as r goes to infinity: as r ....... 00 if the body is rigid (9.84) O<f> -.,,1 if the body is undergoing rl volume changes


It can be shown, by the application of the curl theorem, Eq. (2.127), to the vector field grad <II in the region R included between the surfaces Sand ~, that the derivatives 0<11100 and O<f>liJqJ should go to zero as I/r 2 as r goes (0 infinity: O<f> O<f> 1 (9.85) -"""'- asr-oo

JIIi. 11.11

lUustratiDg the determination or infinity conditions for two-dimensional flow exterior to an iDftnite cyliDder. .

It follows that iJ<I>lar should behave at least as follows as r goes to infinity:

as r-


OqJ r' This is true for rigid and deforming bodies.

iJO '

if the cylinder is rigid (9.88) iJ<I>l

R.ecall that in the problem of the body moving through ttie fluid the conditions (9.84) an<U9.85) apply on the actual velocity potential, while in the problem of flow past a fixed body they apply on the potential t/J defined by the relation grad <II = grad t/J + u (see Section 9.11). Consider now the two dimensional flow in the region exterior to an infinite cylinder. Let ~o denote the boundary curve of the surface S of the cylinder, the curve being obtained by the intersection of a plane of motion with the cylinder (Fig. 9.21). Similarly, let rt' denote the boundary curve of the arbitrary surface 1:. Equation (9.82) then takes the form

-"""'or r'

if the cylinder is undergoing volume changes

To examine the behavior of the derivative M>loO, we consider the circulation arouDd the circuit rt'. Since rt'. is an irreducible circuit (th~ region exterior to ~. is doubly connected) the circulation around rt' may Dot vanish. We bave)r~ Jr~. Now, as before, we choose a circle for rt' and obtain
...( grad4> ...


grad<ll ..... r



grad <II n ds

== 0,

for a rigid cylinder but. finite, for a deforming cylinder (9.86)

leads to the same result.


1 a<II - - rdO =
r 00


Note that the application or the curl theorem to grad ~ in the region between .... and ...




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(u .


We conclude that iJ4>/08 should behave as follows:



'iJ4> 1 - .......,08 r'

,...., finite,


== 0

1 u )--- r


iff' F 0

. where U., U" U. are the components of thf! uniform stream V, and u., u" u are the components of the actual velocity. For ftow past an infinite cylinder the- corresponding results are:

We note that in the problem of the cylinder moving through the ftuid the conditions' (9.88) and (9.91) apply on the actual velocity potential, while in the problem of ftow past a fixed body they apply on the potential t/>. 9.17 Velocity Components at Infinity The behavior of the velocity components at infinity may now be stated. Consider first the motion arisillg out of a body mo!ing thr'ough the fluid. For a finite body we have the following result: if body is rigid

1 (u, - U,),....,1 ,....,r


ifr .. 0 if r " 0


""- ' I

if body undergoes volume changes


where U. arid U,. are the components of the uniform stream V, and u.and u, are the oomponents of the actual velocity. We conclude that for :the steady flo,,!, post 0 fixed rigid body the fluid velocity at infinity is equal to the original uniform ve,,,city. 9.18 SomeFartber Properties of Irrotational ,Motloit
Simply COlUWcted Regio". We shall now record some further pro~rtieS of irrotational motion that are of particular in!ttcst to us. Consider first rilotion in a simply connected region. . (1) The potential 4 can neither be a maximum nor minimum in the interior

and . 1

"",.". --:1 r
where u., .u,. u. are components of the velocity. For an infinite cylinder the corresponding results are: if body is rigid

of the fluid.
Consider a pointP in the interior of the fluid. Let 6T be an infinitesimal volume element surroundingP. Let 6S be the surface of the clement. We then have

1 ,....,_.,

if the body unQ~rgoes volume changes



dS -

~ grad 4 ;. dS

.. 6T di" (grad 4) - 0 This shows that in the immediate neighborhood of P t1te spatial derjvative iJ4>/on for all directions of the outward normal n can neither be v/holly positive nor negative. Hence we conclude that 4 can neither be a minimum nor a maximum at P. . ' It follows .that the maximum and minimum values of 4 will occur only on the boundary of the motion.

u, -- -, r'l

if r ifr

== 0

where u., u, are the components of the velocity. We conclude that in the problem of a body moving through a fluid the fluid velocity at infinity is zero. Consider next the steady ftow past a fixed rigid body. For a finite body

(2) The spatial dcrivativesof4 are also harmonic functions, that is they


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satisfy lAplace's equation. We have


V = grad~ div V == VI(J) == 0

curl V == 0 From the


grad CI> DdS

=fff (grad CIldT


relation we obtain

Such a relation also holds for each o(the derivatives 04>/iJz, 04>/ar, 04>lih since they are also harmonic. Adding the Corresponding re!ationsJor the derivatives, we obtain

curl (curl V) = grad (div V) - VSV = -vsv

Hence it follows that or,

~ff grad Vi ~ D dS




+ (grad vt + (arad w)l] dT



V (grad CI == 0
In Cartesians, we have



VI(:) == 0 va(:) == 0
1 (:) -


04> v-. 011 .04> w--,

y ...

ul + Vi +'wl


Thus the first derivatives of CI> are also harmonic functions. In the same way, we can show that the higher derivatives of CI> are- also hatmoni,. (3) The spatiol derivatives of CI> can neither be maximum no" minimum in the interior of the fluid. This follows from (1) if instead of :> we consider its derivatives. (4) The velocity c;omponents can neither be a maximum nor a minimum in the interior of the fluid. This follows from (3). (5) The magnitude of the velocity cd'nnot be a maximum in the interior of the fluid. If~ and CI> are two scalar functions of position, Green's theorem (2.139) states that

Now CODSloer a point Plin the interior pf tile duid. Let dS ~ the surface of an infinitesimal volume element surrounding P, Equation (9.~) then tak~ ,the form


dS _


grad yt. DdS





'Y grad CI> D dS

= fff<'y V CI> + grad 'Y grad CI



substitute CI> for 'Y. We then obtain, noting that VI(J) = 0,


CI> grad CI> D dS =


This shows. that in, the immediate neighbOrhood of P the ~patial derivative avalon for all directiOns of the outward normal Ii can never be wholly negative. Hence we conclude that J'I or equivalently' the magnitude of the velocity can never be a maximum at a point in the interior of die fluid. It follows that the maximum of VI will occur on the boundary oftbe motion. It may be noted that no Conclusion isorawn here regarding the possibility of the magnitude of the velocity attaining a minimum within the fluid. (6) The pressure attains its minimum at tire boundary of the fluid. The pressure at any point is given by the Bernoulli equation '

(grad CII dT

, - - p ( -'-


va), at + ~ + f(t) 2

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where the effect of the body forces is not included. Consider as before a .point P in the interior of the fluid and let lJS be the surface of an infinitesimal volume clement lJT surrounding P. We then have

This being the case. we can readily show that cJ)1 - $, m~t be a constanL Using Green's theorem (2.139) we obtain .

fJ ~:






[srad(cJ)l - cJ).)J' dT .....

~ ~

(cJ)1 :.... cJ).) grad

(~1 -

cJ).)'.ia dS

grad P D dS

~p.! Ie grad (J). D dS - e t( grad,V

otJtr .s

2Jtr 'fl



:= -

at ., pIe oVa 2Jtr Tn dS


E. fIJv~ dT - e t( pv

or or cI>. - cJ)1

- Jtr (cJ)1 Jt .

$.) 1.. (cJ)1 -


-.) dS

(cJ)1 - $.) grad (cJ)1 - cJ).) ... d$'

2Jtr on .Il


where l: is an arbitrary surface enclOsing S. The integral over S vanishes on account of the boundary condition: If we let the arbitrary sUrfaCe l: go to infinity, the integral over l: also vuishcs on accOunt ofthc behavior of the integrand at infinity. Hence'we obtain . [grad (<<-I -


The last step follows from (9.97).' . ., 'This shows that in the immediate neighborhood of P the spatial denvative for al~ directions of the outward normal D can never.~ wholly positive. Hence wo conclude that the pressure can never ~. a mlDlmum. at a point in the interior of the fluid. It follows that the miniMUm pressure will occur on the boundary of the motion. . (7) The solution of the Neumann exterior problem, in a ~mply connected

cJ)~)r dT !;Ii: 0


+ a constant

(9.98) ,

The constant may depelld'on time. TJiisis the dcsitcd result.

region is IIIIit:pIe up to an additive constant. To recall. the pr081em is to solve the equation

DodIy Co. .~4 RqitnI. ,The properties described in (I) to (6) above arc also valid' for irrotational motion in a doubly connected region.
The uniqueneSs property givenin (7) ~uircs modification. Consider the Neumann problem in the doubly connected region exterior to an infinite cylinder. Let tt0 denote the boundary curve of the Cylinder (Fig. 9.22). The problem'is to det.ermine cJ) the ~Iution of

in the'region R exterior to the surface S with the condition

(JcI) _


fer, t)



VIcJ) - 0
in. the region R exterior t~ tl. with the condition

and certain conditions on the derivatives of ~ at infinity. as given by Eqs. (~.84) and (~.85). Suppose that there arc two sol~tions cJ)l, and cI>. satisfying the equation and th~ auxiliary conditions. ConSider the difference cJ)1 - ~.. We have V'(<<-l - cI>.) - 0




.! (cI>l -


cI>.)- 0 on S

The behavior of the derivativ~ of cJ) as r -+ 00 is as given by Eqs.(9.81S, and (9.91) . Suppose that there arc two'solutions cJ)1 and cJ)" Then the di1fcrcncc ". - cJ)1 - cI>. is a solution. of

Furtherritore, the derivatives of (cJ)1 - cJ)1) behave in a certain way at



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in Rand, satisfies the condition

Now we have on

a'Y __ 0 an


'1'.+ - (cI>J.+ - (cI>J.+ b_ = (cI>I)._ - (cI>.>._


Furthermore, as r _:00 the derivatives of 'I' behave in the way required by Eqs. (9.88) and (9.91). To e~amine the nature of 'I' in R, we wish to apply, as before,: Green's theorem (2.139). This theorem applies to singlevalued functions only. However, the region R is doubly connected, and

are single valued.

Although cI>1 and cI>1 are multivatued r the derivatives This meanS that

acI>Ja"l ai;rd acI>alanl

a'Y) (onl
It therefore follows that
) a


~ onl.~

(0'1') ,

ff (gr~d ,,)' dS ;:: I {[(cI>I)L barrier

(cI>I).J '- [(cI>J._

+ (~i>.+]} ':: tis


The difference in the potential across the barrier is simply equal to the circulation around an irreducible circuit. Let the circulation correSponding to cI>1 be denoted by r l. and that corresponding to cI>. by r,. We then have 'fJ(grad '1')' dS =

, '

(rI -' r I)


f a'Y ds on

.... 9.11 Illustrating 'the uniqueness proof for the Neumann problem in a doubly c:oanected region. '

or,' in terms of cI>1 and cI>.,

therefore cI>1' cI>" and 'I' may be many valued. We can make th~m single valued by inserting a barrier as shown in Fig. 9.22. Let't. be an arbitrary circuit enclosing i",. Applying Green's theorem (~.139) to 'I' in the region (I ~een i"o and ~'. we obtain

ff [grad (cI>1 -' cI>JJI dS = (rl

r l)


(cI>1 - cI>1) ds



. 'fo proceed further we must specify the circulations are equal, then <1>1 =: cI>1 a constant

r 1 and rl'

If they


'1')1 dS -

'I' 0'1' ds


I'f' a'Y an



- f 'I' a'Y ds -f'Y 0'1' ds on v, on' ,


wbere 8 1 and 8 respectively are 'the normals on the barrier and the'circuits i"o and~, and tis is an element oflength on the boundary of (1. The integral over ~o vanishes sincea'Y/on is zero on ~o. We now let ~ go to infinity. In view of the behavior of 'I' and as r - 00, we conclude that the integral over ~ vanishes as r -~ 00. Hence we obtain



<grad '1')1 dS - /.

f'Y 0'1' ds +f'Y a'Y ds anI anI


whr:re b+ denotes the CD side of the barrier arid b_ the "B side of the oarrier.

If r I and 1'1 a~e not equal, ,then cI>. and cI>1 are not equal. We thus conclude that the solution to the Neumann 'exterior pwolem in a doubly connected region is uniquely determined (up to a" additive constant) only when the circulation is specified. For the same b.oundary and infinity conditions, different values of the circulation yield d!fferent solutions. The uniqueness theor,ems for the solution of the l Neumann exterior problem are of considerable importance in aerodynamic theory., Without the theorems it would never' be possible to 'assert that the flow pattern ,calculated for certain boundary conditions is the correct one. For a doubly connected region the theorem shows that the circulation must be specified in order to obtain a unique solution. It must be noted that the value of the circulation cannot be specified on 'he hasis of the cOl/sideratimu giuen so far. The specification of the circulation must lher~fore rest on other considerations such as those derived from a physical u~.derstanding of the real features of the flow problem at hand.

Irrota1ional Motion

1 a(0'Y) V''Y---,. r Or A, '1 OI'Y +---0 ' 1 ,1 06

Ideal-Fluid 'Aerodynamics in Cartesians, and 9.19 We now consider ~he relation between the velocity potential and the stream functions. andtbe equations' governing the stream functions in irrotational motion. Foi' 'incompressible motiQn the velocity field is related to the stream functions by v - grad 'I"1 x grad 'Y~

in cylindrical 'coordinates. Thus ,in two-dimensional irrotational motion of an incompressible ftilid. the stream function obeys Laplace's equation.
AXUy1lUfteW Mftio"-. For such a motion we' have in spheri.:ar ordinates r, 6, rp (see Section 4.11)

If the motion is also irrotational and

It then follows that



V..,; grad"
we have

This then is the relation between the velocity potential and tbe stream functions. An equation governing 'Y1 and 'Y1 in irrotational motion is given by the condition of irrotationality :
cutl (grad'l"1
(see Section 4.10)

f 0'Y A, r r1sin606 10. 1 a'Y' - -aB - u, - - - - -,, ' , sin (} or

--u - - - -



Similarly, in cylindriCal coordinates r, rp, x we have

grad '1".) - 0


, TffHJ-~ M.... For s~ .. motion we have in Cartesians

'Y == 'Y(r, x) '1'. -'rp

acI u - - - -a,' r ,ax

It tbeo fonows that


--v--'a, a,
Similarly. in cylindrical coordinates we have

'a. i1'Y -,-U-aX oz a. , iJ'Y

--u.--ax or




Then equation (9.101) becomes

_1_ O"Y
sin (}


+! i.(_1_0'Y)
rl iJ9 sin 6 '06

_ 0


in spherical Coordinates r, 9, " ~nd

'Y1 - '1"(" 9) 'Y.-%


O"Y =-!o'l +~=o





1 0cJ)

- - ur - - 09 A, ,


; 00 The eqlijltiori (9.101) become:

u, - -

0'Y iJr


in cylindrical coordinates, r. ". x. We note that the equation for the stream function in axisymmetric in-otational incompressible motion is not Laplacesequation.

V"Y- ~r





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Chapter 10

shouldv~in a certain way:With distanCe from the body iii that.distuc:e tends to infinity. Henceforth. we shall refer to this i'equimrient 'as tile

infinity condition..

Unsteady AcyClic Motion


Note that the \)ouodary condition (10.2) may be expressed also in the . .


.!! - grad.~ un

VCr. i) . on

F(r. t) - 0


grad~'gradF -.U"gradF on F(r,t)-O

We now begin the considerations lor ConstruCting the ~llItions of flow -problems associated with the motiod of a solid body through an ideal ftuid. Our tiftal aim is to determine the pressure distribution over the surface of the body and the forw and moment .aing on the body. In this chapter we shall concern ourselves with a few simple example$ and some general results concerning the acyclic motion resulting from the motion of a rigid solid body translating through an in6nitely extending ideal fluid.

This states that at every point on the surface of the body the compoQeDt normal to the body oftht fl~ velocity is equal to the normal <.ompOnent of the body velocity. Once the velocity potential is .d~ed. the pressure at any point is given by

Per. t) -


+:i <.... ~,] +




tC.l Matltematid1 ProbIeat

Our problem is to determine the velocity potential.for the ftuid'motion resulting from the motion of a solid body through an infinitely extending ftuid that was initially in a state of rest. We choose a space fixed reference frame and describe the surface of the body as .

The effect of the body forces on the pnssure is not included in this relation. Such effect. as explained before, may be accounted for by calculating the hyclrostatic.p~ure under the action of the body forces and adding it to the pressure calculated by (10.4). D~note the pressure at.infinity.which is a constant, by Pio. Then the relation for the pressure may be "'"tten as
p(r. t) - p ... - p [ ~

JOlr. t)

- 0



and the velocity of an element of the surface of the body as V. In general. the body may be translating. rotating. and deforming. Consequently. V may in general be a function of position on the surface of the body anei time. If the body is rigid and is in translatory motion only. then V is a function of time but uniform over the surface of the body. For the' problem under consideration we shall denote the velocity potential by ~ rather than by ~ which :las been employed generally so far for the velocity potential. The mathematical problem is to dete~ine '" as solution of the equation VI", _ 0 ( 1 0 . 1 )

1 .. :1 + i Wad ;)I . J


10.1 Expudiag Sphere _ . We no~ consider. a simple. example of unsteady motion. A sphere Immersed 10 the flUId expands unifo~lyin all directions, We wish to . determine the pressure on the surface of the sphere. We choose the center of the sphere as the origin of coordinates and introduce spherical coordinates r. 8. tp. If a denotes the radius of the sphere the surface of the sphere is described by
r = a(t)

such dial tie solution satisfies the boundary condition

or by


aF + grad~. gradF- 0


on F(r. t) - 0


F(r, t)


r - a(t) :;:: 0

furthermdre;thc components

ot the velocity

The boundary condition (10.2) then takes the form .




on r - a(t)



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In Iipt of the boundary ~ndition we rea1ize that ~ is a function of rand t only: .


10.3 ProWem for a Tpmlatlna. Body .. Referaa Frame

of Body


== t/J..r, t}
== 0

Then the equation for ~ becomes

.!.(,.s ot/J)

or or

Henceforth we shall be concerned with the problem of .fluid motion resulting from the motion of a rigid body Iranslating through the fluid. For such a situation the velocity of the body does not change with position on the surface of the body although the translatory velocity may be a function of time: (10.14) U = U(t) only
For a rigid body the function specifying the surface ohhe body becomes independent of time if described from a reference frame fixed in the body. From a space fixed frame the function describing the body surface is time dependent even if the body is rigid and undergoing only translatory motion with a .C<?nstant velocity. These observations combined with the fact that time does not appear explicitly in the governing equation for the velocity potential suggest that it will be:advantageous to consider the analysis of the problem in terms of a reference frame fixed with respect to the body. We shall therefore use such a reference frame. Consequently we shall now express the problem, which has so far been expressed in terms of a space fixed reference frame, in terms ofmeasur;:nents made from a body fixed frame. . Denote by Kl a referena: frame fixed with respect to the moving body . We shall denote by the subscr:ipt I all measurements and operations made with respect to the frame K I The spac;e fixed reference frame shan be denoted by K, and the measurerI)ents and operations made with respect to X shall be denoted without any subscript. We now set up the connection between the deScriptions in the two frames (Fig. 10. i). Since Xl is translating with a velocity U(.t) with respect to K we have, assuming that the two frames are coincident at time zero, rl

Integration yieldli

- .. A(I} or -,.s
+ const

(l0.9) .

t/l(r,t) _ - .,.(t) r

The constant, which may depend on time, lIlay be set equal" to zero. We determine A(t) on the basis of the,condition ClO.8). We thus obtain

A(t) _ 41't) da. . dt and

f/,{r, ,) __



. (10.10)

The velocity IS gaven by

V - JI'8d .,. For the pressure at


""7 dt- e




point~e obtain

p(r, t) - Pe -

[~ + ! (grad t/J),J . ot. 2

_ Pe

+ e[.!(a l da) ~ . r dt dt ~

!(a' da)rlJ d,

== r 1(r, t) == r


(10.1 S)

Th~ pressure on the surface of the sphere is

given by

t For the potential t/J~. in Kl corresponding to cfo in K we have

~1(rl> 11)

'1 - ',(r, I) -

p[a"(t), t] -,Pe + ~[3e;J + 2a ~;:]

= ~l[rl(r, I), , 1(ra, t)]


- t/>(r, I)


The pressure is uniform over the surface of the sphere and consequently' the fluid. exerts no resultant foree or moment on the sphere. Work, however. has to'be done in expanding ~~ sphere against the pressure f~rces. Theexpancling sphuc is a simple example of a body undergoing volume cha~ges. For ~tlch a body, w~ recall, the velocity compone~ts should vaaish at least as IJrI as r - 00. This is bom: out by the solution (10.9).

Similarly for the function Fl describing the body surfaccin Kl and for the pressure PI in [(1 we have

Ft(r t , t 1) = F1[rt(r. t), tl(r, t)] = FCr, t} PIeri' 11) = p,[rl(r, I). 11(r, r)] = per, t)



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It follows that

or (10.23) We conclude that in terms of the frame Xl the problem is tPI(r1> t l ) as the solution of the equation . V IltPl
10 determ;n~

== 0
on I(r l)


such that the solution satisfies boundary condilion

VltPl . D == lI(t). D

== 0


Furthermore. the potential tPl and the components of the relocily

ql" VltPl (10.26).

The various differentiation operations in the two framesare related as

follows: . V. - VOl

V' .. Vii

. (10.19) (10.20)

should satisfy the ;nfinityr:ondilions. Once the potential tPl is determined the pressure at any point is obtained in terms of the measurements made in frame'K1 by.the relation
p{r. t)

Since from (IO.IS)

. and

ot ot ot ot 1 ot .
l _.

o Wt1 0 ---.l




= PI{rl 'I) == P>

p[~~: - U(t) V 1tPi + ~ (Vl'l)']'


- .. -

o 0ot a"

U{t) VI


This is obtained from (10.5). , We observe that in terms of the. description in frame Xl time enters the problem for the potential only through U in the boundary cqndition. We state that the time dependence of the potential comes through the time dependence of the velocity of the body. If the body is translating with a ~onstant vdocity. then the potentiar described in terms of a body fixed reference frame is time independent. The problem for the potential in terms of.the body fixed frame may be iriterpreted as a certain flow past a fixed rigid body. To see this. let us first write the boundary condition (10.25) in the form [- U(t) or
(- U(t)

Intcrms of the frame Xl the equation for the potential bc:co~es

+ VltPI] '0== 0
0 on FI(rl)"

VII+. .. 0
The boundary condition takes the form

+ qJ . D =


Introduce now a velocity Viand I. potential Cl>1 such that on VI = VI$I == -U(t)


ii: -

- ) U VIFI + VltPlV IFI = 0

+ ql =

-U-+;- VltPl

Equation (10.24) and the boundary condition (10.25) then take the form
,\"2$1 = 0

(10.29) F(r)

and V$j . D








Unsteady Acyclic: Motion the sphere due to the reaction ofthe fluid. The sphere is or"radi~s a. The velocity of the sphere is time dependent, thal is the sphore is in accelerating motion. W~ choose a body-fixed reference frame and introdu~ spherical c0ordinates r, 8, qJ with origin at the center of the sphere (Fig. 10.3). The axis

From (10.2&) it follows that'

"(Vl~l - V.),-(-U)

as r-



The ft!lw problem represented by (lO.28, 29, 30) is that for flow past a fiXed,rigid ~y, the velocity at jnfinity being -U (see Fig. 10.2). It is thai at each' instant the flow field corresponds'to that of steady flow past the fixed body, the uniforln velocity at infinity ~ng the negative of the velocity of the body at the i~stant under consideration. The only difference between a strictly steady flow past a fixed rigid body and that 'of the translating body as described id the body-fixed frame is that in the latter




Fla. 1'.1 Flow in the body-fixed reference frame.


I ...... _-"", /

case the velocity at infinity changes from instant to instant. In this sense the solution for the flow problem for a transiating body and that for the corresponding steady flow past the body is the same. These observations are in line with the considerations in Chapter 9 where it was shown that for an irIotational motion characterized by a single-valued potential the state of motion at O!le instant is independent of that at another instant. . When the problem for a iranslating rigid body is viewed in terms of the body-fixed frame as flow past a fixed rigid body, the potential 4>1 is referred to as the disturb.ance potential. This signifies that 4>1 arises due to the . disturbance by the body of an originally un;form stream. The velocity


Fla. 10.3 Coordinate system for transJatiag spheR.

from which 8 is measured is chosen opposite to the bod>, velocity ~. The bouJ'ldary condition, * from (IO,2S), is on This red uces to , - a

---Ucos8 on ,=a

at/> . '.



s tllen known ,relocity

= Vl4>l


In light" of this we expect the potential to be independent of the coordinate that is, we expect the motion te;> be axisymmetric. Hence we have

the di.$turbance velocity. The potential

and the

t/> - 4>(/, 8, I)
The equation for the potential ttaen takes the form

are called respectively the total potential and the total ,,'elocily or, simply the potential amI the velocity. We note that the disturbance potential and velocity in .the bQdy-fixed frame correspond to the actual potential and velocity in the frame K. 10." Translating Sphere A rigid'spl}cre is translating through me fluid. We wish to deterl1)ine


-i} r

(2 .'




a SID +...... (. v


04 00



. ! 10,33)

W~ construct the solution by separation of variables ("",,nsult fur instanc:e Hildebrana 1949 or, Sneddon 1957). We assume that

4>(r, 0) = R(T) 0(0)


(10 J.+)

the. prasure distribution over tbesphere and the force and moment

We shall omit hereafter the subscript'l to denote thaI the description is with rtspect to the body-fixed frame. for, this is the only frame -we shall use,


The general solution of the(10.36).replaeing k by n(II

+ I}, is of the

(10.3S) where k is a separation constant. This equation 'is equivalent to two separate 'equations for R aJidS:
R - C.T" '+ ~ r+'1

where, C. and D. are consta~t coefficients. SinCe the solution for. should at Ie. ~tbe fi~ as r - 00, we set C. equal to zero fIld write

A.(,.. dR) _ kR. dr

~(sin 8 del + k8 sin 8 dB) . d8

() 0


-D~ rll+1


The solution for the potential is then of the form (10.37)


These are ordinary differential equatioDlwhose solutions are well known (see for instance Hildebrand). We first consider (10.37). By puttinS:
k - n(1I

~r, 8) - ,,-0 r IOt"



where Ot" is a conslant.'Which in the present problem may bea function of time. Writing (10.44) explicitly we have

+ I}

(10.38) (10.39)

where II is non-negative, and by .writing Cos8.,., (10.31) mav be brougbtinto the form
- (1 - p'> _. dp dp

We now determine the eoefficients by application of the boundary CU)ftdition(lO.32): We have


tiS] +


+ I)S-()




__ Ott _

2Ot1 cos 8 _ ...


where 0 is expressed as a run~tion of p. this is Legendre's d.ifferentitll equation. The general solution of this equation is ofthe form

The boundary condition requires that the following relation be satisfied

o ::A;,.P..(p) + B;.Q.(p)


. at/> ate cos 8 -U,COS 8 , . - (i' - a) - . - -l ' - 2Ot 1 ~ a al



where p .. and Q" are ugeNire funet/olu and A .. andB" arc constant coefficients. Th: furtetion Q..tP) .becomesinfinitc. on the ~s 8 -0 and 8 - fr. Hence we set the,coefficienfB.. equal to zero. The functionP..{p) becomes infinite on the axis if n is not an integer. Therefore we restrict n to integral values and write (10.42) 0- A. ..p ..<P)

This ,is satisfied by' setting


a, Ott. . . == 0


We have now obtained the solution for 4> which is

JJ, ,.8 Y'\, ,

1'he fl!Jlction p ..(p) is a certain polynomiaUn p of degee n. The first few

polynomials are

t) _ U(t)a' cos 8 _ ~,aa.u(t). r





PI(p) """ p -cos tJ

p.(p) P3<t~)

t(3l-"- \) -,t(3 cosl8 -


== l(5p' - 3p) - !(S cost 8 -

n 005 8,

We may now determine the streamline pattern for this motion. The motion is axisymmetric and the equation of a streamline in any axial plane is represented by '1'<" 8) ==. constant


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drp = -r sin OUB dr
Now using (10.48) we obtain

To determine this function" we have the reliltion that along a streamline

+ r2 sin OUr dO :::::! 0


10'" sin () u, == -- =Ual- - = r ao 2 rl

a,; Va' 2 cos 0 u==-==---r ar 2 r'

With these relations (I0.49) yields

Ual(sinlO d 2 sin () cos (), )' '-1- r d() == 0 2 r r,


_U;' d( Sin: 0) == 0
tp{r, 0) - - -

Hence the stream function is given by

Ua' sinl () -2 r

+ a constant
== 0


The co~stant may be set equa: to zero, so that " streamhnes are therefore described by the equation sin 6 -,- == constant

on () - O. The


The streamline picture given by (10.51) is shown in Fig. 10.4. Note that this picture describes the disturbance velocity field. It is the streamline pattern observed from a space-fixed reference frame that coincides with the body-fixed frame at the instant of time under consideration. In the preceding considerations we have omitted exhibiting explicitly the time Qependence of" and U in the various relations. . The pressure over the surface of the sphere is given by
p{a. (), t) :: p> - p[iJ,; - V(t) .. \ iJt

FiI. 10.4 Streamlines

or the

diIturbanc:e field resulting' from a tnlnslating sphere.

We may express (10.52) in the form

~p =(p _ p )

pUI{t)( == 1.2

9. - SID


.- -

pa dU cos{) 2 dl

V4> + ! (V tfJ)l] at r-a 2




+ ~Pz


p[U1(t) == p.., + 2 -4- {9 cos (J

dU S) - a dr cos 0]

() and


== - 2 -


4SID10) ,


if the sphere' is moving with a constant velocity the pressure distribution over the sphere is given by put p(a. 0)= p.., + 8 (9 cost 0 - 5) (10.53)


== - - -

pa dV
2 dt

cos ()


The variation of tJpI and ()P. over the sphere are shown in t=:ig.'IO.5. It i~


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seen that while ~Pl is symmetrical with respect to the plane 0 = 11'/2, ~P2 is not symmetrical. We may state that acceleration of the sphere leads to asymmetry in the pressure distribution and consequently to a force on the sphere. We further recognize that the force is entirely due to lJP2 which may be referred to as the. pressure distribution due to acceleration.


0.8 0.6

experiences a resistance to its motion .. The resisting force is known as the drag force or simply as the drag. If the sphere is movin~ with coos!ant velocity the drag is zere! In other words, on~ the sphere has been set mto a constant velocity motion nO further application of an external force on the sphere is necessary to maintain its motion! The present theoretical result that the force (.In a sphere moving with constant velocity is zero is of course not substantiated by experiment. We shall take up further consideration of this. result later; we note that there is no moment acting 011 the sphere: Let us now ask about the force that must be applied to the sphere by an external agency so as to keep the sphere in motion through the fluid. Denoting by F. such external force we have, according to Newton's second law of motion,

d -(mU)=F.+F dt





-0.6 -0.8

Thi5 states, as we know, that the external force should balance the inertial force of the body and the resisting force of the fluid. Substituting for F from (10.57) and noting that 11 = e.U we obtain

F. =

:t[(m + ~ )uJ
8p 1I'a



Fla lO~ ~ure distribution over the suda.-:e of a translating sphere.

on the basis of this relation we may state that the reaction of the fluid on a solid sphere accelerating (in translation) through the fluid is equivalent to increasing the mas~ of the sphere by the amount

m' = i1Ta 1p .


The force on the sphere is given by F ==

J( -If po dS =

pa dU

dt" f.f D cos 8a


We refer to this mass as the additional apparent or virtual mass. Since the volume of the sphere is (t)1I'a ' it follows from (10.60) that the additional apparent mass is half of the mass of fluid displaced by the sphere.
0 dO dgJ

Force on a T1'1IDSiating Body of ArbitrJU')' Sbape

We note that F has a nonzero component only in the dir~tion of e%, that is in the direction of the instantaneous velocity of the sphere. We find
F= -

~ 1I'a'p dU e


We conclude that a solid sphere accelerating through an ideal fluid

The flow field resulting from the translatory motion of a rigid solid body of a more general shape than a sphere may be analyzed on similar line~ ~s those followed in the preceding section. In analyzing such flow fields It IS convenient to em;>lvy coordinates that are especially suited to the body Shapes under consideration. For the solutiofl of flow fields involving the motiGn ofso!idbodies of more general shape than a sphere reference may be made to Lamb (1932... We shall concern our.selves with some general


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results relating to the force and moment exerted by the fluid on a rigid body of arbitrary shape translating through the fluid. We have seen that in the case of the sphere the fluid exerts no force on the sphere jf the sphere is moving with a constant velocity. A reaction force hy the fluid appears only if the sphere is aca:lerating. We now inquire whethc:( such results hold, for bodies of arbitrary shape also. Itis possible to find the answer without having a detailed knowledge of the flow field under consideration.

With (10.62), the relation (10.61) for the force becomes



fjp ~~


+ fjp[q22 - U




Note that since the operations in the right member are with respect to tQe body-fixed frame and since with respect to that frame the surface S is time independent we can write

itp acP 0 dS ==0 itPcPn dS . If ot ot If 8 , 8

U )( (0 )( q) = (U q)o ..;.. (U o)CJ we write


. The other integral may be shown to vanish if the motion is acyclic or equivalently if the potential is single valued .. First using the relation

j[q2 _U .qJDdS = fj[~1 0- (U ,o)q] dS 8 2 8


jJ (0 x


(10.66) (10;67)

FIB. 10.6 Illustrating the detennination of the force on a translating rigid body.

According to the boundary condition (10.25) we have


== grad cb 0 = q 0

on S

Consider a rigid body of arbitrary shape translating with a velocity

U(t) th~ough the ftuid. Let S denote the surface of the body (Fig. 10.6).

Hence we can write

The flUId force acting on the body is given by

F -





it[fli 0_(U. D)q] dS == j[~ D 8 .


o)q] dS

Our immediate aim is to express F in terms of the velocity potential. It is Plnvenient, as already pointed out; to solve for the velocity potential by working in the body-fixed reference frame. If the space-fixed reference frame is chosen such that it coincides with the body-fixed frame at the time instant under consideration the pressure. according to Eq. (10.27), is given by . p(r, t) = p"" - P [ where q = grad cP (10.63) For convenience we shall employ often q for grad!/>. The operations in the right member of (10.62) are with reference to the body-fixed frarr.~.

Now, for any region'Ro enclosed by a fixed surface So and containing ftuid only, it can be shown that

ff[q; 0- (q. o)qJ dS ==




.'Vq - q. Vql dT == 0


ot -

U q

+ qlJ 2'

COplider the region of fluid enclosed between the surface Sand anuther fixed surface 1; enclosing'S (Fig, 10.6). The surface ,l: is of arbitrary shape and located at an arbitrary distance from the body. We then have


ff[q; 0- (q. o)qJ dS '"7{f[;1 0- D)q]




It follows that the value of this integral should be independent of tlte shape and location of the surface l:. We have seen that for a fimtt: rigId body, q vanJsbes as 1(,1 as 00 (see Section 9.17). The surface element



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dS grows at' r as r -

It therefo.rc follows that for a finite rigid ~y



By means of two planes normal to e cut out a small slice of the solid body (Fig. 10.7) and pick as shown an elemental area D dS on the surface of the slice. Note that the normal D in general need not be norm,l to e. Let e1 denote the direction along the curve of intersection between the body surface and a cutting plane. The unit vectors e1 and e are therefore

If the body is a rigid infinite cylinder we have seen that q vanishes as 1/,' as r - 00 if the circulation is' zero. If the circulation is not zero the ,. component of q vanishes as the 6-component of q vanishes as llr only (see Section 9.17). The surface element dS of 1: now ~rows as, as , - 00. Putting these results together, we state that for the infinite cylinder if the circulation is zero

dS and (q. D)q dS", 1. as r -



and if the circulation is not zero

a, _ and .... not coplanar.
Fit- 10.7 Illustrating that a part or the rOR:eOn the body is related to the .circulation around

ql dS and (q. D)q dS,...,! r

Hence it follows that the integral over 1: in Eq. (10.68) mav be made arbitrarily small, both for a finite body and an infinite cylinder ~ith circulation, by choosing the surface at larger and larger distances from the body. We conclude that the integral aver 1: should be zero and that consequently the integral over S is zero: Hence we have


It follows that the expression (10.64) for the force becomes F=

normal. Also D is normal to e1 We ~enote the e1 edge of the surface clement D dS by dl, ~nd choose the other edge say db of D dS such that


dS - pU(t) )(


DdS == ..
(D )( q) dS;

)( db
(q db)dl



Then we have
D d5)(

Consider next the inte~1 I, ==

if )(

== (di )( db)
e D

)( ..

== (q dl)db -

q dS. This integral is related in a

It follows that q dS

certain way to the circulation around the body and will' vanish if the circulation is zero. To see this let us consider the component of the vector I in some fixed direction e. We have

== (q dI)e db


since e dl i~ro. Let us write


e I



== edb


e D

)( ..



This is the normal distance between the cutting planes.


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e . ~ n x q dS s .

f(f dl) =J



r.(h) dh


10.6 Impulse Let F denote the force applied eJ..ternally to the body to translate it through'the fluid. Then, according to Newton's second laW' of motion we have d -(mU) = F,




where h is distance measured along the fixed direction e and




where m is the mass of the body. Rewrite the preceding equation as is the circullJtion around the curve of intersection between the body surface and the cutting plane situated at h. The limits hi and hz denote the extremities of the bOtty measured along the direction e. From (10.75) it follows that if the circulation around any arbitrary circuit drawn :>0 the surface ofthe body is zero, then the component of the integral I in any direction is zero, which means the integral itself is zero. We therefore conclude thatfor motions without circulation or, equil'alently for motions characterized by a single-valued potential the integral I vanishes:

F = ~(mU) - F
, dt Substituting from (10.77) for F we obtain


F. =

:,(mu - ifpl/lDdS)





q dS



Note that the integral in (10.77)" is actually a function of time only and consequently a/at in front of it. actutllly ~eans dldt . .Recall tha~ for acyclic irrota.tional motion, that IS f~r mO~lon charactenzed by ~ smgle valued potential, - ~ is equal to the ,".'pulslVe pres~e 1IT (see Sect~on ?9). The integral of the impulsive pressures IS called the Impulse. Denotang It by

We shall concern ourselves at present with acyclic motions only. We . conclude that for acyclic motions the force on the body is given by (10.77) The time dependence of the potential ~ arises only through the time dependence of the velocity U of the body. In fact we have #,.r, t) and

we have

J "'" and

if p~ if
dS =
8 8




F=-dt Equation (10.80) then takes the form





F, "'" -(mU
This states that

d dt

+ J)


the force applied externally on the body = the time rate orch.ange (if the momentum of the body + the time rate of change of the Impulse applied on the fluid . where o~/au denotes the gradient of ~ in the space of U. On account of ihis we may immediately state that if a finite rigid body is mOl'iftg with a constant velocity through all infinitely extending ideal fluid the force on the body is zero. This result is known. as d'Alembert's paraJox. We shall consider later the implications of this result. .The im~/se is the impulsive force retfU,ired to establish impulsively the state of motion under consideration ('See SectIOn 9.9). 10.7 1be Apparent Mass Tensor Equation 10.83 suggests that the reactio~ of th~ to a body translating through it is to change in some sense the mertlal force of the


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oody. The rate of change of the impulse vector, in general, is n(>t in the direction' of the acceleration of the body. This means the external force F. has 10 be applied, in general, in a direction different from that of th.e acceleration of the body through the fluid. To illustrate these ideas and to develop computational formulas for J we now introduce tlte notion of the f!Pparenf mass tensor. Consider, in terms .of'the body-fixed reference frame, tne matnematical problem for determining~. We have
Va~ =

(10.88) and (10.~9) and the infinity conditions, the potential ~ is obtained from . where cp is given by

~ = UI!PI

+ u,!Pt + Ua!P,.= U .cp

We have

(10.90) (10.91)

= (!PI' !Pa, !Pa) ;.ow we express the. impulse J in terms ofcp and D.


=ffp~n dS

, a~ grad ~ n = - = U(t) D


s s

cp)n dS

and certain infinity conditions. Let us choose a Cartesian coordinate system XIo xa, X3 and ".Jet elf ea, e, denote the reference unit vectors. We write (10.84) and (10.85) Since the equati':>n and theooundary.condition for solution for ,p in the form
~ are

~(ffp!ptD dS )u


linear we seek a

Let us denote by / , the component of J in the e, the direction. Then we have (10.93) i == 1,2,3 We introduce the symbol m lri with the meaning

where each of the functions ~lo ~, ~ is a solution of the, following problem VI~i == O (10.86) a~, on S grad ~; D == an ==

. ",n,

m le , ==

-ffp!Plen, dS ..


where; may be 1,2 or 3. We note that it is convenient to'set ;==1,2,3 (10.87) where !Pi unlike ,pi' are scalar functions. of position only. Time enters through "t. The system (10.86) then takes the form (10.88) grad !Pi n

Now, using (10.89) we may write the preceding equation in the form
m'le ; =-

-ffp!p/c ~:i dS.


(10.95) .

a!Pi = a;; = n

According to Green's fheorem (2.141) if functions the relation .


are two harmonic







The derivatives of !Pi and, !Pi should sati!fy ihesantetype of infinity conditions as ~ and its derivatives do. If !Pi are determined according to
Those familiar with summation convention should note that such~onvention is Qot used here.

If' s..

i1p1 a1pa


dS =J(1pa a1p1 dS

If' s.


holds for an; surface So enclosing a region in which V21pl and V21p2 are zero. We consider the region enclosed between the surface S ~nd an arbitrary surface l: enclosing S, and apply (10.96) to the functIOns !Pi


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and tpk' Ttten we obtain


fftp;.~tpt dS -fftpt atp; dS _IC(~i otpt _

s n





Oft) dS.

Equation 10.103 shows that in general the external force F. is not in the direction of the acceleration of the body. Equation 10.103 suggests that the coefficients mit may be thought of as a ditional apparent or virtual masses that need to be ad~ in a suitable way to the mass of the body when determining the force that must be applied on the body so as to translate it through the fluid. The coefficients mit form a set of nine -numbers which may be displayed as the array mu mil

We ,now let ~ go to infinity and conclude (on the basis Of the behavior of the l~tegrand as r - (0) that the integral over ~ must vanish. Hence we obtam (10.97) It follows that (10.98) The components of the impulse.! are therefore given by
'; e;

mIl mlS) mu mil

mal mil

.I -! m~t

i, k


1, 2, 3


whe'e the m;1: are given by (I().94) or (10.95,. We now return t~ the exp~sion (10.83) for the force applied externally to the body and wnte

Since mil: is equal to ml:; there are only six independent additional apparent masses. The set of mil: is known as the additional apparent or virtual mass 'tensor. It depends on the.shape of the body and, ,for a given choice of the body fixed axes, is a constant (or any given body. The expression (mc5 il: + mil:) may. be' referred to as the apparent mass tensor. For any body it is possible to find three mutually perpendicular directions such that

F. -

:'(mu +t(tm~t)ei)
if ; ~ k if i-Ii:

With respect to such axes 10:103 becomes


The component of F. in the direction e. IS therefore given by

F,. - (m

+ mii)- , dt

, dUi


F" - e;.F. ==

Introduce the symbol c5it defined by


== 0 == 1


When the body moves in the direction of one of such axes it would seem to have onl)r an increased ~ss. The sum m + m';i is known as the apparent mass for t;anslation in the i-direction, and the corresponding m as the additional apparent mass. It is thus seen that for a translating rigid body there are at least three additional apparent masses. For bodies of revolution two of them are equal; for a sphere all the three are equal.


where I andk may be 1,2, or 3: Equation (10.101) may then be rewritten 'as

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The additional apparent masses may be computed on the basis of (10.94) or (10.95). The computation involves first the determination of the vector q and then integrations over the body surface of the products of the components of"(p and those of D. It is possible to calculate the mil; by suitable differentiation of ttie kinetic energy of the fluid. We now show how. this may be done.

FII =!(mc5i l:


du ' + m~-I:


For exa~ple the el component is given by



+ mu) -dtl + mIl - dt + mIl _ I . dt





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Consider a region Ro that is enclosed by a scrface So and that contains only fluid in motion. The kinetic energy T of the fluid in Ro is given by (10.10S) The volume integral may be related .to a certain .surrace integral over So. For this purpose we use Grcen's theorem (2.139). From this theorem it follows that for a harmonic function such as ; we have

The kinetic energy ,as given by (10.107) may impulse J. Using the boundary condition

be readily

related to the

.grad ;
we obtain


a c'n S

fff(grad ;)1 dt

-ff; grad;

a dS

-! U ofPtf.adS _!U (10.108) 2' 2 s This is similar to the general result that for a finite dynami~l system twice the kinetic energy is equal tQ ~e scalar product of the momcnt,uin and the ,velocity. ' Equation (10.108) may be expressed as
T - - !Jtp;UoadS 2Jj'
T =


Hence. the kinetic energy of the fluid enclosed by So is given by

! Iu,/, - .! I{Imaut)' u,
2, 2,

Iff p;grad;.dS - -lff p;.-dt T .. 2

8, ,




.. -1( . + maulI muur

Now consider the fluid in the region bctWccn the surface S of a moving body, and an arbitrarily drawn 'surface 1: -enclosing the body. For the kinetic energy of that fluid, we obtain

r= -

Jj' 2

Jt e. + dS + J[ e; ~ dS ~ an lJ' 2 on 8 E

(10.109)' The kinetic energy of the fluid is thus a quadratic function or the components of the velocity of the body.. The coefficients in this function arc the additional apparent massc5. From (10.108) or (10.109) it readily follows that

' ' + _...... + m......+ 2m~lU. ' _ ..' u. + lmu.....J

where a is directed as shown i~ Fig: 10.6. We now let t go to infinity. For acyclic motion involvin! a finiie rigid bOdy we have

/, ... aT



,; an dS "';i



I' -


mll- - aut

aT) (au, .


Hence we conclude that for such a situation

As an example let us compute the coefticicnts mit for a translating sphere of radius a. According to (10.32) and (10:48) we~ve

Jte;'~dS_O l! 2 on E
T - - ~ffp~~dS:It 8

as r-co. and

oq, _


--U(t) coIIJ on S


It follows that for acyclic motion involving 'a fi"ile rigid body the kinelic energy is given by .

~ip;srad ;oiadS(10.107)

, ~ Hence the kinetic energy is given by


U(t) ,> - - 2 ' 8. a cos

where S is the surface of the body. It is easily verified that Ihis rell#t is InII! als%r aCyclic motion involving

T - -

eif o.J.., on

':.I. dS


cos' 8 sin 8 d6

an infinite cylinder. '[I U "QI valid/or cyclic . int,olving multivalued potentiills. .

thatis./or molions

_ ."a'pU .,. 'lrae.ull

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It follows that

mea - 0

for all i and k

where R is to be considered fixed. Time differentiation withmpecl to the space-fixed referenc::e f~me is denoted by dldt. Note that in tM t~rm not equal to' I

mil - ftro'p
This is the

(IC. II 3)

:, III ~


had obtained before (see Eq. 10.(0). In arriving at chosen the direction el of tbe coordinate axes in a direction opposite \0 tluot of the velocity of the sphere. Instead, if we choose the axes such' that the velocity ofthc'sphcre is not parallel to any of the axes we obtain the result

thi!result we



It l.r lID; imp/led tllat R l.r 0 vo/umechiJnging wil'h tim~.On account of_the bouadary condition on S we have ..

Heoce the expression (10.115) ba:omes

on S

10.9 M....t _ a T....aa. . . Body We shall now obtain an expression for the moment exerted by the fluid on a finite rigid body translating through it. The mom~"t tak~" with r~spect to tM origin 01 coordJntlt~s Is giw" by

:,IIIr x



+iJr .x Plq ->t tis.



Tbt moment exerted by the fluid on the-body is denoted by M. the.

IDOJDeIDt being, taken about the space-fixed origin. Hence the moment

acthig on the fluid in R is



-jr x






where, as before. S denotes the surface of the body. To express this relation in terms of the velocity potential it is more convenient to proceCd on the basis of the law of the angular momentum of a dynamical system
than to follow the steps used for obtaining the expression for the force on the body. We const1VCt tM requir~d ~xpr~ssio" lor M first with r~spect 10 0 space- fixetl r~/erena IrfllM. Later we shall rel~te that expression to the calculatioDs in a body fixed reference frame. Consider the fluid that occupies at some instant the region R between the. surface S of the moving body' and an arbitrarily draWDfix~d surface 1: enclosing S (Fig. 10.6). The angular momentum of that fluid with respect to the space-fixed origin is

Since the rate ()f change of angUlar mornentuni of the fluid that is in R at some instant is equal to the moment 'on that fluid althat instant, We obtaiD,using (iO.1l6) and (l0.117), the fonowing rdation for M:
-M -


?C pfI tiT

+r xp(q. ->-I tiS +iJr x P" tiS (10.118)

J: J:

Consider ~ integt81 over R. For any ~on Re containing only fluid eDcIoeed by the surface S, we have


x pfldr
It therefore foll()ws that

. . jr x.". tiS


where as before. denotes the fluid velocity and is u~for convenience instead of grad.. Then according to the considerations given in Section 6.9, the rate of change of angular momentum of fluid under consideration is given by




. r x pq dT+* yrx p(q .)fa dS


Ie +ffr x


r x pq tlT'- -

i~ xp"" tiS +


r x p.". dS


When the calculations are done in a space-fixed rcferente frame the pressure is given by

p[(U ':"" q). DJ dS

.p(r, t) -

p~ - p(~~ +.~)

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It therefore follows that

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.lt . x ,;. dS _ 11'r E

M - :tr

~ ICr x Pfa dS _Jtr x dtll' ,11' E E


pi rrdS (10.121) 2

".- -jr


-jr x.. dS

From Eqi. (10.118, 11.0, 121) we obtain'.

. -1aeIe,. is tile lIDpulsive pressure (SC!C Section 9.9).

I. the momerrt imptdM.

xp4- dS +jr xp[f. -

We With this notation we write


the imp '

ja)q] dS


F. - dt (mU + ,FJ
d M. - ~(L dt F- _

We now let 1: go to infinity. For acyclic motion involving a finite rigid body the integral over 1: v.nishes as 1/" as , - ' 00. For acyclic motion involving an infinite'rigid cylinder the'integral vanishes as 1/, as r - 00. It therefore follows that the moment on the body is given by




M .. dJIr x pt/IDdS dtll'


on the body is given by (10.124)

Thus the force on the body is given by the negative of the rate of change 01 the impulse and the moment by the negative of the rate of change oft. moment-impulse. . We shall now relate dJldt and dJ .Idt which are ~me derivatives in a space-fixed reference frame to the .co~?Onding time derivatives co... sttucted in a body-fixed reference frame .. Let us denote by XI the bodyfixed frame and by"I and J. the impulse and the moment-impulse '.lith respect to tlie XI frame; .". I OOng the moment with respect to 0 1 the origin of coo~nates in XI~ . We denote the space-fixed frame by K and the origin in XbyO. The frame XI translates with a.velocity U(t) with respect

In a_sinWar way we can show that the ftWQ


F --


dj pfadS

Let F. and M.. denote 'the exterIraJ force and monf.1nt applied on the body to translate it through the ftuid. We then have
d . - (mU) - F.



d . -(L) - M. + M .dt Where mU is the linear momentum of the body, and L is its angular momentum. It follows that


At the instant .under consideration let 0 1 be at the position ~ with respect to 0 (Fig. 10.8). ~ impulse and 'mo~ent-impulse computed in frame K

F. -


~(mU) -

F - d (mu dt



M, _ d L - M _ ~(L dt d"
We introduce the notation

_ICr Jtr B


, , - -ifp4- dS


FIt. 10.1 Illustrating the relation between, the space-filled and bod)'-fixed descriptions of impulse and moment-impulse.


are then related to those computed in frame ~l by

We have

We now express ~_ in a form similar to the expression .


for ~.

~~ - ,,1-, +'~ X ~I
FUrthermore. dcooting the tirne derivatives in K and Kl respecti~ly by
Kd Kid



~_ - -jr xH-dS

--ir x

p(U. 'P)adS

we observe

and . -


-t( -j~'Paf x ads)u.

,,:hcrc. use
~s been ~of

Eq. (10.90). The component of ~III in the


direction e~

then given by

Kd I _K'd I __ _ d. ,,- d."


Kd ' Kd 11+~X-.1 d." d.

11;4 - -jP'Pt(r x .)idS

We choose 'M two frame" to be coincident, at tM instant, untIer consideration. We sball then have, noting that IdfJd. is equal to U,
Kd _


d'-" -

_ -


d." -

+, U X


It therefore follows that

The coefficients I just like the 'mass coefficient mit. arc constants that only on ,the body shape and the choice of the orientation of the coordInate axes ID the body-fixed frame. It may be verified that

F _ KdJtp~d.S _ KldJtptf-ds-'

. d.lf' B

dt lr


I",,, I,t
We ~e that to deferm~ne the force and moment on a rigid body tramlatlllg through the flUid we need to compute eighteen coefficients. namely m. t and lit. that arc cbaracteri~tic of the given body. Since Init is equal to m these are actually fifteen tndependent coefficients.


.' M _ Kdif'r x p~ dS - ~ d. B dt


r x pt!- dS

+ 1](1) x

. if .

p~ dS

10.10 Vllif'orm l .......doa

When a rigid body moves through the fluid with a constant velocity the force on the body is zero but the moment exerted by fluid on the body is not zero. We have

Henceforh we shall we only 1M bOdy-Jixed frame. Consequently 'we shall drop tM supencript KI and also tM subscript 1 on the impulse and momentu1rpuise computed in the body-Jixed frame. With this understanding we

F _ - d,,/ - -d -

M- -u)(,,/




pt/>n dS


... u xffp4*nclS






_.!fJr xp~dS'+
dt s'



It follo~s that the body ~i11 tend to rotate; to maintain it in uniform translation through the flUid. an external. moment must be applied to,the body constantly.


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constant velocity through the Guid. Let the velocity vector ma~e an an~e at with the ex!! of the body. We choose the body-fixed coordmates with the origin at the of the nose, the :I:,-axis along the body axis.' and the :l: -a-plane as the plane Containing the body axis and the velocity vector 1 (Fig. 10.9).

As an example consider the case of a body of revolution moving with a


10.11 Permanent TransJ8doo From Eq. (10.131) we conclude that if the vectors U and $ are parallel
there is no moment on the body in steady translation. Hence in such a situation the body will remain permanently in steady translation. The axes along which permanent translation is possible are known 1IS axes of permanent translation. For a body of revolution the axis of revolution and any transverse axis are such axes.

10.12 Remarks
In this chapter we were concerned mainly with the force and moment exerted by the ftuid on a rigid body translating through it. The fluid motion is strictly acyclic. The results obtained are applicable to both a finite body and an infinite cylinder as long as the motion generated is without cifC1Jlalion. Modification of the results is necessary when motions with nonzero circulation are to be considered. The extension of the present res1,lits to the case of acyclic fluid motion generated by atranslating and rotating rigid body may be carried out by following a procedure similar to that used for the case of the tran$lating body. It is found that for a translating and rotating body there are in general thirty-six additional apparent inertia coefficients such as the mil: and lit. Of these there are actually twenty-one independent coefficients. For the treatment of the subject offorces and moments _cting on a body moving through an ideal fluid when the ftuid motion is cyclic and when the bod)' is both transiating and rotating, and for examples of the application of the subject referenCe may be made to Lamb (1932) or to Kochin, Kibei, alid Roze (1964).


JIll. JU A body or revolution translating Uniformly thrOUgh the .fluid.


It can be shown that

mil: -

0 for ; " k '

Using'this result and noting that

U - (III' 0, II,)

We obtain
Hence it follows that
, M _ eJ.,maa - mu)lI l", - e.tit(maa - mlJ cos, at sin at

, It is seen that if maa is larser than mll' which usually is t~e case, the, ftuid-moment on the body tends to increase the angle at. In thiS sense t~e translatory motion under consideration is unstable. We note that there IS DG mom"n t on the body.if at is either'zero or ~/~

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and the problem is to determine fJ) as the solution of the equation


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VIfJ) -

0 '


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in the region extellior to the body sUch that the solution satisfies the boundary conditions '

V gradF -grad fJ) grad F'" 0 on F(r) _ 0



gad fJ)
The aim of our investigations is to determine the velocity potential for the steady jJow of an ideal fluid past certain solid bodies of aerodynamic interest. For tins purpose we are to obtain the solution of Laplace's equation UDder c::ertain p~bed boundary conditions. Because Laplace's equation forms the basiJ. for a great deal of mathematical physics, its .solutions have bou investigaW4 -CX&cDsively, and, consequently, there exists a ,large body of .-nathematical theory about it. There are variou,s methods of constructing its solutions. ' The task of constructing an exact solution directly by satisfying the given boundary conditions. generally proves diflicu1t. In view of this, it is fruitful to approach the solution to our problem from sOme simple k\own solutions of LaPla:"'s equation ~nd t,o , dilCuss their significance in terms ~f fluid flow. SlDce the equation IS linear we can find new solutions by superposing various known solutions. Simple flows may be used for building up the more complicated flow fields that must satisfy prescribed boundary conditions. In this chapter we shan see how the solution for the steady acyclic flow past a fixed body may be built up by superposing certain singular solutions of Lapla~'s equation. Having thus obtained the solutions for a fcw' typi~ bodies we ~hall examme the theoretical results in light of observations. We start With a statement of the ntathematical problem.

V - U at infipity ,


If, as before, we denote the disturbance or perturbation' velocity and potential by and ; respectively we have

- grad;
The problem in terms~of the perturbation potential is


VI;_ 0
as r _

grad;' 8J'8d F - -U grad F on ,F(r) _ 0

, components of grad ; - 0 This is precisely the problem for.a riSid body moving with a velocity _ U through an otherwise undisturbed fluid (see-section 10.3). Once the velocity potential fJ) is detennin~the pressure field is obtained from the steadY-litate Bernoulli equation

p(r) - H -

e. (grad fJ)1 2 '


!1.1 StateaNat of the PMbleaa

Consider the steady flow past a fixed rigid body. We choose a body-

fixed coordinate system'and describe the body surface by


== 0


w~ H is a constant that may be determined' once the pressure and velOCIty at one reference point is given. The solutions of (11.3) may be found by the method 0/ ~ParQtio" 0/ varkzhles or by the singularity method. An example of the method of separation ,ofvariables is given in Section 10.4. Many other examples may be ~~und 10. Lamb (I932~. The Singularity method consists of super- ' poSitIon of s10gular solutions. We shall use this method. Witli this in mind .we shaU investigate various simple functions that satisfy Laplace's equatIon to see what sort of boundary conditions they fulfill and how such fuactions could be effectively combined to build solutions that interest us.
11.1 SImple Pol)'llOlllial Sol~doas

Let the velocity and pressure of the undisturbed stream at infinity ~ denoted respectively by U and PtD. Let the velocity and the velOCity potential at any point of Lhe flow field be denoted by V and~. We then have (11.2) V - grad~= V~

W~ choose <:a.rtesian coordinates x, y, z and consider some ~imple functJ.ons of posItion. We shall first specJalize them to satisfy the potential equation and then investigate the flow fields represented by them.


1. Let US then consider tbe expression
~ - A%+ By

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+ Cz


where A, B, C arc constants.. This expresSion satisfics the potential equation, so it. may be regarded as a velocity potential. The velocity components arc given by
u- ~

Equation (11.12), or equivalently the potential (11.11), represents a velocity field in which there is no velocity component in the z-direc:tion and the flow appears the same in all planes perpendicular to the Z-axis; the motion is therefore two-dimensional. The streamlines of the flow arc given by the difterential equation

d% a dy -a


- A

a constant


,,- -- - B a constant


.~ w--in

a constant

Hence tJle velocity at every point has the same magnitude and direction. Thus the function (11.7) represents aftow that is ~orm in spacc" Cottverselywc can state that the PQtentjal (o~ a ftuid with a uniformVelocity V - (U, Y, W) is
~. ~%,lI,Z) -

3 2 ----I


+ Yll + Wz



The streamlines arc aU straipt lincs parallel to V. 1. CQnsider DOW the funCtion
~ - Azi

+ JJyI + CzI

Fil. 11.1 Streamlines defined by zy ... constant.

where, as before, A .. B, C ~ constants. Since (11.9) should satisfy the potential .equation. we require dial . .

A +B + C - 0


which, according to the relations (11.12), hecomes

This can be satisfied iomanyways. Suppose we d~ ~t the potential be.independent.ofthe z-co.ordina~..

Then w,'set

d% dy -:::::-% y
Integrating this equation we obtain


and obtain

+B- 0


B - -A

xy = const.


In such a case the potential (11.9) becomes

- A(zI - ,.)

Ibc colTC$ponding velocity con:!ponents are given by


= 2A%

" - -2Ay


as the equation for the streamlines, each streamline corresponding to a different value df the constant. The streamlines form a family of rectangular hyperbolas. as shown in Fig. ILL We notice that at rhe po!nt z = 0, y = 0, the velocity is zero. Hence the origin is a slagnarivn."oinr. ami the streamline passing through the: stagnation point is usually referred to as the slagnaiion streamline. In the present cas~ it is given by the equation :ry = 0


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It thus follows that the X- and Y-axes form the stagnation streamline. , It may be noticed that at the stagnation point the directions. of the four branches of the stagna~on streamline are different from one another. 'Tn this sense the stagnation poi~t exhibits a singular behavior and may ~ thought ,of as a singular point in the flow; it is a saddle. .

presence of the bOdy in t~e originally uniform stream. Since we. have already determined the function that represents a uniform stream, we need to investigate further only functions that iue likely to describe the disturbance field. From what we have said, these functions sholJld be such that the disturbance velocity dies out with distance from the body. This ~eans that such functiol}S should be composed of terms involving I~verse powers of the space coordinates. We shall now investipte a Simple example of such a function. '.__' 11.3 The Source Potential Let us c(msider the function A f(r) - -


JIll. lU TwcMIimeDsionat low apiDlt


The flaw .field described by the


potenti~l (q.l1) may be thought to

where A is a CODstant and r is the magnitude of the position vector r from a fixed reference point to a point in space. To use this function as a veloci~y poten~ial (of some flow) we first check to see if it satisfieS the potential equation; It tl!rns out that

ccrtaiit local regions that occur as parts of more general flows.

One example is the ,flOW in the vicinity of the stagnation point for a twodimeiasional flow against a wall, as shown in Fig. 11.2. Another example is the f1aY!'.in the neighborhood-of a rectangul~r corner,- as shown in Fig., t 1.3. It ,should be noted that the - potential (lUI) and the velocity (11.12) exhibit singJllar behavior at infinity. In fact, the velocity at infinity is infinite. The functions (11.7) and (11.9) are simple examples of polynomials in the coordinates x, Y. z. We can proceed to consider polynomials of more general form, specialize them to satisfy the potential equation, and then investigate the. particular t\ow fields repreFIao 11.3 Flow inside a Re- sented by them. Finally, by a proper selectanplar corner. tion of such functions we may attempt to build a solution or Laplace's' equation that satisfies prescribed boundary conditions. Instead of pursuing this tedious path, we shall now pass on tt' consider some specific functions that will quicily lead us to an analysis of-the steady flow past a body. In case of stea':1y flow past a fixed bo~y, we know that, at-infinity the velocity of the fluid reduces to that of a uniform stream. This suggests that the flow field may be considered to be built up of two parts-one that represents tbe uniform stream and the other the disturbance dee to the

vt(~) == div (grad~)

That is, the function (11.1 5) satisfies the potential Cuation at all points of space except at the point r - 0, where ii has the indeterminate form 0/0. To, ~etermin~ the value of VI(A/r) at the point r - 0 we use the integral defimtlon of dlvet"Eence and write

VI(.1) - div (grad~) = lim dT Jf , n dS .!. Ir(grad~) . r ,

AS '

We choose for the arbitrary volume dement dT a sphere' of radtus center at r - O. If er is a unit vector in the direction of r, we have
g rad- "" - - I er



Consequently, we obtain

[VIA] ..

al r~.

== A,-O AT hm -

,1 if oyer

A - er DdS'



Since Ot~' 1M spMN'

The result may easily be verified. in Ca.rtcsians.'


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.,. 8


a ccnstant

(11.16) reduccsto

[VI~J atr-O==-00 r


Thus the Laplacian of AIr is zero everywhere except at the 'point r .. 0, where it is infinite. It foilows then that the function AIr may be regarded ''as the velocity potential of a certain flow field as loilg as the point r = 0 is excluded from. our considerations. The fact that r =0 is a peculiar or singular point" should not disco.urage us from further (:onsideration of AIr as a velocity potential. In' (act, as We shall presently learn, this function will play a great part in building up the solution to the problem of flow over a body. 'In regard to the singular point, we try to 'arrange our considerations in such a way that it is outside the region of physical interest or, if this is not possible, we simply learn to rC90gnize it as a peculiar point and expect such ~ point to indicate physicalfy untenable results. During the course of our ,investigations we will meet other functions that arc; singular in some respect or other but we will soon learn to use them with advantage Now, let us look at the flow field represented by the potential

In either case ilie magnitude of the velocity is inversely proportional to rl and as such increases as we approach the point r == 0, where it actually becomes infinite. Conversely, the magnitude of the velocity "ecreases with distance from that point and completely vanishes at infinity. We noti~e again that the point r == 0 is a singular point to be excluded from physical considerations. From the velocity field (11.21) we see that fluid is being continuously created at the point r = O. Such a point is called a source, the corre.sponding potential (11.20) a source potential and the flow field represented by it a source flow. In the case of the velocity field (11.19), fluid is being continuou!.ly annihilated at the point r = O. Suc:} a point is called a sink, the correspon~ing potential (11. 18) a sink potential, and the flow field represented by it a sink flow. Point sources and sinks do not possess any physical reality as such but are important mathematical concepts useful in the 3nalysis of fluid motion. We now determine the quantity of fluid that is continuously appearing at a source or di~*ppearing at a sink. The net outflow of volume of fluid through any dosed surface S drawn in the flow is given by the surface integral


V D dS


grad C!> D dS



o!, equivalently, by the volume in!egral (11.18)

The velocity at any point in space, is given by


div V dT


VIC!> dT

V(r) =

grad~ == -A!!-' r,.a


, rl


We observe that the direction of the velocity is radial at all points of the field and that its magnitude is Constant over the surfaCe of any cho~n sphere. The streamlines of the flow are straight rays through the point r = O. If the constant A is positive, the fluid flow is directed toward. the point r = O. If instead of A we choose -A, that is, if we consider the potential A (11.20) <I>.(r) = - r

where R is the regiog 'enclosed by the surface S . . First consider a closed surface SI enclosing a region R} that does not contain the source. Then the net outflow of fluid through S} is



since V2C!> = 0 at all points except at the source. For the same reason, if So is a surface endosing the region Ro that contains thp. sourcf', we have

the fluid flow would be directed outward from the point r = 0, since the correspollding velocity is given by

Before we compute the net outflow of fluid through So we observe that if

We talk about volume ir.~;ead of mass because the density is constant for our ftuid.

V(r) = A!! = A .!.. r' r3



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S. is any other surface enclosing So, and if R. is the region between So and


V D dS -


V D dS ....


V'4 dT .... Q

Consider now the case of a source q (i.e., of strength q) Dot situated at the origin of the chosen coordinate system. In Fig; 11.4 let point 0 represent the Qrigin of the coordinate system, the. point S the location of the sOU(Ce, and P a field pomt. Let



V a dS ....


denote the vector OS


V D dS

r denote .the positin vecto~ OP


where D is an outward normal with respect to the region RI It follows. therefore, that the outflow of fluid through every surface enclosing the source is the same and is equal to the volume offluid, say q, that is being created per unit time at the source. We thus set

".. fJ

V D dS


To evaluate this integral we choose for the arbitrary surface So a sphere of radius ro with its center at the source; substitute for V from (11.21) and set D = er . Then (11.22) becomes q =


V D dS..


fi ~

er er dS = 471' ~


.... UA SoURle not at the origin.



The quantity q is known as the strength of the source or silDply tb.e source strength. In terms of the source strength, the source potential ""Boy be expressed as (11.14) Similarly, in the case of a sink, the potential may be expl'eSliBll

denote the vector SP


Then the potential at P due to the source situated at S is

q1. ql q 1 cD(r) - - - - - - - - = - -...-. . 471' rl 4.".lr11 471' Ir - sl


The fluid velocity at the point P is then given by (see 11.21) VCr) .. .!L .!!. .. .!L (r - s) 471' r l l 4'11' Ir - sll
Let us choose Cartesian coordinates and write r = (%,11, z) and

P(r) ==

4"71' r


where q now represents the strength of the sink (or simply the sink strength) defined asthe 'Volume of fluid that disappears per unit time at the sinL It should be noted that in the expressions (11.24) and (11.25) Tis the magnitude ot r, the position vector drawn from the source, not from the origin of a chosen coordinate system. to a point in. space (so-called field point). However, if the origin of the coordinate system is chosen to be at the source, then r is Identical :w-ith the usual position vector. In such a case we speak of the expression (11.24) (or of 1l.25) as the potential due a source (or 11 sink) situated at the origin.

= a, '1,0

Then the Cartesian form of the source potential (11.26) is

<I>(x, y, z) = - 4 7l' [(x _ E)2


+ (y


+ (z _ ,)2)~


If u, v, w denote the Cartesian components of. the corresponding fluid

velocity, then!rom Ea
II(Z, 1/, z) - _I) we obtain

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q z-E ---~---=-------="" 47r [(z - E)I + (1/ - "1)1 + (z - C)I]~


v(z, 1/, z) _
w(z 1/ z)

47r [(z - E)I

1/ - 7l (1/ - "1)1

+(z -

,)I1.~ ,)I]~


For a g;ven value of constant over a circle


the potential and consequently the ,flow field is


+ Zl =


47r [(z - E)I


+ (1/ -

z -C

+ (z -

We shall now look into the usefu~ness of the ..:oncept of source and sink.
11.4 Source in Uniform Flow (AxIsymmetric Flow oyer Semi-inftgite Body of Revolution) .

A number of physically interesting Jlow fields can be obtained by combining th~' ftow fieldll of suitable distributions of sources and sinks with that of a uniform stream. A simple examlile of such a combination is that of a single source with a uniform ftow. Let the source strength be q and the velocity of the uniform stream be V. We choose Cartesian coordinates such that their origin is at the source and the X-axis points in the direction of the uniform stream U (Fig. 11.5). We thus set

This means the flow field is symmetrical about the X-axis. It is an axisymmetric flow. In axisymmetric flows it is convenient to use cylindrical coordinates and occasionally spherical coordinates. Sometimes in the analysis of a single problem it is profitable to go from one set of coordinates to another. In view of this possibility we denote, as shown in Fig. 11.5, by r, rp, x cylindricalcoordinates and by R, 8, rp spherical coordinates. Their relation to Cartesians is then given by

1/ .... r cos rp

z == r sin rp
1/ .... R sin fJcos rp


For the potential

of the combined flow field we have


$(x, 1/, z) - the potential due to the uniform stream + the potential due to the source
- Ux . [Xl

z - R sin 8 sin rp
It should be noted that in this notation R denotes the magnitude of the wual position vector, while r _ [yI + Zl]~ - R sin 8 (11.34)
We shall now look at our problem of a source in a uniform stream in terms of spherical coordinates. The potential (11.30) of the combined flow then takes the form

A 1/1 + Zl]~




$CR, 8, rp) =- UR cos (} If "R; "" we hav~



". denote the components of the. velocity V at any point R, 6, rp

"R -


,,2 -+ z2 '" cons\.


== U cos (}

+ -. R


II, -

1 (Jcl)

'U' (}

R (J(}


Fig. 11.5 Coord,"a~e system for the problem of source in a uniform flow.


l(J<1) _----0 R sin (J orp


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iURI sin' 0 - A tos 0

Equati.ons (1' 1.35) and (11.36) show what we have already noted, that the po.tentJal a~d the flow are independent of the coordinate 'P, that is, ;!re aXisymmetric. Thus the flow field looks the same in allplancs defined by 'P:& const. Therefore to analyze the ~ow field further we need only look at cne of these planes. Such a plane 15 shown in Fig. 11.6.

= constant = C


By assigning different values for the coqstant, we obtain the various streamlines. We now look at the stagnation streamline, that is, the streamline passing through the point R., 0,. Substituting in (11.39) for Rand 0 from (1137), we obtain C==A as the value of the constant for the stagnation streamline. Thus the
equation for the stagnation streamline is


lUR' sin' 0 - A(I

+ cos 0) =



R .... [2A 1 + COsOJ~ U sin' 0

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.... ,JU cosec~ fA 2

We 1l0te that R is an even function of 0 (as it should be, for the flow is axisymmetric), ~nd thus for 0 JI. 11' thefe are two branches of the streamline. For 0 == 11' all values of R are possible, that is, the whole negative X-axis is part of the stagnation streamline. This streamline appears r.s shown in Fig. 11.6. In terms of the cylindrical coordinate r, the stagnation streamline .is described by ,

From the. vel~ity field (11.36) we notice that both the vel~ity components vamsh simultaneously at the point and

.0 .. 0..... 11'
R .... R.-

A)~ (U


The p.oint (R., OJ is therefore a stagnation point in the flow and is denoted by S m the figure. The streamlines in any axial plane are described by
tp(R, 0) = constant

, ... R sin 0.. [ 2A (1

U + cos ~).JH


If T denotes the point where this streamline intersects the r-axis, then

where" is the streamfunction. Along a streamline we have

== OT ==




==,aR dR + a8 dO a" a"

= -sin Ou, dR

+ R'sin 0 uR dO

As 0 goes to zero, the stagnation streamline reaches an asymptote for which, say, r = r,. Then ',==' as 0-+0

See Eq. (5.49) or (9.106). With 01.36) and (11.38) we obtain

Aj~ =2-



d", == d (

UR' sin' 0 ) 2 - A cos 0

The stagnation streamline may now be drawn in as shown in Fig. 11.6 by the line KSTL - KST1L1 - OS. Other streamlines, computed according to (11.39), appear as shown in the figure.


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The flow field in all other axial planes (i.e., containing the X-axis) appears exactly the same as shown in the figure. We observe that the surfa~ form~ by the stagnation streamlines (Fig. 11.7) obtained by revolving the hne KSTL about the X-axis, is a surface that divides the whole flow' field jnto two distinct external and one internal to that surface.. Since the surface is a streairn surface, no fluid flows across it. The internal region, therefore, consists entirely of the fluid emanating from the .source. The source flow is pressed together (by the uniform

passing per unit time to the right through any cross section is equal to the strength q of the source. If the cross section is chosen in the cylindrical portiop of the body, the fluid volume passing thr~ugh it ~r unit time is simply 7r(d'/4)U, since the flow velocity at a considerable distance from the source is equal to U, the velocity of the uniform stream. Therefore

q -!! tJlu
.. 4 or


.!L - -dU
411' 16



Fie.H.7 The semi-infinit~ body of revolution geQ~rated by source ;0 a uniform ftow.

stream) '~n~ made t~ flow to the right. The external region consists only of the OrIginally umform stream now displaced. Thus the stream surface formed by the stagnatiop streamlines behaves just like that of a solid body placed in a uniform stream and may be regarded as such. The body appears as a semi-infinite body of revolution with a blunt nose, that is, a round nose. From the preceding considerations we may now conclude that the flow field due to the motion of an originally uniform stream past a semiinfinite body of revolution whose axis is parallel to the uniform stream can be represented by a simple superposition of a single source and the uniform stream. The surface of the body cannot be prescribed arbitrarily but is to be described by an equation of the form (see 11.41)

With the source strength known, the potential of the flow field is determined according to (11.35). Finally, it.m.y be noted that using the principle of superposition we . have constructed a soluJ9n of the mathemati~1 problem posed by (11.3) to (11.5), that is, a solution.of Laplace's equation that satisfies prescribed bOundary conditions at infinity and on the bOOy.

11.5 Source.... Sink ID a Uniform Flow (AxIsymmetric Flow oyer a Closed Body of Rnoludon)
The superpo$ition of a single source and a, umform stream'lead us to axisymmetric flow past a semi-infinite ~Y of revoluti~n. To o~tain, such a flow past a closed finite body of revolution, we may situate a smk on the axis of the semi-infinite body at some suitable distance downstream frolJl the source and make the strength of the sink equal to that of the source. In this way the flow produced by the source is completely sucked in by the sink; the flow closes up behind the sink just as it opened out in front of the source; and we obtain the flow over an elongated body ... Ith rounded noSe and tail. Let us theD consider the superposition of a uniform :..:ream U, a source of strength q and a sink of strength q, the line joining the source and the sink being parallel to the uniform stream (Fig. 11.8). The source faces the uniform stream. We choose the origin 0 of ~he coordinate system midway, between the source and sink and the X-axis parallel to U. The various coordinates are de~ignated as shown in the figure. The velocity potential at the field point P is thea giveri by

== const. JI+"~os ()


At a large distance from the nose, the body is nearly cylindrical. If d denotes the diameter of this part of the body, then (11.44) becomes

d / . r-'J_vI +cos()

2 2


. The strength of,the source that represents the disturbance due to the body may be determmed from (11.43) (since d = 2r,), or dire<;tly as follows. Consider the flow within the surface of the body. The volume of fluid
For this reason the stagnation streamline it sometimes referred to as the dividing streamline. .

q 1 . q 1 Ux--- t'-411' Rt 411' Rl

J(x - a)2 + r2

== Ux + A[


J(x + a)1 + r'


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We observe that

U- A

4%,a _ 0 (%,1 _ a'}l 4%,a


z, > a

one half the distan~ between the source and sink


The flow field, as before, is axisymmetric, and, we look at the ftow in any planC' tp == constant.

+ A.

1M" 0 (~ - a J



<. -a









Coordinates (or the IOUI'CIHinIt combination in a UDifonn Itream.



Row put a Rankine body.

Ifur , u,,' U. arc the velocity components with respect. to the cylindrical coordinates " tp, %, we have



0' .. ..... A{ ' [(x - a)'

+ rIJ'" -


' + a)1 +} rIJ~

Hence there are two stagnatiop points on the Xloaxis, one for which z, is less than -a and the other for wh1ch :r, is greater than a. They are shown as A and B in Fig. 11.9. In any axial plane along a streamline we have


----0 r Otp


0'1' d'l' _ - dr


0'1' + - dz ... ru., dr -


ru r dz


u. == ()cI) ...

U_ A{

z - a [(z - a)1

+ ,..]~

+a } I(z + a)1 + r']~


[~ (5.50) or (9.107)]. With (11.48) and ('Il.50) we obtain after some simplification '

If z, and" denote the coordinates of a stagnation point in the flow, they arc determined by settinJ the right-hand members of (11.48) equal to zero. We thus obtain (l1.49a) '," 0
and find that x, is, to be detennined from the equation

d = d(A
'1', ;

:r - a _ A z+a J(z _ a)' + rl J,C:z + .a)' + "


Hence it foBows that the streamlines arc giw:n by


z - a _ :r + a , ) J(z -0)1 + rl J(x + a)' + ,2

+ ! U,.s .. C,

a constant

A [ x, - a

lx, _

+a ] all ~ 1%, + all


== u.

(r .. 0, z,)


Different streamlines corr.;spond to different values of C. We now look at the stagnation streamline. The value of the constant for this streamline is obtained by putting' = " = 0 and x = x,. It is

simply equal to zero. Thus the stagnation streamline isdcscribcd by the equatiof'l

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A[J(% - a)1a + ,.. -;===:::;:::~

% -


% + a 1 . ] + - U ,.. .. 0 + a)' + ;.a 2

We note that these Rankine bodies form family of bodies for which only the ratio r,la can be prescribed for a given Y./V.

(11 52) .

U.6 LIDe DlsbibatJoa of Soarees . . SIDb In Uniform Flow: AxIsymmetrIc Flow Ofti' SleDder BodJes of Reyolutloa
As an extension of the above s.imple example of axisymmetric flow over a certain closed body ofrevolution, we may next consider the superposition of a uniform stream and a suitable distribution of sources and sinks."long

To trace the streamline it is convenient to express (11.52) in tenns.of Rand 8 as follows: A(cos 81

cos 8,)

+ !URI sin' 8 2



where 81 and 8, are as designated in Fig. 11.8. From (11.53) it readily follows that the whole X-axis except tbe part betwccn source and sink forms a part of the stagnation streamline. - The rest of this streamline is a closed curve shown by the line ACBDA in the figure. We observe that, as befo,re, this stagnatiQn streamline is a dividing lin~ between the originally uniform stream and the fluid flowir~ from the soutee to the sink. Thus a surface formed by the stagnation st~mlines of the whole flow behaves just like a body of revolution obtained by revolving the line ACBDA about the X-axis. C~nsequently, we may conclude that the particular superposition we have consIdered of a source, sink, and uniform stream rcprcscnts axisymmettic flow of an originally uniform stream past a. closed body of revolution whose surface is d:;cribed by an equation such as (1l.52) gr (11.53). The body is a symmetric ovoid whose maximum transverse raCiiuS r is given ' by the relation


FIa.I1.10 Superpoaition or a unitOnn ,tream and a source distribution along a line parallcl to the stream.

an axis parallel with the uniform stream. In this way, by selecting different
distributions, it is possible to arrive at the axisymmetric flow over bodies of revolution of various shapes. Since we are seeking closed bodies, the sum

r,Va + r.1 l




of the strengths ofal/ the sClurces and sinks, no matter what their distribution, should be zero. That is, for the body to be closed there must be enough sink
strength to suck up all the fluid produced by the sources present. The sources and sinks arc generally distributed continuously so as to obtain smooth bodies although single sources (and sinks) arc also allowable. The method of analysis of the flow field in this case generally follows the lines of the preced~ng two sections. We shit;! now consider briefly the superposition of a continuous line distribution of sources- and a unifonn stream, the line containing the sources being parallel to the uniform stream. We choose, as before, cylindrical coordinates r; tp,. % with the X-axis lying along the line of squrccs and pointing in the direction ofU, the uniform stream (Fig. 11.10). Let

whi~h follows readily from (l1.S2) by se~ng s - Ojn iL Bodies of ~s type are called RIl1rklM botJk.J after Rankine who fint

sU80"'CSted the idea of forming the type of Bow under consideration (Fig. 1,1.9). Their nose and tail are blUnt. The maximum.speed on the body occun at z - 0 and r - re. Denoting by Y.. the maximum speed we obtain from (11.48) flr('e,
V .. u..('c,
% % -

0)- 0

0) - U + 2)( a , IL . '(QI + , Iy~ Eliminating A. by using (11.54) we have .

...... 1 ( ' '" 1 ~ --1+-:...----


]. a


+ (rcta)'


For points between the source and sink. 8. = " and 8. - 0 and hence \11.52) is not. satisfied; for z < -Q and z > 'Q.' 8. - 6. J" or zero and hence (11.52) is satisfied.

denote ~he intensity of the source distribution per unit length. Positive valuf!S of f(%) denote sources, negative values sinks. 'Let the source diStribution extend from % - 0 to % = I. The condition that the total strength
-In this c:oiltext the word "sources" means sources and sidks.

of the distribution is zero is expressed by

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fez) d% - 0

At % .. E, consider an element. . . . dE of the distribution. Then, ac:c:ording to Eq. (l1.~), t.he potential at a field pointp(%, ",,) due to the elementary sdurce I(E) dE is

I f(~ dE -1 feE) dE - 4" ~ .. - 4-tr JI=(%=-==E==)I=+:::::;,I

The potential at P due to all such elementary sources distributed along the X-axis from 0 to I is then given by Cll(%' " 91) - -

-! (' .

4")0 J(% - E)I + ,1




During this integration %, r, " ate kept, constant, for they are the c0ordinates of the field point for which the potential is being computed. Now, to obtain the total polential CI of the flow field resulting from a superposition of the source distribution and.the uniform stream U we add to the potential Cll that due to the uniform stream. The latter is simply U%. Thus the total P.Otential is given by CI(%, " 9')

ftow. The practical calcUlation of the flow quantities is best carried out by numerical methods. We shall not enter into the details ofthese methods here but shall now pass on to some examples'showing the results of such calculations. In Fig. 11.11 we show four shapes of bodies of revolution that correspond to certain specified source distributions. These are taken from the calculations of Fuhrmann (1911) as reported by Prandt! (1925). In the figures the assumed source distributions are indicated on the axes. The upper halves of the figures show the streamlines of the disturbance ftow field due to the source distribution, and the lower halves show the streamlines of the combined ftows. We thus sec t~at tile superposition of a continuous line distribution of sources and a uniform stream parallel to that line represents the axisymmetric ftow past a certain body of revolution. The source pOtential (11.20) is the simplest singular solution of Laplace's equation. 'There are other singular solutions which, like the source, can be used to generate ftow past a body. We shall dow describe another such . solution, the so-called doublet singularity.

11.1 "be Doublet Poteatlal

Co .sider the situation where a source. of strength q and a sink of equal strength are situated very close together, say at a small distance I apart. Let u.s denote the sink by 0, the source by S, and a field point by P (Fig. 11.12). Further, let
....:... r~OP

= U% + Cl1


feE) dE J(% _. E)I + ,.


1- OS
The potential at P due to the source and sink is given by

The velocity components "., "r' ".. are expressed by

II., II .... r

a% -


+ 411' Jo feE) [(% _

I ('

% -


ar -

411' 0 [(% - E)I



+ ,a]IA dE

J\ E)

+ ,I]~


u.. '" - r


a9' == 0

(11.60) Now, if we bring the source and sink together by letting I go to zero, th~n the potential 01.60) will also go to zero. Howe'ver, if at the same time as I goes to zero q is allowed to increase indefinitely in such a way that the product ql remains finite and equal to a constant fl, then the potential

, The ftow field is a:itisy~metric. Once t~e source distribution is specified, the velocity components can be evaluated. We. can. then proceed as before to determine the stagnation points. the streamline~, and, in:pa~icuiar, the stagnation streamlines of the

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will not vanish. Instead it will assUme the value given by


<l(P) _ lim .!L (rl -

1"04" .-+00




. .9


If 8 is the angle between I and r, we notice that as 1_ 0,

(r - rJ -+ OT - I cos 8

.J ..




il H:!
!i ...

... C!

.. :2-

i ..


It 1:



Ji'Ia. 1I.U mustrating'the derivatiOD of the doublet potartial.

and Hence the e.<>tential (11.61)

~.- ~

'; a
'S ._ Ii:



=.B ~


~(P) ... ~ It. cos 8

... ....

1 8 ;j ..
11 .8 ~ .~





-"""= "'l0J
.0 _

.!! .,8 ~:I"


"'8 t; !

which is known as the doUblet potenti4l. The particular sink-source combination it rePresents is callCcl a douIiIet or a dipole or a double source . The angle 0 in (11.62) is measured with respect toa particular direction, namely the direction of the line sqment extending from the sink to the ,.source. The direction from the 'Sink t&-thesource of a doublet is known as the axis of the doublet. The constant /I is generally called the strength oj the doublet or simply the doublet strength. Since /I originated as the product ql, it is also referred to as the moment of the doublet: We notice that to specify a doublet we need to give two q~ntiti~' magnitude, namely, its strength, and a direction, namely, its axis. Thus we may describe a doublet as.a vector (11.63) f' - ",.e,. where ell is .a unit vector in the direction of the doublet axis.


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Introducing the vector fL, we can express the doublet potential (11.62) as
1 fL' r I>(P) = - - - ' , 41T



We notice that the doublet potential, and cousequently the flow field. due to a doublet, is axisymmetric about the axis of the doublet.' This is in contrast to the source fiow, which is spherically symmetric. The velocity field of a doublet is readily obtained from the equation V

This equation is useful for conveniently obtaining the form of the doublet potential in term,s of any desired coordinates, It should be noted that in the exP pression (11.64) r is the position vector drawn frolr. the doublet-and not from the origin of a chosen coordinate system -to a field point. When the origin of coordinates is located at the doublet, then r becomes identical with the usual position vector. In such a case we speak of the expression (11.64) as the potential due to a doublet situated at the origin. Consider now the case of a doublet L:---=-~,--fj Doublet fL situated at 5 from the origin 0 of a FIa.ll.13 Doublet not at the origin. coordinate system (Fig. 11.13). Let R denote the position vector from 0 to a field point P, and r 1 the vector from the doublet to!, Then the poteniial at' P due to the'doublet at 5 ~s given, from (11.64), by

= grad I> == - 41T grad fL' r -1 ,.1

~--~--~----------~~~x o

Fig. 11:14 Coordinates for doubletftow with doublet at origin.

[f uR , u9' u., are the velocity components wiihJespect to the coordinates . R, 0, f/J, we have


oR = ,27r 7


14 cos 0

U 9


= I>(P) =

- -

1 fL' r 1 -a 41T .Irtl


1 i)lI

.u sin 0 = 41T R8



1 fL' (R - 5) = - 41T IR - 51 3


_R sin 0 Of/J

In any axial plane along a streamline we have d", = - R sin Ou. dR

We shall now write down the form of the doublp.t potential in each'ofthe coordinate systems: Cartesian x, y, z; spherical R, 0, f/J; and cylindrical r, f/J, x. We choose the origin of the coordinates at the doublet, the X-axis in the din~ction of fL, and designate the various coordinates as shown in Fig. 11.14. Then from (11.64) or (11.65) we obtain
/-l I>(x, y, z) = - 417' {x2

+ RI sin OUR dO =
a constant

d(l!.- sin 0) = 0 417' R I

Hence the streamlines are given by sin 2 0 _ C R , (11.70)

+ y2 + Z2}~


e, rp) =

- 417'


cos 0


I>(r, f/J, x) = - j

.rr ',:r

-r-2-- 2}~



Different values of the constant yie1d different streamlines, The streamlines appear as ,shown in Fig. 11.15. All the streamlines begin and end at the doublet. They proceed, as shown, f; om the source side of the doublet toward the sink side. Near the axis of the doUblet, the streamline directions are the same as that of the axis. This is the motivation for defining tbe doublet axis as proceeding from the sink to the source. The doublet, just like the source, is a singular solution of Laplace's equation. It does not satisfy that equation at the point where the doublet


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is situated. At that point both the potential and the velocity of the doublet become infinite. The doublet flow field, just like the source field, dIes out with distance from the singularity and vanishes at infinity. In fact, the doublet dies out faster than the source.



is th~partialderivative of~. with respect to dista.nce along the n direction ell' We thus see that the doublet potential can be generated by simply differentiating the source potential with respect to distance in a certain chosen direction. According to (11.72) the negative of this derivative would be the potential of the doublet and the chosen direction would be the axis of the doublet. In thjg way, by successive spatial differentiation of the SQurce potential, we can build up a number of higher order ~ingular solutions (referred to as sources or poles of higher order) of Laplace's equation. .. suitable superposition of such higher order poles may then })( used in the solution of specific problems. For our purposes the source and doublet singularities are adequate.


is the potential due to a source of.unit streDgth and

U.8 Doublet in a Uniform Stream: Flow oyer a Spbere

Let us now consider the superposition of 'a doublet .... and a uniform stream U whose direction is parallel to the doublet axis. Since the source side of the doublet should face the uniform stream, its axis opposes the uniform stream. We choose the origin of coordinates at the doublet, the X-axis in the direction of U, and designate the various eOOrdipates as before (see, for instance, Fig. 11.14). We thus set

1'11.11.15 Stream!iDel or. doublet Bow.


.... == -ip

There is a simple and significant relation between the doublet and source potentials. To see this we considtr a. doublet ell of unit strength and
express its potential. following (11.64), by

- - - e .r41T" a

In termso( spherical coordinates R,6, " the potential at a field point due to the uniform stream is Ux:"" UR cos f) and the potential due. to the doublet, according to relation (11.65), is




~ -= grad(~)
== -e grad (-11) -" 41T r

1 cos 6 P 41T


Consequently, the potential due to the combined flow is given by

.J>(R, 8, V')

the potential (11.71) tak~ the form

== ==

U R cos ()

+ ..!!. cos ()
41T R'


-ell grad (~,)

(UR + E....!..) cos () 41T R'

o. '" == - on (",,)


The negative sign in (l1.72)could have been avoid~d if we defined the axis as tbedirectioo from the source to the sink instead of from the sink to the source.

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We notice that the potential, and consequently the ftow field, is axisymmetric. The velocity field is given by the components


== -R sin Ou, dR + R'sin OUR dO

0cJ) -



U - -II -

211" RI

1") cos 0
Hence the streamlines (11.74)

== d[(UR

I _

L") sin' oJ = 0 4r.R

C, a constant

given by
S . 2 ()


== ~:: - - ( U + :11" ~I) sin 8

1 == - _ . . 0

( URI \ 21rR




R sin O~-

The coordinates R" 0, of the stagnation point are obtained by setting the right members of (11.74) equal to zero. We thus have

By substituting the coordinates of tr stagnation point, from (11.75), in the left-hand member of (11.76), we find that the value of C for the stagnation streamline is zero. Hence the stagnation streamline is described by the equation
( .URI - - - sm i 0 == 0 Jl 21r R .

0, == 0 or 11"

1) .




(Lj 21rU

or, equivalently, by (11.75) and

Jl 1 UR - 211" - == 0 -R

sin l 0== 0 for any for any

(11.77a) (l1.77b)

We sec, therefore, that there are two stagnatiqn points shown by A. and B in Fig. 11.16.

Equation (11.7 a) shows that the whole X-axis forms a part of this streamline. Equation (11. 77b) shows that the circle


C'~IJ""' ==


a constant



describes the rest Of that streamline (Fig. 11.16). Other streamlines of the ftow appear as shown in the figure. The surface containing all the stagnation streamlines of the whole field is obtained by rotating the circle of radius R == a about the X-axis and is, therefore, a sphere of radius a. We may thus conclude that .the flow resulting from a particular combination of a doublet and a uniform stream represents the flow ,due to a sphere in a uniform stream, the radius of the sphere being given by (11.78). Conversely, we may also state that the flow field due to the motion of an originally uniform stream of speed U past a sphere or radius a may be represented by the superposition of the uniform stream and a doublet whose axis opposes the stream and whose strength is given by ( 11.79)

Fig. 11.]6 Flow past a sphere.


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Substituting (11. 79) into Eq. (11.73) we obtain for the potentiaJ


9) ...

u( 1 + ;;.)R cOs 9


Consequently, the velocity compoAents are given by



u,(R,9) -

u( 1 - ~:) cos 9 -u( 1 -f. 2~') sin 9

(11.81a) (11.81b)

as we have seen, by a superposition of the uniform stream and a doublet with its axis opposing the streaJil. This means that the lateral flow of a uniform stream past a certain body ofrevo1u.tion (namely, the sphere) can be represented by the .superposition of the stream and a. doublet on the axis of revolution of the body with the doublet normal to the body axis. One can generalize this idea and represent the lateral JIow over a IIonspherical body 0/ revolution by a suitable distcibution 0/ doub~ts 'along the axis o/rel)oIUliim with the (lXes o/the doublets being normal to rife body ax';s; the doublet axes oppose the direction of the undisturbed stream at infinil'y (Fig. 11.17).

The disturbance field is that of a doublet [see also (IO.48lJ


u.e DIstrlbUtIoa of Doublets Ia Ualfona Streua: Lateral .... AxIsymmetric Flow Past Body or Reyolution

Since the sphere has no distinguished axis of revolution, t~e flow field due to. the' motion of a uniform stream past a sphere can be gIven another interesting and useful interpretation. Let Us choose, as before, the origin

Fig. 11.18 Axial flow past a body of revolution by combination of doublet distribution L..1d a unifonn stream.

A line distribution of doublets can also be. used to genera~ a body' of revolution in axisymmetric flow. Consider a distributicn 8f doublets along a line such that the axes of the doublets point along the lin~ (Fig. 11.18). Such a distributi'!n is equivalent to a continuous one of sources together with a source at one end and a sink at the other. The superposition of axial and lateral flow solutions leads to the flow past a body of revolution at an angle of yaw.

11.10 Flow


Arbitrary Bodies of Rel'olutfoa

Fla. 11.11 Laltefal ftow past a body of revolution by combination of a doublet distribution and a unironn stream.
of coordinates at the center of t~e sphere and the X-axis parallel to the uniform stream. If we select the X-axis as the axis of revolution of the sphere, then the flow field is that due to a ~niform st~ea~ parallel to the axis of revolution. However, if we conSIder any hne tn the plane normal X as the axis of revolution of the sphere, then the flow field is that due to a uniform stream normal to the axis of revolution. Such a flow is generally referred to as lateral or transverse flow over a ~dy of re~olu tion. Whichever point of view we wish to take, the flow field 1S determmed,


We now turn to tbe practically important problem of determining the flow past a given body of revolution. If the. surface of the body is analytic, that is, if it can be described analytically, the solution for tbe flow field can be found by using appropriate curvilinear coordinates and the method of separation of variables. Ellipsoids of revolution .and the sphere are examples of such analytic bodies. Flow past such' bodies has been extensively treated and for the details Lamb (1932) and Munk (1934) may hi consulted. In this connection reference may be made also to' Thwaites (1960)_ where further r;:ferences will be"found. For the flow past a body of prescribed shape the powerful method of slJperposition of simple singular solutions is widely used. The problem now is tbat of determining the distribution of singularities which reprc:sent the flow over a given body of revolution. This direct problem is much more important than the indirect problem we have considered before where

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the flow past a body ofrevoJution was g:nerated by superposing a specified line distribution of sources and doublets on a uniform stream. The direct problem appears to'have been treated first by Karman (1927). For axisymmetric motioo: he u$ed a continuous distribution of sources along the axis of the given body and gave a method for computing the distribution. For lateral ftow past the given body he used a continuous distribution of doublets along the axis with the doublet axes opposing the undisturbed lateral ftow. A method was given for computing the doublet

According to this theorem if and ",. are two scalar functions!,f position we h a v e ' .



("'1 grad ",. - ;. grad ;1)' Ii dS.,

fff(tfol VI4>t &

fa V'th) d.,.

where Ro is a region enclo$ed by the surface So. Let us set

1 ;1-r

Fla. 11.19 Example of a body of ~olutiOD which caDDOt be fepraent.ed by a distribution of singularities on its axis &lODe.

where r is the distance from a fixed point P to another point and; i harmor;c function. Then (11.82) becomes .


distribution. For the details consult Karman (1927). An approximate analytic solution for the ftow past very slentkr bodies ot revolution is given in Chapter 20: The assumption that the ftow about a given body of revolution can be represented exactly by a distribution of sources 3nd doublets along the axis of the body is valid only if the shape of the body satisfies certain conditions. It is. thus applicable to so-called sle~r bodies only.. It is not applicable for a body with discontinuity in its surface slope, such as the body shown in Fig.l1.l9. It can be shown, however, that the acyclic flow

Suppose that the point P is external to So. Then Vl(l/r) vanishes at all points of Ro and (11.83) reduces to

f (~

grad c/> - ", grad;) n dS = 0


past any arbitrary body may be represented by a distribution .of sources or doublets on the surface of the body.(see next section). Hence the flow past
arbitrary bodies of revoJution may be found by using surface distributions of singularities. Such a treatment was originated by Flugge-Lotz (1931), who employed a surface c.iistribution of source rings. Smith and Pierce (1958) gave a method of calculating, by means of an electronic compurer, the axisymmetric flow past arbitrary bodies of revolution on the basis of surface distribution' of sources. Hess (1962) gave a similar method' for computing lateral flow past arbitrary bodies of revolution. For the details and specific problems their work should be consulted; for other references see Thwaites (1960). . 11.11 Flow Past an Arbitrary Body

Suppose now that the point is in the region Ro. SinceVl(l/r) becomes infinite at r equal to zero, it is necessary to exclude this point from the . region to which (11.83) applies. We draw a small sphere of radius a with center at P and apply (11.83) to the region between and So (Fig. 11.20). We obtain


-tf (; ~ + ~)
c/>(P) = -


fj(; grad; So

c/>grad;) ndS = 0

Now let go to zero. Noting that ciS on the sphere is angle we obtain

time'! the solid


1fj(l-r grad; 30


1 -.1' .n tiS ,.


We now consiaer the r~oblem of acyclic flow past an arbitrary body. Such a motion can ~ represented by a surface distribution of sources or doublets. This can be shown by the U5e of Gre:n's theorem (2.141).

where f(P) is the value of t/> at the point P. Tilis gives the value of,J, tit any pob!t P ;11 terms of the values of and CJ,p/an on the boundary.


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Now, the source and dOllblet solutions of

are given respectively by

== 0
1 -41Tr a

,~ Jl:(! grad 9> 41T lr r 8

9> grad!) odS


9>. ==

== -4>{P) == 0

if P is in R if P is outside R

Note that 0 is the outward normal to S. The statements made in the preceding paragraph therefore apply also to this ~se. The distribution expressed by (11.86) can, further, be replaced by a surface distribution of sources only or of doublets only. Let 9>1 be harmonic in the regionR I enclosed by the surface S. Say 9> is the disturbance potential under consideration. Now if P is a point in R we have


== - ..!... 1t(! grad 9> - 9> grad !) 0

41T It' r


o == ..!... It' r grad 9>1 Jl:(! 41T


9>1 grad !) . n dS

F\i. 11.20 Illustrating the application of Green's theorem to show that the flow past an arbitrary body may be rep~nted by surface distribution of singularities.

Adding these two we obtain



== - ~ ,t:( ! (grad 9> 41T It' r



~1) D dS


-ell grad


where eI denotes the axis ofthe doublet [see (11.72). With these relations I . Eq. (11.85) may be expressed as

+ ~ Jl: (9) 41Tlt'


9>1) grad! . 0 d S



if ~.


4> 0 dS +


4><0 grad

4>.) dS

This shows that 9> at P is that due to a surface distribution of sources and doublets. The density of the sources is - grad 4> D per unit area. The density of the doublets is 4> per unit area. The doublet axes are alonE; the inward normals to the surface. The results (11.84) and (Il.8S) can be readily extended to the disturbance potential 4> of theirrotational motion iIi the .region R exterior to a solid b9dy. For this purpose we first apply the results to the region between the surf~S of the ~y and aD arbitrary surface E enclosing S and then let E to to infinity. The integrals over I: go to zero as ~ goes to infinity. In

This again expresses that 9> at P is that due to a surface distribution of sources and doublets. The density of the sources and doublets is however different from that in (11.86). This means the representation of 4>{P) by a surface distribution of sources and doublets is not unique. This is in line with the uniqueness theorems: According to these theorems we know that 9> is uniquely determined only when either ~ or iJ9>/on is prescribed on the boundary of the region in which 9> is harmonic. The function ~I is to be tjetermined by prescribing either iJ9>I/'iln or ~1 on the su'rfac-e S. Suppose that we require 9>1 = ~ on S. Then the above equation reduces to

~(P) =

..!... Jl: ! (grad 41T It' r s



~1)' n dS



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This shows that t/> atP is that due to a surface distribution of sources only of strength (grad. t/> - grad i/lJ . D per unit area. Alternatively, if we require that grad on S we shall have

It is customary to express the pressure, particularly on the surface of a body, by means of a pressure coefficient defined as
C == P - Pao II 1V I

tP D== grad tPl n



,tP(P) == 1- Jt (~
41T lf'

- ~l) grad! n dS

Hence, from Eq. (11.88), it follows that the pressure coefficient at any point is given by (l1.87b) Thus CII at a stagnation point is l.
CII = I - -

This shows that tP(P) is that du:e to a surface distri~ution of doublets only. The representation (11.87) is unique. We thus conclude that the aCyclic flow pastan arbitrary body may be represen~ by a distribution of sources alone or doublets alone on the surface oi the body.. Hess and Smith (1962) .gave a method of computing with the aid of an electronic computer such a flow using a surface distribution of sourceS alone. For details and specific examples they may be consulted.

Vi Vao I


SpMre. We consider first the case of a sphere of radius a immersed in an originally uniform stream U. The pressure distribution over the surface of thl sphere, according to (ll.90), is given by the coefficient

C..(a, (),9' )


1 _ V,(a, 8, 9') I U.
U I +.U I R

ll.n Pressures
We shall now describe the tlieoretically calculated pressure distribution over a sphere in.a steady flow and over certain slender bodies of revolution in axial flow. Once the velocity potential bas. been determined, the pressure field is given by the Bernoulli equa~on



where ti, (), 9' are the spherical coordinates of a.point on the sphere. Over the sphere, from (11.81), we have


+ tpVl == H

a constant


VI == (grad 41)1 The constant H,can be evaluated by means of the free stream coitt"jtions, that is, the conditions in the undisturbed stream at infinity, or by means of the stagnation conditions, that is, those existing at a stagnation poInt. Thus if p", and V ao denote the free stream pressure and velocity, and if P. denott=s the pressure at the stagnation point, we have

u, = -tUsin 8
Consequently, the pressure distribution over the sphere is given by ,
C..(a, (), 9') == 1 -

sinl 8


H == Pao + tpVaoZ
The pressure at any point is therrgiven by
p == P, -

== P.


or, equiva.lently, by (l1.1S8)

This distribution, in any axial plane 9' = const" is shown in Fig. 11.21, where the angle fl is measured from the forward stagnation point. Since the distribution is symmetrical with respect to fl, the distrihution shown in the figure applies equally to eitht=r the top or bottom half of the sphere. In the same figure some measured pressure distributions are also shown; we shall talk about them a little later. Since the theoretical pressure distribution over an} meridian section of the sphere is svmmetrical about the diameter AB and also about the diameter CD, it follows that the theoretical value for the force on the sphere is 7.ero, Also, sin..:e ali the pressure forces pass through the center

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of the sphere, the moment on the sphere,5 zero. 1)ris is' in line with the ,considerations given in Chapter 10, Skillin BotIy 01 Rnolldio.. We "lOW consider the case of a slender body of revolution in axial fto~ obtamed by combining a specifi~ line distribution of sources and sinks with a uniform stream. The pressure distribution over the bodies sJtown in Fig. 11.11 were calculated by Fuhrmann, and his results are reproduced in Fig. 11.22. In the same
----Theoretical ---Mllsurec! R - 4.3 X 105 ----Musurec!'R. 1.6 x 105 , /

-1.0 1--+---+-"~,.....60t44---+---I



{J (d8lrees)




{J: angle from foIward

, "pu'

_Illation point

PII. 11.11 Pres!i~ distribution over the spnere fixed in an originally uniform stteam.

figure expcrimcbtally measured pressures are als" shown; we shall return to these later. The force can be obtained by integration of the pressure forces over the body. Such calculations show that the force on each of the bodies consid ~rcd is zero.

11.13 Discussion
Let us nofN examine the theoretical results we have obtained in light"of experimen.tal observations. We first consider the case oftbe sphere. In Fig. 11.21 we hate included .the results of pressure measurements made at two values of the Reynolds number pUd/p" where d is the diameter of the sphere and p, is the viscosity of the fluid. We notice ,that the. theoretical distribution differs fl om the mC8SUred one, which itself depends characteristically on the valu of the Reynolds number. Over the front part of~: 'e sphere (i.e., in the n"'t-;hborhood of the forward stagnaLi:)n point A) there is a fair agreement, particularly at the larger Reynolds number. between the measured and tIieoretical results, but they differ drastically over the rear of the sphere.

Plate 10 II,m pasl a srl'-ere illustrating: (0) laminar separation; (b) turbulent separatinn. l','urh:sy of Professor O. G. Tietjens. Plate 14 of Prandtl and Tietjen$


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The. theoretical pressure decrea!;Cs from its stagnation value at A to a minimum value at C ~ .... here the velocity is a max.imum) and rises agair. steeply to the stagnatIOn value at the rear stagnation B. The measured pr~ssure doc:s not ~xhibi~ ~uch recovery over the rear of the sphere. ThiS means tnat the Ideal flUid of our theory. in which effects of friction are completely absent. negotiates the (ising pressure over the rear part of the

Cp I



- - Theoretical Measured

Fla. lI.n Pressure dislriblltion over bodies described in Fig. 11.11.

sphere, whereas the actual fluid endowed with friction, no matter h"w ')mall, fails to do so. The theoretical flow field looks as shown in Fig. 11-16 and does not depend on any par~meter like the Reynolds number. On the other hand, the actual flow field of a real fluid depends on the role of fluid friction and thus on the Reynolds number. It is beyond our intent to g~ into the details of the variation of the actual flow field past a sphere With the Reynolds number. !t is adequate for our purposes to note that at the Reyno!ds numbers that intorest us, the actual flo,," -past the sphere separates from the body (see Plate 10). The point of ~epardtion depends at. the of the boundary layer on th<! forward part of the sphere. WIth a la~l'ar layer separation occurs in the fmnt rart of the sph..:re. whereas With a turbulent layer it occurs in the rear. This ex.plains .... hv the measured pressure di~tribution3 differ b~twer.:n themselves. We thu~ see th;lt the actual flow tield pa,{ the sphere C00SIStS \~f separated flow ill ~ontrast to the unseparated flow predicted hy tl.e theory. Agl~ep.lent

between the two flow fields on the whole is bl:tter at the larger Reynolds number for which the boundary layer is turbulent and separation is removed to the rear end of the sphere. From the measured pressures it follows that the sphere in the actual flow experiences considerable drag in contrast with the zero drag predicted by the theory. On the basis of the foregoing discussion we conclude that the theoretical model we have employed for the flow past a sphere is indeed ;r poor approximation to the real flow. It should be rp.placed by a more reaJistic model based on a physical underst3nding of the actual flow. Further consideration of this matter is outside our present interest. We now turn to the slender body of revQ.\utioJ1 in axial flow. Referring to Fig. 11.22, we see that in this case there is very gcod agreement between the theoretical and measured pressures over the whole body except right at the rear end. At the rear end the theoret;cal pressure steeply rises to the stagnation value. while actually such a rise does not take place. This deviation at the rear end is aga' n attributable to the effects of friction. From the measured distributio' w( learn that there is a drag for,ce acting on the body but that it is very t nall. This may be interprete~. to a certain extent, as a confirmation cf the theoretical result that the drag is zero. Ct thus appeal'S that the theoretical model we have adopted for the axial flow past a slender body of revolution i!i: II eood approximatio:1 to the actual flow. From the point of view of the actual flow of a fluid past a body, the sphere and the body of revolution represent two different types of bodies. The sph~ is an example of a bluff body for which separation of the flow is an important feature (sec Section 1.9). Flow separatioll prevent~ the rL,~ o~ pressure one expects, on the basis of ideal ftuid theory, over the rear of the body and gives rise to a considerable drag force on the body. The crag depends on the position of separation and becomes smaller when the separation occurs nearer 'the rear of the body. In C\intrast to the sphere. the body of revolution in a uniform axir.! Ilow is an example ofa streamlined pody for which flow separation, if it occurs at all. does so very near the rear of the body (sec Section 1.9). In this case the drag of the body is exceedingly small. It should be borne in mind that the drag we have been talking about is that d~e to the normal pressures acting on the body. It is (":tiled pressure or form drag and is quite distinct from the skin ffictil)n drag arising out of frictional stresses acting tangentially 0n the body. Skin fri.:{:on drag does not exist in the ft0W of an ideal fluid. For oluff bodies fdction drag is smal i compared to the pressure drag. whereas for streamlind hodies the pres.'iure drag is small compare~ to the friction dra~


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11.14 Force

Arbitrary Body: d'A1anberi's Paradox

Wc consider, as we have ~n doing, steady acyclicjrrotational motion past a fixed rigid body. On th,.e basis of the considerations given in Chapter. 10 (~ Sections 10.5, 10.9, ~O.IO), the force and moment exerted by the fluid on the body are given by

It is important to bear in mind t~e assumptions underlying.,d' Alembert's result. They are

M ==

-u)( ffp~dS

1. The ftuid is ideal, that is, inviscid and incompressible. 2. The fluid is unlimited, and the body is completely immersed in the fluid. 3. The body is moving uniformly, that is, with a constant velocity. 4. The motion is irrotational. 5. The circulation around every closed circuit is zero and consequently the velocity potential is single valued
We shall now look at the significance of some of these assumptions. If the fluid is viscous, friction comes into play and the present theory is out of place. If the fluid is non viscous but compressible, further investigation is necessary to decide about tbe applicability of d'Alembert's result. The theory of compressible inviscid fluid flow tells us that d' Alembert's paradox holds if the motion is completely subsonic and the a~sumptions (2) to (5) are made. D' Alembert's result will not apply if the fluid is limited in extent with either a free surface or a solid boundary too near the uniformly moving body. It is known that a body submerged to an insufficient depth in a fluid with a free surface, such as water, and moving uniformly experiences a drag. This drag (known as wave drag) is a consequence of a system of waves that appear on the free surface and continually remove energy to infinity. When a body moves nonuniforll)ly (i.e., accelerates) through an ideal fluid, the fluid as we had seen exerts a force on the body. D' Alembert's result, which is based on irrotational motion, has no significance for the rotational motion of an ideal fluid. The assumption that the fluid motion is acyclic and the velocity potential is singh:; ..alued has a very important consequence, Aswe can surmise from the consideratIons of Section 10.5 it is this assumption that is responsible for the prediction of zero force on a body in a unifo;m stream. We emphasize that d'Alembert's result applies only to the force on the body. Even though the resultant of the pressure forces on the body turns out to be zero, the resultant of their momer.ts (with respect so some reference point) generally need not vanish. Thus an arbitrary closed body executipg a uniform motion under the conditions we are considering usually experiences a moment even thou~h the force on it is zero.

where t/I is the disturbance potential. The result Utat the force on an arbitrary body is zero, as mentioned before, is known as d'A.lembert's Paradox, after d'Alembert (l717-178})." The !'esult implies that the socalled drag force on the body due to fluid resistance is zero. D' Alembert was the first man to attack. the problem of fluid resistance by means of a rational theory and then meet with the unforeseen result of zero drag. He wondered how one could explain by theory the resistance of fluids when a carefully laid out mathematical theory led him to such a paradoxical result. Before the time of flying people were preoccupied with the problem of drag on a body moving uniformly through a fluid that is otherwise undisturbed. At that time d' Alembert's paradox generally meant the theoretical result of zen;) drag. What surprise~ us is not so much the zero drag force furnished by the ideal fluid theory developed so far but the zero lift force it predicts for lifting bodies such as the wings of an airplane. The absence of drag for the type of motion we have considered is understandable. If there is drag, work should be continually done by external forces acting on the body in order to maintain its motion. The work done should then rest in the fluid. It should appear a3 an increase in the internal energy of the fluid or as an increase in the kinetic energy of the fluid. In the latter case, energy should continually flow to infinity. Either of these possibilities is impossible in the motion of an ideal fluid under the conditions we have envisaged so far. We know that the internal energy of an ideal fluid is coilstant,t and we have seen that the disturbance velocity of the fluid due to the body dies out so rapidly with increasing distance from the body that there can be no flow of energy to infinity. With regard to the question of lift. it will be our concern hereafter to understand the physical circumstances more clearly and develop the theory further so that it can furnish us with useful results. .
For additional interesting reading 0'1 this and related topics see Durand (19 }4) t In fact, it does not appear in our conslaerations.

11.15 Circulation as tbe Agency for Force

One of the principal aims of the present study of ideal fluid theory is to determine theoretically the fluid fo~ acting on bodies of aerodynamic


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interest such as the wings of an airplane. But in light of d' Alembert's par.adox it appears that any attempts to achieve such an aim may prove fruitless. To a<;sure ourselves that the situation is not hopeless we shall now examin\: tbe steps that need to be taken to resolve d'Alembert's paradox anJ ~l:bsequently develop a satisfactory ideal fluid theory for the flow past a body such as an airplane wing. Consider tbe steady flow past a fixed rigid body and a.fsume that the motion is cyclic. This means we assume that the circulation around cirC14its ~nclo,.in:f!. the body is no! zero and that consequenTly the velocity potential IS not slflglecalued. To fix ideas we may suppose that the region exterior to the body when it is finite is somehow made into a doublv connected region. In such a case, on the basis of the considerations giv:'n in Section 10.5, we conclude that the force on the body does not vanish and is in fact given bj" [see (10.70)] .


It therefore follows that


n x q dS =

~ n x V dS =


Y dS

where e is normal to the cross section of the cylinder in the riirection of D x V. Since V does not vary along,. the length of the cylinder we choose a unit length of the cylinder and write

dS = dl x ]

F k: pU x


n x q dS



where q is the disturbance velocity and S, as usual, is the surface of the It was shown in Section 10.5 that if e is any fixed direction [see (J 0.75)], then


n x qdS

'" = Jr.(h)dh

where is the circulation around a certain circuit drawn on the body. Note that since


Flg.ll.13 Illustrating the relation between the circulation 3"d the force for twodimensional flow past an infinite: cylinder.


n x U dS = 0

where dl is an element of length along the contour of the cylinder. Denote by C this contour. Then, pir unit length "f the cylinder. we obtain




n x q dS =


n x V dS





V dl =



where V is the total flUId velocity given by

where r denotes the circulation around C in the sense of right-ha.nd rotation about e. Substituting (11.94) in (11.92). we obtain the force on the cylinder as F = pU )(


To il\usirate explicitly the relation between the circulation and the '!orce. let us consider the two-dimensional flow past an infinite cylhder \vlth Its generators norm;" tv the fl ee stream. A plane of the motion is shc'wn in Fig. 11.23. The vcclor~ U, n, and V,VI lie in such a plulle. Furthtrmt)r~. sine.: V m.'Sl b.:: tangential to the body surface, D and " arc

per unit length. Since IU x el = U, and the direction of U x e is a unit vector e, normal to U and e as shown in the tigure. the furce buomcs

per unit length. We speak of this force as the Iif! nu drag.


lhe cylinder. There iJ


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thus see that.ifthere is a circulation r around an infinite cylinder of arbltr~ry cros~ section .placed in a uniform strea~ U, the cylinder will expenence a hft force (I 1.95) L= pur per unit length (or span). This r~ult is known as the Kutta-Joukowski theorem. We shall return to this later. . We have tHus come to recognize that a nonzero circulation around a bo~y in a uniform .;trea~ is essen~ial if a force were to act on the body. ThIs means that the velocIty potentIal must be multivalued. From what we know so far,. a mul~ivalued potential is possible only if the region exterior t~ the ~y IS lJlul~lply connected. Now the region outside a finite threedlmenslOn~1 ~y IS ce~inly not a multiply connected region. How can . the ~tentlalm that r~glOn ~~e multi valued, and how can we explain !h~ hft force on ~rtam fimte hftmg bodies such as wings 7 Our theory 10 It~ pres~nt state IS h~lp in resolving these difficultiei. Any clues f~r stralghtenmg out the sltuatio~ ~ust co~e from a physical understanding of the ~ature of the Bow ov~r h~ng bo~he~ .. To gain such understanding, a conve~lent .place to s~ IS WIth the IQfiDltely long lifting body, the socalled mfimte or two-dImensional wing, in a uniform stream. . In. contr~st wi~h the three-dimensional situation, the region outside an mfimte cylinder I~ doubly connected, and the potential, theoretically at lea~t, can be mulhvalued. Then the circulation in any circuit enclosing the cyl~nder ~eed not ~ zero. Now, however, the difficulty is that, given a cylmder m a certam stream, we have no way with our present theory to know whether or not ~her~ is circulation around the body; and if there is, h~w ca~ one determme Its magnitude? Again, clues to resolve these dlfficultles must come from a physical understanding of the ftow over a lifting body. Our task for the next.few chapters is then clear. First we shall take up the problem offormulatm~ the' two-dimensional wing theory and analyzing so~e.ofthe problems assocIated ~ith it. We will then be in an advantageous posltJon to tak~ up the formulatIon of the three-dimensional wing theory and the. analYSIS of s~me problems associated with it. As a first step in developmg the. analrtlcal fra~ework for the two-dimensional wing theory we shall conSIder 10 the next chapter steady acyclic two-dimensional motion.

Chapter 12

Steady Two-Dimensional Acyclic Motion

When the motion takes place in.a series of planes parallel to a given plane and is the same in each oftltese planes, we speak of plane or two-dimensional motion. The velocity, the pressure, and other quantities related to the . ftow are equal at corresponding points of the planes. They are thu6 independent of a space coordinate measured along an .. , is nor]1lal to the planes. We shall denote this axis by Z and the corresponding coordinate .by z. The velocity compOnent w alon~ Z is zero. The streamlines of the ftow are plane curves and lie in parallel planes normal to the Z-axb. $.teady plane motion is possible rnly in the case of an infi" .. ely long cylindrical body placed in a uniform stream with its generators normal to the stream. Such a body is known as a two-dimensional body. Physically there are no exact examples oftwo-dimensional ftow, only situations where the motion can be considered a good approximation to two-dimensional ftow. Studies of two-dimensional ftows are, however, important. :rhey contribute to our understanding of th~ nature of ftuid motion. From the mathematicaJ point of view, two-dimensional motion involves two independent variables in the governing equations, and this is a great help. It is particularly amenable, as we shall see, to mathematical analysis.

11.1 Recapitulation
We shall gather here for convenience some pertinent relations that have been introduced at several places in the preceding chapters. We choose the z = 0 plane as the representative plane of motion (Fig. 12.1). In analyzing two-dimensio~1 ftows we of en use cylindrical polar c{>ordinates besides Cartesians. Hence we shall record both the Cartesian and .polar forms of the relevant terms and equations. In analyzing two-dimensional motion we can work in terms of either the velocity potential, or the stream function, 01 both, as will be shown in Chapter 15. In this chapter we shall obtain the stream function and the potential for some simple flows . . First we use Cartesians x. y. z. The velocity V, the 'potential <1>. the stream function "', and all other quantities are functions of x and y only. 359


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Furtber Considerations Relating to tbe Stream Function

W'e'recall that along any streamline '" == C a constant or, equivalently (12.2)




Fig. 12.1

Coordinates ror two-dimensional 110\-:.

We thus have


== (u(x, y), vex, == <1>( x, y) '" == ",(x, y) 0<1> == U == a",

v <1>

y), 0]



dz a


Fig. 12.l Illustrating the relation between the stream runction and the flow through an arbitrary curve.


== v == _ 0",

In Cartesians this takes the form


V~==- +:--=0 ox oy .


a", d + a", dy == -v dx + u dy =



a", + a", 2

= 0

In polar coordinates we have



In terms of the cylindrical coordinates r, 0,

V = [ur(r, ~), u9(r, 0), 0] cI> = <1>(r, 0)

olp dr

+ 0", 00

dO == -u. dr

+ ru_ dO == 0



'" ==

",(r, 0)

0<1> = u = or r

1 0'1'

Consider any two streamlines "'. == C 1 and Ip = C2 and an arbitrary curve AB joining them (Fig. 12.2). Denote by dl an element of length along the curve and by, n the normal to that element. The net out flow of fluid mass through AB, measured per unit thickness normal to the plane of motion, is given b~


! 0<1> =


= _ e

or roO\r 00 r 00 r 00

.d via AB



Now, if in Cartesians, dl = (dx, dy)

y2<1> =

! ~(r 0<1 + ! .~(! 0<1

rot ror, or or

_ 0 -

n = (a, b)

=! ~(r alP) + 1i(l

Olp) =

we then have dl . n = a dx and

+ b dy = 0


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From these equations it follows that


(dY _ dX)
dl' dl - v dx

(12.6) (12.7)


v . D 01 == u dy

Substituting (12.7) into (12.5) we obtain


the velocity vector. Also, the direction of the streamline passing through that point is that of the velocity vector. Since grad el> at any point is normal to the equipotential line,. passing through the point, it follows that the equipotential line and the streamline passing through any point are normlll to each other at that point (Fig. 12.3). "We thus see that the equipotential lines (el> == const.) and the streamlines (1p == const.) form an orthogonal net.


A vl&AB

(u dy - v dx)

In terms of 'the stream function this becomes


= fB(01p dy


+ 01p




= 11'(8) - 1p(A)





Streamlines and equipOtential lines are orthogonal.

This ~ho",:s that the difference between the numerical values of the stream functIOns LS equal to the volume rate offluid flowing between them. Consider now a closed circuit <'C drawn in the region of the flow. The net outflow of fluid mass through <'C is then given by

12.3 Problem In Terms of tbe Stream Functioa Consider steady flow p~t a cylinder. The problem of determining the flow field in terms of the stream function consists of solving the equation


pL V

n dl

==pJv d1p
== lim (1p(8) -

1p(A)]vl& <'C

where A and B are adjacent points on rt'. If there are no sources of fluid in ~he region enclosed by the curve, tht: net outflow of mass through the ~urve IS zero, and consequently the integral f d1p around f(/ is also zero. This means 1p is a single valued function in any region in which there are no sources. It will be multivalued along circuits enclosing sources. In the plane of motiQll we can draw two sets of curves-one set described by the equation el> = const., the so-called eqUIpotential lines, and the other set. described by the equation 11' = const., that is, the'streamlines. At any po lOt of the flow field the gradient of the potential points in the direction of

ip the region exterior to the cylinder such that 1p or its derivatives satisfy certain specified conditions on the contour of the body and at infinity. Since the contour of the body is a streamline, it follows that on that contour 1p must be a constant. Since the velocity at infinity must approach the undisturbed vel~ity, it follows that at infinity the spatial derivatives of 1p should assume the corresponding components of the undisturbed velocity. Thus, in Cartesians, the problem consists of detcrrmining 1p{x, y) the solution of the equation


such that
1p{x, y)


a constant


F(x, y) = 0


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and that at infinity

In terms of 'the polar coordinates r.


these equations take the form

0'1' - == U' '1 oy 0'1'


e) == e) ==

Vr cos Ur cos


Ur sin Vr sin

(12.11) (12.12)

12.S Source Flow


== U. j


where F(x, y) == 0 describes the contour of the body and U is the free stream. * As. a fir~t step in building up the two-dimensional flow fields past certaIn bodIes, we shall obtain the stream function and. the potential for three simple flow fields-uQ,iform stream, a source, and a doublet. Our procedure will be to take the velocity field as given and then to find the stream function and the potential by integration of the velocity components.

In three-dimensional flow the source flow is such that the streamlines are radia11ines in all directions from a point and the veiocity is a fu'nction only of the distance frolr. the source to a field point. A similar flow in two

12.4 Uniform Stream

Consider a uniform stream with velocity Q. Let U and V denote its components along the X- and Y-axes (Fig. 12.4). Then

a'l' ==





It therefore follows that

tp(x, y)


Vx Ux

+ .uy + Vy


FIg.12.5 Source flow.

C1>(x, y)


dimensions is described when the streamlines in any plane of motion :lre all radial lines from a point in that plane and the velocity is a function' only of the polar coordinate r measured from that point (Fig. 12.5). The velocity field, with respect to r, e, and z of such a flow, is then #I represented by v == u,.er (12.13) where ur = uir) only. We first see whether this velocity field satisfies the incompressibility and irrotationality conditions. Jt is readily verified that the curl of V vanishes -everywhere. The incompressibility condition requires that divV With Eq. (12.13) this becomes

== 0 ==


Uniform flow. ,

- (ru r )

Such a problem is known as Dirichlet's Problem.



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ur ==

B r

Integration of these equations yields say

where B is a constant. It therefore folloM that the velocity

1p{r, 8) (12.14)

!L 8 + const.



B ur(r)er - - er r

To obtain the corresponciing potential we note that


is acceptable at all points except at the point r == 0, ~here it becomes infinite. This point is thus a singular point of the flow. It can further be seen that at this point div V ~ 0 'but is in fact infinite. This means the point is a source. It is often referred to as a plane or two-dimensional sourct. Let.q denote the strength of the source, that is, the volume measured per unit thickness normal to the plane of motion of fluid being created at the source Per unit time. The strength q is then also equal to the volume of ftuid ftowing out of any curve enclosing the source. If, for simplicity, we choose a circle of radius e with its center at the source we obtain

q 1

- = ur


211 r


Otll - = ru,,= 0 iJ(j

integration of these equations yields


== -q


log r

+ const.


In Cartesians, the stream and potential functions are

where dl is an element of length along the circle. From (12.14) V er on the circle is equal to B/e. Therefore

V'(x, y} =

.!L tan-J(lf.)


+ constant



dl .. 211B


~(x, y) = :1.. log (Zl


+ yl) + constant

Now, in terms of the source strength we can rewrite (12.14) as

Combinati9D of a Sourr..e and' a Sink of qual Strength

_.!L er
211 r


The three-dimensional picture of a plane source is simply a doubly infinite line source obtained by a ,uniform distribution of point (i.e., three:"dimensional) sources along a straight line. Hence q is the constant sour~ strength per unit length. If we assume such a distribution alon,g the Z-axis, we can obtain by inte~ation over the distribution the ftow field of a two-dimensional source. To obtain the stream function w~ note that
-=ru - -

Consider a source and a sink each of strength 9 situated at the points .A and B, respectively (Fig. 12.6). Let BC be I\n ~is directed from ttv: sink tl) the source. If P is any field JX'int, let 01 dellotP. the angle P.A C and ()I the angle PBC. The stre~m function at P due to the source at .A is given by


when the zero strea:nline is taken as the axis BA.C. The stream function :it P due to the sink at B is given by
, q V'.- - 2". 8 -



- - -u, -' 0 or


when the zero streamline is again taken as the axis BAC.

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Il.7 Doublet
The stream function at P due to the combined flow is then given by 'I' = '1'1

+ '1'1

where 83 is the angle APB.

.!L (0 1

OJ = .!L O.


The doublet in two dimensi6ns is defined in the same way as the doublet ii'} three dimensions. Thus if the distance / between a source and a sin ... of equal strength q is allowed to go to zero such that the product ql remains equal to a constant we obtain a doublet of strength lA, The axis of the doublet is directed from the sink to the source,



to'ig. 12.7 Derivation of a doublet.

We obtain the-stream function for the doublet as follows. Choose the sink point as the origin of coordinates and set up temporarily Cartesian axes X, Y such that the X-axis !uns from the sink to the source (Fig. 12.7). Let P be any field point wjth the coordinates r, 0 or, equivalently, x, y. Angles and 1 are :neasured as shown. The stream function at P due to a doublet situated at 0 with its axis in the direction of X is then given by

Fig. 12,6 Source-sink combination.

tp(r, 0) =

with Ql~,.

lim 1-0


.!L (81



The streamlines are then described by the equation 'I' = - Os = com.dnt 21T or, equivalently, by

To evaluate. the limit we observe that for small I we may write

e == _1 sin 0
r -

1cos 0

Substituting this in {l2.2n we obtain





The latter is the equation of a circle passing through the point P, the source 2.t A and the sink at B. Therefore the streamlines are circles all of which pass ~hrough the sink and the source (Fig. 12.6). The directions of the streamlines are as shown.

IA sin tpr, 0) = - - ( 21T r


tp(x. y) = -IA -Y 21T Xl + yl

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12.8 SoDRe aDd SiDk of Equal Stnllgtla

a UIIif_ Streua.

'P - ~ sin 6 . 271' r

= C,

a constant

Consider the superposition of a source, a sink each of strength q and a uniform stream U parallel to the direction from the source to the sink; We choose the origin of coordinates midway between the sourte and sink and th~ X-axis in the dim.:tion from !he source to the sink (fig. 12.9). Thus U == iV, the source is at x = -a, the sink is at % - Q.




..... 11.f FlO1lf put Raultinc oval.

The stream function at any field point P w~thcoordinatt-,5. T,8 or, equivalently, %, y is given by

" - Vr sin 8 + !L (8, - 8J

2.". Fla. n.B Douclet flow.
This ;s the ~uation of a circle whose center is cn the axis 0 = 71'/2 and . whose diameter is given by

It can be shown that there are two stagnation points-A'and B such that

OA- OB ..

.4=--=--sin 6


. . The st~lines are obtained from the equation stagnation described by

j-::;. .".V qa


= constant. \The

The streamlines are as shown in Fig. 12.8. The potential for the doublet is given by 4>(, 6) == _ ~ cos 6 , 271' r (12.23)
cfI(x, y) = - ------: 2.". Xl + yl

UR sin 0 + .!L (6. - ( 1)


== 0

This shows that the whole X-axis except the segmC'lllll"etween the sourcc~ and the sink forms a part of the stagnation streamline. The rest of this line is a closed curve as shown in Fig. 12.9. The cur~'e is symmetrical about X-axis. It is known as an oval.
The algebraic details are left to the reader as an exercise.


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We thus~ (as expected) that the superpositIon we are considering represents the two-dimensional flow past, an infinitely long symmetrical cylinder. ' This method of source-sink superposition can be extended to represent the flow past symmetrical cylinders of arbitrary' shape. Cylinders obtained in this way are called Rankine ovals. 11.9 Doublet lit Uniform Stream: Flow O'fer a Circular CyliDder Let us consider now the combination of a d~ublet '" and a uniform stream U with the axis of the doublet opposing the stream. We choose the
p(r. ')

The stagnation points in the flow are obtained by seui,ng these equations We thus find that there ,are 'two stagnation points A and Bgiven by .

A:r - J",/21TU, B:r - J ",/21TU,


The streamlines ~ftbeJlow are described by th~ equation 'P == constant. The constant for the stagnation streamline turns out to be zero. Hence this strelllJlline is given by'

( 1 - - - -1) , sin 8 - 0 Il 21TU



or by sin 8 == 0 for any r and (12.28) (12.29)

== J ",/21TU, a constant for any 8



past a circular cyl~r.

Drigin of coordinates at the doublet and the X-axis in the direction of the uniform stream (Fig. 12.10). Thu!:

f.L == -if
Thr: stream any fipld point P(r, 8) due to the combined flow is then given by

Equations (1228, 29) show that the stagnation streamline consists of the whose X-axis and a circle of radius J iJ/21rU with its center at the doublet (see Fig. 12.10). The surface formed by the stagnation streamlines lying in all the planes of motion is that of an infinitely long circular cylinder with its generators normal to those planes. Thus the superposition we are disclJssing represents the two-dimensional flow past a circular cylinder. It follows that if a circular cylinder of radius a is placed in a uniform stream V, the disturbance field due to the cylinder is represented by a doublet whose axis opposes the stream and whose strength is

'" _ 21rUaz
The stream function and the velocity components are then -giveA by

..I'r, 0) = Ur sin 8 - - - ' ~ 21T ,

'" dn 8

== U I r
The velocity components are
u (r 0)


21TU r

!) sin 8
1) cos

l'(r, 6) (12:24)

u( I -

;:) r sin 8


u,(r, 8) - U( 1 JJ U ( 1 - -- -

~) cos 8


== - 0"" == r of)

21TU "

u,(r, 8) a

-U( 1 + ;:) sin 8


il (r 0)

, '

== - 0"" == or

U( 1+

- JJ 21TU rl

1) .



The ftow is usually referred to as that over a cin:le. (n two-dimensional How similar nomenclature is generally used.


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Let US look at thf! pressure distribution over the cylinde~. In ~rm~ of the pressure coefficient, the pressure at any point on the cylinder IS !Iven by

e,.( a, ll) .... 1 v


V1(a. 0) Ul


i - - - - - Theoretical


- - M..sured R - 6.7 x 1()5 ~,.. ----- Measured R - 1.9 x 1()5



..l. [1




\\ \ \\ '.\ \\

.. "



! 1

, point, but at the rear of the cylinder the diS!=repancies are considerable. Also notice tha! the experimentaf results vary with the Reynolds number. Tht: cylinder, like the sphere, is a bluff body, and at the Reynolds :lumbers that intere:;t us separation plays a major part in the actual flow over the cylinder. (see Section 1.9). Experimentally, the cylinder experiences a considerable drag. The theory so f)ir developed, therefore, cannot Oe used to predict the actual flow of a fluid past the cylinder. In spite o)f this shortcoming the theoretical solution for the circular cylinder, as obtained above, is of considerable interest to us. It will play an important part, as we shall see, in our analysis of a two-dimensional lifting body, the so-called infinite wing. In light of this consideration it is instructive to note that the theoretica! result of zero_ force on the cylinder is again related to the absence of any circulation around it. This in turn is a consequence of the iact that the potential of the flow field is singlevalued'



12.10 FIo" Past an Arbitrary Cylinder

We now turn to the motion of a uniform stream past a cylinder of arbitrary cross sec~i~n. In' this case we can attempt to represent the tlqw field by the superposition of a uniform stream aod a certain distribution of plane sources alone or doublets alone along the cross-sectional contour of the cylinder. The flow field thus obtained is characterized by a singh:~ valued potential and hence zero drculation. Again. the force on the cylil1Jer turns out to be zero. Because our concern is to d~velop the thl"ory so t'tat it can predict usefUl rl"slllts for the forces on a lifting body, we shat! now have tc l<'oK into ftow~ in which the potential is multivaiucd and the circulation is Ot't zero.
See Smith and Pierce






-3.0 \) 30 60


150 ISO

90 120 (deilrees)

c,-~ '-'-

/I: angle measured from forward

stagnation point

-Fit. 11.11 Pressure distribution over the circular cylinder.

On the cylinder,"r

== 0 and ", == -2U sin 0 and therefore VI == 4U' sin l 0


Hence Eq. (12.33) becomes


I - 4 sinl 0 '

This result is plotted in Fig. 12.11, which also contains measured pressure distributions for two values of the Reynolds number pU~1 JJ, where d is the diameter of the cylinder. As eT.pected, the. theor.etlcal distribution ~s symmetri..:al about the X- andY- axes and gIves fiSC to zero for~ on th~ cylinder. As in the case of the sptlere, the theoretical and experimental res~lts show some agreelll&Rt in the neighbort,ood of the forward stagnatIOn

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Chapter 13

Let ~$' choose the ,center of these CIrcles aa the Origin of coordinates. Then wl,th respect to cylindrical coordinates r, 8 in the plane, tile velocity field is descriQcd by

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v - u,e,


In this chapter we take up the formulation of the theory of lift of a twodimensional lifting body, known as the in.ftnite wing, fixed in a steady flow. For this purpose we first study flows with circulation. <Such flows are called circularory flows. As alreadj pointed oui. circulation is essential for lift. Wewish to emphasize that the theory 4eveloped SO far has no means of telling us whether or riot there will be ,circulation around a body placed in a uniformstream. It is interesting to note that around 1900 when mechanical flight was already realized as possible there was no rational theory to explain and predict the aerodyna.ruc lift obtainable from certain bodies that we call wings. We owe to Lanchester, Kutta, and Joukowski the final recognition of the connection between lift of a wing and the circulatory flow around it. Kutta (1867-1944) and Joukowski (1847-1921) independently laid ~e foundations for a quatttitative theory of lift of an, infinite wing. For a finite (i.t:., a three-dImensional) wing Lanchesier (1878-1946) seems to have been the first to contemplate the connection between lift and circulation. l{owever, he did not develop a practical mathematical theory. This-was done by Pr.andll (1875-1953).

FiK. 13.1 Flow With circular s~: Bow wjth' constant vorticity.

only. In ~rder for this to re!,rtsent a physically possible tJow field it should satisfy the inco'llpressibility (;ondition (5.28), which now takes ~be furm '

au, =

Therefore it f-ollows that in (13.1) ", shoWd be a function of r only, th~t is we have ' Let us take or
V= u~(r)ee
", = Cr
V (13.2)

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Our aim is to seek some two-dimensional flows in which the circulation r = <p V dI is not zero. With this in mind let us suppose that there is some tbw in, which the streamlines are closed' curves. Then the circulation taken around a streamline may not vanish', for the direction of the streamline at every point is the directi9n of the velocity, thus making V dl positive all along that line. This suggests that as an initial step in searching for flOW3 with circulation we should look for flows with closed strearr.lines. As a simple example let us consider a flow in which the streamlines are concentric circles (Fig. 13.1).

(13 3)


, wJlere. Cis a I.:OI!stant, It Ca.l be verif.ed that (\3.3) is compatible with the equatIon of ~otion (5;)1). The circulatIon aruund a srreaJnlinc r = conS'. is



V.dl=J Cr 2 dO=').-;a , T .. 7TLr


We tJhus see that (13.3) represents a physically possible cir(,uldtory ft"'\\i


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We now inquire whether or not thi$ flow is irrotatit'nal. The vorticity at any point in the flow is given by n(r, 0)

= k ~ druo == k! dCr'
'r dr r dr

== 2Ck

a constant

This means the v~locity field (13.3) repre3Cnts a rotational flow wit;1 uniform vorticity. Since vorticity is twice the angular velocity, it follows that the whole fluid is rotating like a rigid body with a constant angular velocity (j) == Ct. The flow repreSented by (13.3) is' accordingly called circulatory flow with constant vorticity or constant rotation. *


13.2 Cil'C:oIatory Flow witltoat Rotation: Vortex "FInw

Since our interest is in irrQtational motion, we now ask whetht:r or not tllere is a ~irclliatory flow where the streamlines are circles but the flow fieid is irrotational. . Such II flow is possible arid' can be determined as follows. Now, the velocity.field has to satisfy both the incompressibility and irrotationality conditions. From the condition of incompressibility we obtain, as before, that V = u,(r)e, The irrotationality condition then becomes

n. == k! d~.! == II


Fig. 13.2 cdJy.


It follows therefcre that if we set

Vortex r1.:> ... : III point vorter; (h) ci<cl:lat!l1g flow arollnd a circl'lar ,,-ylinJer;

ru, = K

a constant




the motion wouid be irrotational cxcep! poss~bly at th~ point r = 0, where the vorticity, a.:cording to (13.5), hecoll!es indetecmir.ate and the vel-.)City, Clccording to (13.6), becomes infinit~ (Fig.' In a moment we shall cl~termine the value of the vorticity at that poict. The circuiation along any ~tf('.amline 1 = con~t. i!: given b}

We thl1S see that the velocity field given by (13.5) represents a circu!atl)ry flew Ih1t is Irrotational everywhere except pos~ibly at r = O. We call this now a cirr.lllatvryjfow lIilhout r(lration. To evaluate the value of the vorticity at the point r = 0 we use the rdatien between vorticity and .:ircul~tion. Aecordi!1g to .his '~e have
(Ql.,o k =: (curl V)"


dl = <t> l(dfl J~tr~le r .J = 271"K a constant .

r =li>


= lim _1


V dl


!'10m .that bra!J:1C of the p~oce of vo~idty everywhere, lhe cir.;:lIl~tlOn (13.41 vark., from smlmh1le LO sln:amlme.

.... here C k IS :l ~i1lJlI dosed curve Iymg in t;,e pl<!ne \ and enclosing the r()~11l r = 0 nnu a ~mall 2rea !lS. Choc~e C~ a!; a str~amline r = ~. Then E'l. (1.3~) bCl.:on,e,
(~L \ . )

= Illn --'.;;-o~S


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where O'is the magnitude of the vorticity and r~ is the circulation around the streamline r ,.. B. Now, from Eq. (13.7) we see that the circulation has the same -C9nstant v.l1lue along allStrtamJjnes. Therefore

The spatial picture of the point vortex i~ a doubly infinite straight line normal to the planes of motion. Such a line is called a vortex line or a vortex filament.

13.3 Circulation as tbe Strr.ogtb of Vortex Flow

r.) 1m ., ( Ur-o- I' constant . . 48"0 dS



We _thus see that t!te-flow represented by (13.6) .is irrotational everywhere eXCept at the point r = 0, where the vortiCity is infinite. It is a circrd4.tory'flow with concentrated 'vorticity. It is genel1illy known as vortex flow. Th" center point of the vortex flow is called the point vortex or simply the vortex. it is customary to refer to the velocity at any point of the y6rtex flow as the .velocity inducetl by the vortex. It mUsi: be und~r stood that this is simply a matter of convenience and does not mean that the vortt:X is actually causing the flow, for they just roexist. Because of its significant properties, vortex flo\\ piays an important part in aerooY<1dmics. Vortex llowcan be used to Tepresent approximately certain flows that can be realized physically. When dbing this, howev~r, we should remember that the flow near th~ vortex point ca'lnot be physically true, for at that point "oth the velocity and the vorticity are infinite. To avoid this difficulty there are two possibilities. One pOssibility is: to arrllJlge the vortex point tQ 1M' a fictitious one lying outside the fluid. Fot instance, the region .r'nclosed by any -oftbe circular sireamlina of the flow can be considered as the cross section ~f a solid. 'In such a ()JlSC the vort.ex lies within the-tJody and thus i~ fictitious. The resulting flow represents irrotational circuJatory motion (lrmma (I Circular cylinder (Fig. 13.2b). Another possibility oocurs when the center of the vortex lies in the fluid. In thi~ east we assume (on the basis of experimental eviderice and the !hoory or_cuIflow) that there is R ~uid core or nucieus surrounding the center orthe flow and that the core rotates approximately like a solid body. Wi~hin the core we have circulatory flow with constant vorticity {see Section Ill) and outside the core we have circulatory flow without rotation. Imide the core ", '" r and outside ", '" llr (Fig. 13.2c). Such a combination is known as an eddy 0': a free vortex or simply a vortex. Th~ central core is called the vortt'x core. The tornado and water spout are examples of such a flow. Also, we ~e shall see later, a lifting body trails b~hind it free vortices.
If al1 eddy <)(;CUR in a ftuid that is otherwise undisturbed, the spatial >eation of the eedy remains unalterro. Hf)wever, if a 'uniform stream is superposed on t, it will move with the strUm. Thus if a vortex is locate(\ at a point in the fluid wherl IIC vel-xity is V, the Vf)rte)t (i.e., the con; and the asso.;ialed vutside circulatorY flow field) will teOld to mov: with t!i.e vdoc~y V. SUCh a vortex is therefore known as a fr~. 'Jor/ex.

Let us now look at some considerations related to the circulation in a vortex flow. Ha~ing alread~ seen that the circulation around every strcamline has the same value, we now seek the circulation arouO(~ an arbitrary circuit. Since the center of the vortex is a singular pomt, It is essential that the Cfnter be excluded from the rest of the flow field. We do this by surrounding the vortcx center with an arbitrary closed curve that may be located as cJ0se as is necessary to the center and agree hot to cross into the region en" closed by the curve. As a consequence the region exterior to the curve is doubly connected. According t() the considerations of Section 9.14 Fla. 13.3 Symbol for we note the following: vortex ofstrength r.


The circulation around any reduclOle circuit not enclosing the vortex center is zero. The circulation around any irredl'cible circuit enclosing the vortex center is not zero. The circulation around every irreducible circuit has the same value. We thus see that the circulation around any closed cume enclosing the center of vortex flow is a constant for the whcJe flow field. It is therefore natural to choose the circulation r as the measure of a vortex flow. It is usual to call r the stre,1gth of the vortex flow or simply the strength of the vortex. We thus speak of a vortex of strength r and represent it diagrammatically as shown in Fig. 13.3. From Eqs. (13.6) and (13./, it follows that t:le velocity ofa vortex flow can be expressed in terms of the circulation by

r e, VCr, () ) = - 271" r


It should be remembered that the sense of th:: circulation r in this equation is that right-band rotation about the Z-axis. that is, of a counterc1ock wise progressIOn along a circuit in the X Y-plane. The value of r needs to ~e sne.:ified.



When ,mg,,:.H111CS :;uc~ a, vc)rtices :::nd sourus ocrur in the fiow it is n-ecess3ry to th{IT1 from the regIOn of interest. In such a case the rest of the region Will be ITIJi!lp\ connected.


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13.4 Stream and Potential Functions (or a Vortex Flow

The :;tref\m and potential iunctions of a vortex flow are related to its velocity field as fo1l9WS: 1 oV' 0<1> - - = - = U =0

according to Eq. (13.11), V',(r, fJ) =


... log


The stream function for the combined flow is therefore given by V'(r, 0)





eV' 1 0<1> - - = - -~ =




= -

:2). f' + 'Pz = U (1:-"1 r sm (J + ~ log(r) \ r .. rr a




Integration of these equations yields

r, ,

tp(r. 0) = - 217" log,.


a constant


<Wr, 0) = ,


0 + a constant



We note that the vortex potential is multivalued.

13.5 Uniform Flow Past a Circular Crlinder with Circulation

Let us consider the superposition of a uniform stream U past a circular cylinder of radius a and a circulatory flow around the cylinder. Such & combined flow plays a basic part; as 'we shall see, in .the analysis of the flow past an infinite wing. It is not suggested here that when a circular cylinder is placec in an originally uniform str~am the resulting steady flow will be such that there is a nonzero circulation around.a circuit enclosing the cylinder. All that we are concerned with at present js to examine the cOllsequences if the flow is one with circulation because mathematically !.uch a flow is admissible. Let us choose tile origin of coordinates at the center of the cylinder and the X-axi!. in the direction of U (Fig. 13.4). We use polar cocrdinates r, O. For the convenience of virm"lization of the dow f..eld, we shall take the sense of the circlIlatQryjlow clockwise and designate the circulation as - r. Note thut ,he value oj l' is not spfcij'ied. The stream functioil for the flow field dUl! to the motion of the uniform stream past the cylinder is given by (12.30).
'l'1(r, 0) =

Fig; 13." Cl)ordi:1ates for How with cin'ulation past a circular cy!inder.

The velocity components of the flow are furnished by



lCl1p (r 0) = - -. r


U(1 - a -

2 )'


2 )

Sin ()


u,(r, 0) = - OVJ --




(a2 1+


2rr r

At the stagnation points both given by the equations


are zero. They are therefore

(I ,
U ( "1

a:)coso =



2 )

sin 0 = -


211" r

1 -

u( i

~)r sin 0

from which we deduce the following results. 1. If r = 0, there are two stagnation points with the coordinates r = a. o = 17" and r = a, (} = O. This result wt: had obtaineJ previously (fig. 2. If r :F 0, the stagnation points should pe locate,] such th,:t sin 0 /\ negati-,'e, that is, !it.s betwe~n rr and 2rr

The !>tream fun(;tion for the circulatory Bow ar0und the cylinder is,

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3. One solution of the equations is


8 ... sin- 1 (


-r )




This :shows that in this case r ~ 4"Ua. Thus if r < ~Ua, there are two stagnation points on the surface of the cylinder, astltown in Fig. 13.Sb. If r = 4.".Ua, the two points coincide and only one stagnation point occurs ~ the cylinder at 8 = 3."./2 (Fig. 13.Se) . 4. All" alternate solution of the equations is given by

.. ...







~ <C




. 2



~ 0..

r == _1_. 4.".U

rr .Jr' - (4.".ua)~J









means r is real only if r ~ 4TrUa. We thus see that if r > 41TUa, there is a stagnation point outside the cylinder such that 8 = 31T/2 and r > a (Fig. 13.5d). will not concern us in our work. We emphasize that the location of the stagnatil)n' points 0." the body depends crucially on the vdlue of the circulation. In the present case they move downward as the circulation increases, The flow field, which is symmetrical with respect to both X- and Y-axes when the circulation is zero, becomes more and 'more unsymmetrical with respect to the X-axis as the value of the circulation i$ increased. We are concerned lhere with the ca8C of r < 4~Ua. The type of flow we are discussing here can be realized with a real viscous imcompres!>ible fluid by rotating a circular cylinder placed in an otherwise uniform stroam.t Pictures obtained experimentally of the flow are shown in Plate II. There is striking similarity between the streamlines determined experimentally and theoretically. Let us now look a! the pressure distribution over the cylinder. It i given by the Bernoulli equ~tion
p(a, 0)

H - ipV2(a, 0)


There is a similar stagr.ation j>Oint inside the' c)linder. but this is irrelevant in our context. If r. a"d '. (corresponding to - and + in the above equation) are the, cocrdinates of the inside and outside points. '.', = a'. t Viscosity is the agency for generating the circu:atory motion ~round the rotat:.lg cylinder. N.otation of a circular cylinder in an inviscid stream has no eITe:!.

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~--!'late H Flow pa~! a rotatil'g r.ylinder; (' is the speed cf the u:ldisturbed uniforrr. Slream, ~ is .he periphC'r<li ~pce<! of the c-flinder. CUllnesy uf PrGfe~~(]f O. q. TidJens J>lati:s 7 !c 9 cf Prr.ndtl 31:d Ti\!tj<!Tl,; (1934). Las, two pictures appear aisu as Fig. V of O. G. 'h~tje:ls: Stromungslehre, Vol. i, Springe.-Vec1ag. 19W.

On the surface of the cylInder " r have

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0 and, therefore, using Eq. (U.15), we

VI(a, 6) - u"a,O)

. 4U SIDI 8

l + 4.,,1 -1 + -- :..0 q -r a 2Ur. ."a


pre.venting separation and eddy formation; that is, as a device:. for the 50called boundary layer control, has been the object of several experimental investigations. For some details consult, for example, Goldstein (1933) where other. references may be found. 13.6 Flow with CircUlation

Arbitrary Cylinder The concept of steady flow with Circulation can be extended to the flow past a cylindec of arbitrary cross-sectional shape. The eAtension is based on the definitien of circulatien . .If for the flow past an arbitrary cylinder we require that the circulation around a circuit enciosing.the cylinder be net zero we speak. of the flow as one with circulation . .It is of cour.~e not implied that if a cylinder of arbitrary cross-sectional shape is placed in an originally uniform stream the resulting steady flow will be one with circulation. Whether it is so er net"is a matter forindependeru censideration. We recall that mathematically the regien. exterior to a cylinder is a deubly connected regien, and consequently the solution for the flew past the cylinder, given the shape of the cylinder contour and the free stream velocity at infinity, is not unique until the circulation is speci.fied (see Section 9.18). . Since complex irrotational flows satisfying certain prescribed conditions can be .built lip by superposing several simpler Hows, we may regard the flow with circulation past an arbitrary cylinder as the result of superpesitien ef two flows: (1) a flow with zero circulation past the cylinder and, (2) a purely circulatory motion about the given cylinder. The latter flow may be theught of as resulting from a continueus distributien of vortices along the contour of the cylinder. It can be' verifieJ that the fluid velocity in such a flow at any point of the body contour is tangential ta the contour and that the velocity will vanish at infinity. Furthermere. it can be shown that the velocity is finite on th~ centeur if th:!re are no discon.inuities in the slepe of the centour. At points where the slope is discentinueus the velocity will beceme infinite .. Some ef these features are considered again in Sections 17.7 and 17.d where the disturbance fieid due to. an airfeil in an originally uniform stream is represented as resulting from a centinuous distribution ef vertices en the airfoil surface. 13.7 Kutta-Joukowski 1beorem aDd the Problem of the Circulation 1beory of Lift

The pressu~ .on the cylioderis then obtained by 'substituting (13.17) into the Bernoulh equatiOL. The pressure distributiop is syrnm~.ncaJ with mpcct to the Y-axis but unsy~metrical with respect t~ tile X-axis. This means that tbe cylinder experIences a nonzero force io the Y-clirection but a zero force in the Xdirection, that is, there is a lift but no drag on the cylinder. The lift L per unit length of tbe cylinder i~ obtained readily by integratmg the Y_ c:ompenents of the pressure forces over a unit length of the cylinder. Thus

L ==

raw -")0 p sin 6 a dO


P =-a


. u,l(a, 0) sin 0 dO

this for u.1 from Eq. (13.17) and integrating we ebtain


= pur .


This is a significant result in that for the first time we have a nenzero fo~ce on a body. Further, it emphasizes the crucial importance of circulatIOn areund a body as an, agency of lift on the body. The eccurrence o~ lift on the cylinder can be explained in a simple manner: With 1l~ clrculatien, the flow over the cylinder in a uniform stream .IS sy~metncal and the velocities above and below are equal. If a clockWIse CJfc~lato~ flow is now superposed (Fig. 13.5b) the velocity above the cylinder Increases, whereas the' velocity belew it decreases. Cen~t"quently. accerding to Bernoulli's theorem. above the cylincel there IS a lew pressure (so-called "suction"), whereas below it there is a high pressure. This results. in a :lift ,en the cylinder. This simpl:: physical picture of the cennectlOn bi=tween circulation and lift in the case ef the cylinder was. first given. by Rayleigh. It is interesting to. kD~W that Rayleigh. gave thiS exp!anatlOn to account for the irregular flight of a spinning tennt~ ball. He did net, however, explaif! the origin ef the circulatjrm. ,The lift.:xpcrienccd by retating bodies (e.g., sphere~' lind cylinder~) is usually known as the Magnus effect. The use of the rotating cylinder as a lifting device and as a device fer

We consider again the steady flow with circulatien past an arbitrary cylinder. Cheese Cartesians with the X-axis in the d:rection of the free stream U. The circulatien around the cylinder, as shown. is taken in the cleckwise directien. As !'hown in Sectien 11.15 tt.e ferce on the cylir,der, per unit span. is given by (13.19) F = pUrj


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= pur

where I' is the value of the ~irculation, j the dlrectioll of the Y-axis, and L the lift. This result, know/). as t.he Kutta-Joukowski theorem, statts ihat if there is a circulation of magnitude r ar?una' the cylinder and if the un disturbed velocity at infinity is of magniiude U, then a lift exis's, the magnitude of which is pur per unit span. Kutta (1902) and jc'ukowski (1906), independently of each other, arrived at this result. Since the circulation r is not known, this theorem does lIot permit an immediate c!etermination of the lift on the cylinder. It, however. furnishes the foundation for the theory of lift. It shows that such a theory mu::t rest on the pOSSibility of a finite circulation existing around a lifting cylinder and on the possibility of predicting theoretically the vr.lue of that circulation, gil'en th.e shape vf the contour of the cylinder and the free-"'itream velocity. To develop the theory of lift we need to consider: I, the circumstances under which the :;teac!y flow past an infinite cylinder is a flew with nonzero circulation, 2. the cri terion that determines the vaiue of the ;::ircuiation when it exists, 3, the physical basis for the existence of a steady flow with circulation past a cylinder when sUl'h a flow exists.

the airfoil shape and the free stream are given. Theoretic~lIy, on the basis of the mathematical considerations given so far, a solutIOn for t.he flow field past tht. airfoil can be dbtaine~ for an~ value of the ClJ'c.ulatlo~ an~ thus the solution is not unique untIl a deflmte valo~ of the circulation IS specified. The theoretical flow pattern for three different vc:lues of the circulation is shown in Fig. 13.6.



Airfoils, Circulation, and the Kulla CODditk'n


From experimental observ~tions it had been known, from the '"ery beginning 01 flit;ht, that onZv certain bodies that have a rroftft with a sharp (i,e" point<:d) trailing l'dge are suitahle as lifting bodies or wings, Only wings with a sharp trailing edge appea:- to have well-Jefined lif: or: them. We can describe a wing roughly as a flat or slightly cambered plate, symmetric with respect to a metiian plane. The thickness of the wing is much smaller than its other dimensions. The cross sections of the wing in planes paralld to the median plane are called air/Oil p.ofiles or simply profiles, A picture of such a profile was shown already in Chapter I. For sometime our concern will he solely wit~ a wing that is an infinite cylillder of invariable pwfile, The geometry of such an infinitl! wing is completely determined by the shapl! or the airfoil profile. For this reason we shall refer to the infinite wing as the airfoil (Fig. 1.10), On the basis of the ~arJy remarh in the preceding paragraph it is natural to expect that only the steady flow past an airfoil.will be a flew with welldefined circulation. This expectation is well born out bye)(periment. Now we face the question of how to determi'1e the circulation al'Ound the dirfc)l!, givcn its shape and the free-stream velocity. Experiment som.. s that n",e :low past the airfoil and the lift on it ale uniquely delerminl!d once

retical flow pattern for flow with circulation past an airfoil. Fig. 13.6 Theo

The theoretical considef'ltions given So far~ w~ emp~asize, do nGt he.lp if the particular value of the well-defined circulatIOn that mu~t eXist i~/steady flow past an airfo~1. To be a~le to specify th~ clrc~I"tlOn ~e bring in additional consideratIOns. ConSider the flo'v ~. an ,deal flUid 7) past a corner ( see F 'lg . 13 . , It can be verified (by solVing, for the flow field by the me~hvd of separation of variable's) that the velOCity of the flow in the neighborhood ot the (;orner may be described by 'I

u, -., r( r-a)/a sin rrO


U '.-- r(r-a )la r

'iTO cos at

where rand () are polar coordinates with the origin at the corner (see (llso


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Section 15.2). We see that at the corner if 0: that is when ttow is inside a corner, and
u,-+ 00

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u,- 0


if. 0:

that is when flow is outsidt: a corner.

---- --..:

Kutta (1902) and independently bV Joukowski (1906). It is usually known as the Kutra condition. This theoretical condition has been found to agree completely with experimental observations (Section 13.9). It follows that when an airfoil is set mto uniform motion through a fluid such as air or water, a circulatory flow around the airfoil must somehow come about. We shall describe briefly this aspect of the generation of circulation in the next seCtion. The addition of the Kutta. condition to oOr considerations completes the fram~ork necessary for an adequate ideaJ-ftuid theory of the lift on an airfoil in steady flow. The resulting theory is known as the drcu/acion theory of lift. The recogniti,on of the crucial role of circulation in the generation of lift and the determination of a unique value of the circulation by means of the Kutta condition are land marks in the development of modern aerodynamics. Recall the opening remarks of this chapter 13.9 ".lIe Generation of, Circulation It remains to describe the physical basis of the preceding considerations .. For this purpose we examine 1he sequence of events that are observed experimentally when an airfoil is set into uniform motion from rest through a real fluid such as air or water. T.he flow pattern at the first instant of motion, as it appears from a body-fixed reference frame, is as shown in Fig. 13.80. The flow is actually like the flow without circulation of an ideal fluid. Thus at the fira instant of motion the real fluid goes around the sharp trailing edge with a very high velocity. Owing to the action of the viscosity of the ftuid (no matter how small the viscosity) such a motion cannot, however, continue; soon a surface of discontinuity (i.e., a vortex sheet) emanates from the edge and a vortex. begins 10 form near the edge. Such a vortex is known as the starting vortex. As the airfoil proceeds in its motion the starting vortex grows rapidly in intensity while the extent of the vortex sheet increases (Fig. U.Sb). As a reaction to the generation and development of thestilrling vortex, which is a rotation of a part of the fluid, a rotation in a sense opposite to tlttt of the starting vortex is created in the rest of the fluid. In particular this rea~tion appears as a circulatory ftow of the fluid around the airfoil. The growth of the Circulatory flow follows that of the vortex .. The growing cir~ulatory flow modifies continuously, as shown in Fig. L1.8. the flow pattern around the airfoil. As the airfoil proceeds, the strength'ofthe starting vortex and that of the circulation around the airfoil grow simulta~eously until the flow field around the airfoil is such that the ftuid flows off smoothly from the traiting edge as shown i, Fig~ 13.Se. The full development of the starting vortex and of the circulation around the airfoil takes place quite quickly (usually

Fia.13.7 Flow past a comer

,~~cu atlOn r there WIll be in general flow around the trailing edge from one SI e to the oth~r and in all such cases the ('eloeily at th~ edge (which is a
ve OClty at thai edge; in such a case the flow will wat'e the trailin~ edf7e ' 0


N~w .we

return to. the flow past the airfoil. For arbitrary ('alues of the

hOte~et, there will be no flow around the trailingedge and hence no infillit;

sharp corner WIth


> .,,)

will be infinite. For one particular ('alue of r


et u~ ar~und an Dlrfotl be of a strength just sufficient to make the flow leave the aufin/ smoothly at the trailing edge. This condition was put forth by

This o?serva~ionmay be made the basis for determining a unique value fO,r the clrcu~atlOn 10 t?e ftow past an airfoil and consequently for determInIng a umque ~ol~tlOn for that flow. We require that the circulation


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in about the time. i~ takes for the airfoil to move its own chord length). When such a conditIOn h3.s been reached and the-airfoil has been in motion fcr a sufficiently long time the starting vortex is left way behind the airfoil. It has then !>ractically no influenCe on the flow around the airfoil. Whenever the condition of smooth flow at the trailing edge is disturl:ied, say by a

results when the airfoil is first accelerated from rest and then immediately . stopped.. We thus see that the experimental obser ..ations amply ro!'port the essential features of the circulation theory of lift described in the preceding section. Furthermore, as we shall see in the later chapters, tht: lift calculated by means of this theory is in fair agreement with experimental observations. We ::an now see, in light of the considerations given in this section, why the exist:nce of circulation around a body or the lack of it C<Juld not be dccidc.d solely on the concept of an ideal ftuid. The generation of circulation,depends entirely on the'nature of the viscous flow of a ~cal ft~id past certain bodies: Once the role ofvi9COsity in generating the clrculahon has been recognized, we to the idea of an inviscid fluid and take into account the role of viscosity by assuming that a well"'<1efined circulation exists around the airfoil and that it is determined by the KlItta condition.

13.10 Matbttnatical Problem

We conclude thi!; chapter yrith a statement of the matheptatical problem for the circulation theory of lift. In terms of the ~elocity pOtential CI> the problem is to determine CI> as the solution of the equation

VICll = 0
in the region exterior to the airfoil such that

grad $ . D = 0
grad CI> - U

on the surface of the airfoil at infinity



and the circulation r satisfies the Kutta condition. In terms of the stream function", the problem is to determine V' as the solution of the equati<.'n

FiR 13.8 Developme!lt of flow pattern, as shown by experiment, around an airfoil: (a) Flow at the first instant of motion; (b) Flow a little later showing the growth of the starting vortex; ~c) Flow afterwards when t.he growth of the slarting vortex and the associaled circulation the airfoil is complete so Ihat the flow leav~ the trailing edge smoothly.

in the rcgion 'cxterior to the airfoil such that 'I:' .. a constant o~ the airfoil surface, the spatial derivatives of tpapproech the correspondlDg components 'of U at inficity, and r sa~fies the Kutta condition. The Kutta condition may be eJt}'ressed in a more e).plicit form. If the trailillg edge ~/e is/nite, as s.hown in Fig. 13.9a, the velocity at the trailing edge musf be zero; otherwise a t'e/ocity discontinuity, which cannot be permitted, will result at the edge. That a velocity discontinuity cannot be allowed is seen as follow~. A velocity discontinuity, which can be only a tangential discontinuity, requires that the component of t~e veloc!ty ilormal to the discontinuity must be continuous through the dlscontmulty

Change in the speed of the airfoil or in its angle of attack, a new starting vortex is formed, and a new value of the circulation is established such as to restore smooth flow at the trailing edge. PhotograPhs of the consecutive stages of flow around an airfoil starting from rest are shown in Plate 12. Plate 13 shows the flow as viewed from a space-fixed reference frame. Picture 130 refers to the situation soon after tht: formation of the starting vortex. Piuure 13b refers to the situation that


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Plate 12 Consecutive stages of flow past an airfoil starting from rest. Courtesy of Piofesso~ o. G. rietjens. Plates 17 and 18 of Prandtl and Tietjens (1934).

Plate 12 (Continued)


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Circulation and Lift for an Infinite Wing in Steady Flow 7). Now at the trailing edge tho velocity C?n the upper_slae of .moil is parallel to tMt side whereas the velocity on the lowl:!' side IS pataller to the lower side (Fig. 13.90). This means, if the velocities are finite; the components normaJ to the ,discontinuity that' must emanate, tromthe trailing edse In, that f?ISC wilJ not be continuous. We conclu~e that the velocities on either side of the airfoil at the trailing edge must be -zero;' ill other wotdla trailmg ~~ with a fortt~ ang/~ must be a,&tapation point. Considtr now a taped ~g edge ..OJ shown iri Fig. 1l.9b. Now the vClocities on either side of the ~rfoil at theedgiare in the same direction,
th~ ~ ~pter


JlI&. 13.' Shape of trailing edge: (a) trailing edge with a finite
u.iling edge.

arigle~ (b) cusped

and according to the Kutta condition we may expect that all that is

necessary is for these velocities to be finite. As cab be readily shown the magnitudes of the velocities must be the same; If their magnitudes are not
the same a discontinuity 'must be assumed to emanate from the edge. Then. because the pressure must be continuous across the-disc0.ntinuity, we should have. according to Bernoulli's relation. at the trailinsi edge

P+ + fu +'-.,.p0 =p- +fu' 2 2where P 4enotes the pressure. II the velocity, Po the sugnation pressure. and the plus and minus subscripts denote respectively the: upper and lower sides of tbt airfoil. Since p+ is equal to p_, it follows that the velocities on Cither side must have the same magnituae. We c;onc1ude that a cuspet1 trailing edg~ Med not be a stagnatio" poi"t, but at such an edge the [)('!OCity mwt be fi"ite and have the same magnitude 011 eIther side of the airfait. From the preceding considerations it follows that there cannot be a sulface of discontinuity (i.e . a vortex sheet) emanating from [he trolling edge of an airfoil in steady flow whether the trailing edge angle is finite or zero. Note that this result does not hold for an airfoil in unsteady mOtion or for a finite wing in steady flow. We return to consider the mathematical problem for determining the steady flow past an airfoil. As has been pointed out before. it is in general

Plate 13 Flow past an airfoil as viev.ed from a space-fixed reference _frame, (0) !mmediatcly after starting the airfoil. Note the starting vortex and the formation'of the circulatory flow over the. airf"jL (b) Situation when the airfoil \Vas stopped after tIJe formation of th~ starting vortex, Note the "stopping" ..ortex and the decay of the circulatory flow_ The starting vortex had been detached, Courtesy of Profes.w( 0_ G. 1 ietjens_ Plate 22 of !'I'PIi:ltJ and Tietjcns (1934)_

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not possible to obtain in a direct manner an exact solution of the problem for an arbitruy allioil. Approximate c\o,ed form solutions may, however. be constructed for the thin airfoil by the method of superpositIOn of ~imple singular solutions. This method is described in Chapter 17. In constructing the solution for the airfoll problem we are concerned with solving Laplace's equation in a plane. given seme auxiliary conditions on an arbitrary contour in the plane. Difficulties arise when the contour is not a simple one such as a circle or an ellipse. In view of this we may introduce in the plane a new set of coordinal~s in terms of which the contour may be represented as a simple [oml and attempt to solve the problem in terms of the new coordinc.tes. In gerieral, however, when a transformation of coordinates is employed the Jorm of the governing equation for the problem will also change unles, the transformation satisfies certain conditioils. Let us consider this matter in a little more detail. In Cartesians we are to seek the solution of the equation

(~~J + (~~r == (~~J + (~:IJ ~ 0

O'ql oiA olq, ax'

olQl _ 0 oy' oy"

+ o'ql ... 0

~ oql +~ql oq == 0 ox ax oyog

It can be shown that the transformation (13.21) which satisfies the above four conditions is given by a relation of the form

where f(x, y) either the velocity potential or the stream functIOn. For the reasons outlined above, let us introduce a ,JIew set of coordinates ql and q. such that ql = ql(X, y)

where i and h denotes an arbitrary function of the definite fUDction (x + iy). As is known,. (:t + iy) and (ql + iql) are complex variables. We thus conclude that the transformation of C()ordinates we are seeking must. be affected by' means of the functio!lS' of a complex vatiable. We are thus naturally led to the study of the functions of a complex variable and of their use in analyzing the two-dimension~ irrotational motion of an ideal fluid. We now tum to thissLudy.


q. = q.(x, y)


Let g(qlt q.) correspond to f(x, y). It may be verified that (13.20) then takes the form


If we desire that this equation reduce t.> Laplace's equation in ql and qt, that is,

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function 'P, the velocity components u and :11, any new independent coordinatts ql' q. which may be employed to relate the potential problem connected with a complex geometry to that connected with a simple geometry. To investigate the general solution of (14.1) we introduce new independent variables E(%, y) and 'J{%, y), which will reduce the equati.on to a form that may be integrated readily. It is found, as lIlay be verified. that if we choose

i(%, y) - %+ N y

,,(%, y) - %- ~y
Eq. (14.1) reduces to
In this chapter we shall acquaint (\urselves with the elements of the theory of the functions of a complex variable. We introduce the complex variable through .the general solution of Laplace's "'Iuation in two dimensions. Finding the solutions of Laplace's equation is the essence of our problem no matter how we wish to attack it. Following the introduction of the complex variable, we study the differential and integral calculus of an analytic fwrction of a complex variable. A differentiable function is an analytic function. We shall find that the properties -exhibited by the so- called real and imaginary parts of an analytic funytion are identical with those exhibited by the potential functions ofa two-dimensional potential motion of an ideal fluid. Furthermore, analytic functions provide us with the type of transformation of independent variables we were inquiring about in the last chapter. In the next chapter we shall apply the resultswe obtain here to the problem of two-dimensional potential motion. The theory of functions of a complex variable is an elegant. and rigorous study. Our main concern here is with the role of this theory in twodimensiomll potential motion, and as such we must coptent ourselves in presenting the elements of the theory with only the necessary rigor. The reader should bear this in mind and should refer to the works cited at the end of this book to app;ei:iate the full beauty and scope of the theory. 14.1 Geaenl Solution of Laplace's Equation in Two Dimeaslons: IntrodadloD of ibe Complex Variable ,I o'g olg Vg=-+-=O where


~i .. 0


g(E, '1) - g[%(E, '1), y(,E, '1)]

The functions %(E, '1) and y(~, '1) are simply the inverses of the transformation relations (14.2). Equatio~ (14.3) readily integrates to

gtE, '1)


+ !..(r,)
Eand 1].
(14.4) .

where };(E) and 1.(1]) are any arbitrary functions of the variables It therefore follows that
g(i, y)

= h(%

+ .f-Iy) + f.(% -

whereh andf. are arbitrary functions of the single variables (% + N y ) and (% - ~y); respectively. These variables are, however, d~nite independent func1ionsof % and y. The functions h and/. are entirely arbitrary except for the obvious requirement that h. should possess the first and ~nd derivatives with respec! to its own argument (% + Ny) and that f. should possess the first and .second derivatives with respect to its own argument (% - N~).

Let g(%, y) be any function governed by the equation

oy2 With reference to two-dimensional irrotational motion, g(x, y) may represent anyone of the quantities: the velocity potential <I>,.the stream



If a.significant meaning can be attached to the entity the single y ) and (% - ~y) may be Interpreted as simple variables (% + combinations of a pair of real variables or numbers. Then a whole class of functions of the variabl~ (% + N y ) and (% - -ly) be~ome ./ available for constructing solutions of Laplace's equation. Square roots of negative numbers made their appearance early in mathematical pursuits, and a system of analysis involving such quantities has been developed extensivelyt The entity .../ -I is cal1 the imaginary unit and is usually .ed



fa and /1 should be such that together they yield a function g(z. 1/), whkh, being a physical q~tity. should not involve V - 1. t They arose Il!' early as the Middle Ages when mathematicians soupt a general solution of quadratic: equations.


Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics denoted by the letter i. A combination of the type x + iy is known as a complex or imaginary number. If x and yare variable, the single variable :r: + iy is said to be a complex variable. A function of the wtriable x + iy is known as a function of a complex variable or simply a complex function. The other independent combination x - iy is known as the complex conjugate ofz + iy. In the same way, x + iy is the complex conjugate of x - iy. We thus see that in seeking the solutions of Laplace's equation in two dimenl.ions we are naturally led to a study, of the theory of functions of the type f(x + iy) and F(x - iy). We shall now go into some of the details of this theory. The theory is developed around the variable x + iii The role ofth~ conjugate x - iy and its functions will become apparent during the study of the functions of the variable x + iy. 14.1 Nomeadature and ~ebra or Complex Numbers We introduce the imaginary unit i through the relation

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+ ib) = (c + id)

where c + id # O. Two complex numbers

+ ib)(c - id) (c + id)(e - id) (ae + bd) . be - ad + 1---el + ~ (.1 + d'




+ 'ib and c + id are equal only when





14.3 Geometric Interpretation Every complex number a + ib represents an ordered pair of real numbers (a, b). The order of a number in the pair denotes whether it is the real or imaginary part of the complex number. Now, every ordered pair of real numbers represents a point in a plane. This means complex numbers may be represented geomt!'trica/ly by paints in a plane. For complex number there corresponds only a single point in tho plane, and, ~onversely, for each point there corresponds a single complex number. Let us set up a Cartesian system of axes to mark out points in a plane or, equivalently, to represent a system of complex numbers. Complex numbers that have only real parts are represented by number pairs of the form (a, 0) and lie on one of the axes. Such an axis is called the real axis. Complex numbers that have only imaginary parts are represented by number pairs of the form (0, b) and lie on the other axis, which is called the imaginary axis. An arbitrary complex number % represented by a number pair (a, b)is then given by a point whose coordinates with respect to the real and imaginary axes are, respe~tivel)', a and b. A plane, the points of which represent a system of complex numbers. is known as :l plane of complex numbers or simply a complex plane.t It is usual to denote the real axis by X, the imaginary axis by Y, and an arbitrary complex number % by the number pair (x, y). Since a number pair (x, y) uniquely specifies a vector in a plane, a complex numb~r may also be interpreted as a vector in a plane. Thus a complex number z = (x + iy), an ordered pair of real Rumbers (x, y), a point in a plane, a vector in a plane are ;]H equivalent. We may thus alternately denote a complex number by % = (x, y) (14.11)
* Inst\!ad of introducing the imaginary unit i we may define a cornpk'x numo-:r a~ an ordered pair of real numbers and develop the algebra of complex numbers a~ the alg\!bra of ordered pairs of real numOer~. See for instance, Konrad Knopp (!952), t The names Argand plane and Gaussian number plane are also used.




and define a complex number as any combination of the form


+ ib

where a and b are real numbers. A complex numblW thus represents a pair of real numbers We denote a complex number by a single letter, say z, and wflte


The real numbers a and b are known. respectively, as the real and imagiMry parts of a co~plex numbe.- z and are denoted by
a = Rez


b= Imz
The c~mpJex number II - ib is ealled the .conjugate of the number z = a + ib and is denoted' by the symbol The algebraic operations of addition, multiplication, and division for complex numbers are defined in the same manner as for real numbers. Thus, recalling (14.5), we have Addition and subtraction



+ ib) (c + ld) == (0 c) + i(b tf) + ib)(c + id) == (ae

- he/)


Multiplication (a

+ i(ad +


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. The magnitude of the vector that repu;lICOls a complex number % is known as the JIlodulus magnitude or a~solute value of the number .:: and is denoted by 1%1. Since %is the number z + iy, ,ve hue




../zi + yI


The angle between the real axis and the vectof% is known as the argument of %and denoted by (14.13)

. The al~br~ o~rations on complex numbers ha.'C simple geometrical lDterpretations. It IS~ seen that ~~ty and addition compJex numbers. corresponds to equality and addition of v~ors in a plane. Multiplication of complex numbers may also be pen geometric meaning. but this we shall do later. Just ~ for vl=Ctors. the question of whether one complex number- is greater or less than another does not arise. All we can say is that the complex numbers are either equal or not equal. Of course, we tan always compare the magnitudes of tile cumplex numbers.


1nwaNr) ail

14.4 Polar and EIpoaeodal Forms of a Complex Number

In polar coordi~ates, a point or ~ position vector in the plane is indicated by the number pair (r, 6), where r IS the length of the position vector while

I -o+i6




z. ~r, I)



Fta14.2 Polar fonns of a complex number and Its conjugate. Complex plane.

ogives it!: direction (see Fig. 14.~. Thus in polar coordinates a complex nUr:Jbet z may be represented by the number pair (r, 0) and denoted as
z = (r, 0)

This 'sbowsthai the argument of any given compleT. number is' only
determined to within an added multiple. of 21T. In o.ther words, the arg % is multivalued, with any two su~ive values differing by 21T. The value of the argument corresponding to the range 0 and 21T (or 1T and -1T) is usuaUy known as its principal value. The conjugate i == z - iy has the following properties (see Fig( 14.1) then have



= r


arg z = 0

Iii == Izl
and arg %~ .. .,..arg %

(14.14) (14.15)

Tit"" ~ is the reftection' of the point % in the real axis (see Fig. 14.1).
Sometimes also known u the amplitude of z.

For any, given z: r h~s a definite single positive value, while 0, as pointed out earher, h,as infinItely many values that differ by multiples of 21T. If ~e conSider the complex number z ill its Cartesian form :r + iy and. substitute x = r cos 8, y = r SID () we obtain Z :': r( co<; f) + i sin 0) (14.19)

Ideal-Fluid Aerodynamics This is known as the polar form of the complex number z. The expression (cos 0 + i sin 0) is a complex number whose magnitude is unity and lrgument is O. It is simply a unit vector in the direction of the complex number z.* Differentiating the expression (cos 0 + i sin 0) with respect to 0, we obtain d( cos 0 + i sin 0) == i dO cos 0 + i sin 0 This integrates to i (J4.20) (cos 0 + i sin 0) == e ' This relation is generally referred to as Euler's formula. Using Eqs. (14.19) and (14.20) we may express a complex number z as

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Illustrating the product of complex numbers

This is known as the exponential form of a complex number. Putting together the several forms of z we hav~ z = rei' and

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( 14.22) (14.23) (14.24)


r(cos 0

+ i sin 0) == x + iy + y2
Y x

Izl == r = J Xl
arg Z'= O = tan .

if for each value of a complex variable z a new complex number' is generated by some rule, we say tl1at is a function of the compleX variable z and write , = ,(z)

All the different forms of the complex number are found useful in applications. The form that is more suitable depends entirely on the problem on hand. Using the exponential form, we see that the product of two complex numbers %1 = r1ei and Z2 = r2ei ' . is given by

= r1 r.e i (8,+h)

(Other notations such as ,. = f(z) or F(z) may also be employed.) Thus the notion of a complex function is exactly the same as that of ~ realfunctiori. If a single value of , corresponds to each value of z, we say' = '(z) is a single-mlued function; if more than one value of , is produced for each z, we say {(z) is a multiple-valued function. Expressing the complex numbers' and z in terms of their (eal and imaginary parts , = (~, 1/) = (~ + i1/)
z = (x, y)

that is, and

1%1%21 = r1r2 = IZ11 1%21


arg 1%1Z21

= 01 T

O 2

= arg Z1 + arg %2

We notice that multiplication of any complex number z by a number of the !urm ei'l', where (p" is real, is equivalent to rotating the vector representing %. through an angle rp in the complex plane (Fig. 14.3). This lends gl..omel ;al meaning to the product of complex numbers. Using the exponential form we obtain the result that (14.26) (cos 0 i sin o)n = (cos nO + i sin nO)

we interpret the function ,(z) as equivalent to defining two real numbers (~, 1/) for each value of a pair of rral variables (x, y). 'We thus


== (x + iy)

~ ~ ~(x, y)

1/ = 1/(x, y) and
,(z) =


+ i"1(x, y)

This is known as De Moivre's theorem.

Recall that any veak>r may be represented as a magnitude times a unit vector.

where ;(x, y) and t](r;-y) are called the real and imaginary parts of the complex function ,. In this form the complex function' = ,(z) is simply a combination of a pair of real functions of two real variables. We will


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find this in.terprctation of a compl~x funcqon sometimes useful. Generally, ho',vever, important information ,~ults ~y using theunseparated form where a function {(z) is exhibited in terms of the single comolex variable z.

1".6 Aaalytic F1mctioa

Of all the functions of a C<Jmplex variable, the ones. that are of interest

Points of the complex domain z, where the function ,(z) is, ani called regular poifJ/S of the function. Points where the function is not analytic are called singular point.! of the function. The rules fOl differentiation of analytic functions are formally the same as for real functions. The proof may be carried out in exact analo&jl. Thus we have the following simple results:

in our applications (ar. in alL physical sciences) are thoSe that are differentiable. Such functions are called analytic functionS. For a compl~x function the concep~ of calculus, such as dffferentiability, continuity, alld limit, are f -maUy the same as for a function of a,real variable. Differentiability of a CQIIlplex function ~plie3 its continuity and guarantees, as shall be seen late. that the flmction may be repeatedly diffe~ntiated or integrated any number of times. We shall concern ourselvt:S with the details ofJonly the condition. of differentiability: A complex function' = ,(z) is sai4~o bedifferentia\>leat a point z if as %1 approacltes z the limit


~ (f(%) + g(%)] == 1'(%) + g'(%)

~[f(%)g(%)J = f'(z)g(%) + f(z)g'(%)

if g(z) yI: O. If ~(z) is an analytic functiCJn, and if wW is another analytic function, the function ~en by g(z) = "1'(z)] is arso analytic, for we have dg{;:) dw d, --=-dz d{ dr Thus an analytic functio., of an analytic jultCtion is analytic. From these various rule .. one may be able to obtain a wide class (If analytic from a few basic analytic functions., Later we shall consider some examples of :o:uch functions.

~[f(z)l = 1'(1.) g(%) - fez) ,'(z) dz g(z~ g(zt

lim {(zJ - {(%) '1'" Zt - % exists. If it is possibleito construct this limit, we ~ it the derivative of the function {(z) at the point z and denote it by d'itk.or {'(z). Thus we writo
d{ ii5 {'(z)

= lim {(Zt) ~ {(z)




or, putti:lg {(Zt) - ,(z) '"'" ~t and,zl - ~ - ~,


= lim ~{


14.7 Cau<:by-Riemana Conditions

The cond.ition for the differentiability of a (;omp}ex function implit! important conditions on its real and imaginarj parts. Since a complex function ,(z) = ~ + iTJ is no more than a pair of real functions, ~(:r, y) and TJ(;r, y), it i<; natural to suppose that tht complex functior. is differentiable if ~ and 7] are differentiable. This. however, is not true. The differentiability of ~(x, y) and 1](r.,) does nC!t in itself ilnply the differentiability of the function {(z) = ~ + itl. For example, as ~an be readily verified. the simple ftlnction ,(z) = 2x + 6yi is not differentiable although ~ and 1] are. Besides differentJaL:ity, the real and imaginary parts of an ar.alytic function mllst fulfill other important conuitions, which we shaH now obtain. Consider the function


This-idea of differentiability and derivative fOT a complex function il' the same as that for a function of a real variable. There is, however, an important distinction that we should bear in mind. Since %1 and are complex numbers or, equivaiently, points of a plane, there are infinitely many directions or paths along which ~, that is, the point ~" mavlbe chosen. Under such circumstances we should state that for a complex function { = ,(z) to be dtJferentiable at a point z, the limit: lim ~"6.z, or, eq:.tiv-


alently, the derivative d'ldz should assume the s4me value no matter from what direction ~ approaches zero. This, then, is precisely the cont/.ition for a complex function to be analytiC. Such a requirement does not arise explicitly in case of a function of a real variable, for all values of a real variable lie on a single straight line.
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~(x. y)


~z = ~x :::..~

+ 11)(X. y) + I:::"y
-tI _\/]

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we express the. derivative.of

(d.c+;411l ~o

Ii' =

4,~.O Az

Jim ~C ""


Ax. + 'i li~l

+ i ~f}

Of the infinitely many directions along. which ~z = ~.:+.i Ay may be taken, we choose specifically the two directiOMcorresponciing to Azt = !l:e and LUI = {~y, that is, parallel to the x- and y-axes, respectively (Fig. 14.4). For the derivative along Az1. we have

Now, it is natural to expect that similar additional conditions might be to establish that the derivative d~/d: will actually assume a single definite value irrespectiVt: of the direction from which ~z approaches zero. This. however. is not the case, for it can be shown that the Cauchy-Riemann equations are suJjicient to ensure this independence of the derivative. We thus conclude that the real and imaginary parts of an analytic function are a

pair of real junctions that, besides "eing differentiable, satisfy the CauchyRiemann conditions. 14.8 Some Consequences of Cauchy-Riemann Equations

We shall now consider some significant results that follow directly from the Cauchy-Riemann conditions. 1. If the real and imaginary parts of a function of a complex variable satisfy the CaUChy-Riemann equations, the co'mplex function is an analytic function. 2. From Eqs. (14.32) we obtain


S\milarly, we have

Fig. 14.4 IlIustr:ating the computation of the derivative of a complex function.

= -2 -= +
ox oy2


02 17


For the derivative along LU, we have

(~).= lim A~ + ,dz



~f} == ~ oe + ~




It follows, therefore, thin jf the derivative of , has to assume the same value from both these directions, we should require that


oe + i ~~ ~ + ! oe ox o~ 01/ i Oy

ThiS ,hows that both the real and imagInary parts of an analytic function satl~fy Laplllcc's equation. They both are thus harmonic functions. J. The real and Imaginary parts are, howe\er, not independent harmonic functIOns. For, If the real part ;(x, y) is specified, the Cauchy-Riemann equations determine the imaginary part I,(X. y) to within an arbitrary addiu\e Clln,tant. In this,ense the real and imaginary parts of an analytic functi,'n 3re \;lId to be conjugate h;Jrmonic junctions. 4. C,llNdcr the tWll famIlies of cunes in the x-y plane described by the t'ulictioilS E(x, y) = canst.

ThisequatiOQ redUces to the following pair of partial differential equations. which are known as Ca.uchy-Riemann conditions;






where': 3nd " are the p:al and imaginar~ rart~ of an allah tiC functIOn. The angle of Inlcr,c<:lIon hetween the tV.,l families I'; given b:,



--= - -



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However, by the Cauchy-Riemann conditions this dot product is. zero. This meansth~ two families of c~es intersect each otheret rightangles. We therefore state that t~ two families. of cUrves defined by the real and imaginary parts of an analytic function are orthog01lQ1 to each other. 5. If the function , := {(z) is analytic and if the derivative dJ' "ii!!! '.2 ~.O

M.19 Some Aaalytk FIII!CtIoas We now consider some exampl~s of analytic functions. Such functions will be used repCat~ly in our later considerations. One of the simplest functions is .a power function z", where n is a positi~ integer. It can be readily seen that it is analytic at all points of the complex plane. It follows, at once, that a s.o-called polynomial function ao + a 1z + asz' + ... + a"z", wher~ n is a positive integer and the a's' are constants (complex, in general),. is also analytic in the enpre comple~ plane. We further conckde that a rational function



b o + b1z

+ a z + or' + ... + 0,,2(" + b r t + ... '+ l-"z"


then the inverse function

z= .Z<O
exists and is analytic with its derivative given by
, dz

is analytic at all points where the deriominator does not vanish. From these considerations we may conclude that a power series


a"z" - a.

+ a z + art + ... + a.z" + ..





5-- - - - - -


1 hi~ result is of vital significance in the theury and :lpplication of' conformal transformation. The proof of the r~\.llt is left as a probJem for tne r~ der.
14.9 R.emarks

It is appropriate at this stage to recognize the intimate connection between the analytic functions of :l complex variable a:1d the solutions for the problem of tw().(iimensional irrotational motion of an ideal fluid. We realiz: that the.prope,ti! exhibited by the real and imaginary parts of an analytic function are identical. with the properties exhibited by the veloc;ty potential and st,-eam functions of a two-dimensional irrotational motion ofll/I ideal fluid and vice versa. The problem of such a motion, consequently reduce~ to that of finding an analytic function whose r~land imaginary parts satisfy certain prescribed ~oundary conditions. Consider now the qu(.Stign of relating the solution for the tw~men sior.a1 potential motion for one geometry with thet for another geometry. For this purpose, as we have seen, we must introduce coordinate transformations that obey certain rules (see Section 13.10). These rules, as we now realize, are identical with those governing th~ real and imaginary parts of an analytic fUilction of a complex variable. We may thus conclude that the theory of two-dimensional poteRtial motio!) and the theory of an analytic [unction of a complex variable are id:ntical.

where 11 is an integer anc the a's are constants is an analytic function within the rt.gion of convergence of the series. Conversely, it is possible, as we will indicate later, to express an analytic function-within the r~gion it is analytic-in terms of a power series. This procedure is very helpful in discussi!1g the theory and app:ications of complex functions. . Now, the exponential function e ' , the trigonometric functions sin z and cos z, and. the hyperbolic functions sinh z and cosh z can all be defined, just as in the case of the corresponding real functions, by means of power series that are convergent :verywhete. Thus all these funt;tions are analytic in the entire complex plane. Another important function is the logarithmic function log %. Let)Js write wnere , = z and 8 - arg z. As pointed oct earlier, although r is single valued, 9 has infinitely many values that differ by rr.u\tipl~s of 27T. To show 9 == 8'. + 27Tk this explicitly we set where k :::i: 0, I, 2, ... , and 9 p is the principal value of arg z, that is, the value of 0 in the range 0 to 27T, We then have
z = re;('+lrt)

(14.35) log % = log r + :(0. + 27Tk) This shows that the logarithm has infin;tely many values that differ by multiFles of 27Ti. Thus log z is a multivalued function. The various
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\:i1uo:s of such a funcllon are called brunche~" The princioal value brancn of log: IS (log r + lJp)' Lo:t the pnint ~ descrlhe a closed curve f~om an initial point :0 in the :plant: (Fig 14,5), C)n'iI(Jcnng tho: curve C I , which docs not enclose the

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corresponding value of , may be represented by a point in the complex plane of the variable', Henceforth we shall refer to these planes respectively as the z- and "-planes. We thus see that geometrically the function ,(z) maps or transforms points of the 'l-plane into points of the '-plane. In this sense a' function ,('l) may be considered as a transformation or a mapping function. It transforms curves and regions in the 'l-plane into curves and regions in the '-plane. Generally it is not convenient to represent the two complex planes of 'l and Csuperposed on each other. Therefore to represent transformations

" e




Fig. )1.5

lIIustr;.ting the multivaluedness of log :,


p,'rrlt: = 0, we observe that log:: returns to its initial value as:: returns to its initiai point on the cune, Considering the cune Co which does enclose the point =, = O. w,e see that log z chang~s by, '2"Ti a-e-cording to whether the cunc IS deSCribed In the positive or negative sense of O. We thus conclude that to go from one branch to another 01 log =, we mu"l make a circuit cnclo~rng the pornt : = 0; otherwise we remai~ in the same hranch of the functIOn, The poi;lt : = 0 is called a branch point, For any particular branch llf lvg:, the derivati\e


F18. 14.6 Notation for mapping,

or mappings we utilize separate representations of the two planes (see, for ex.ample, Fig. 14.6). Writing 'l = x + iy and, = ~ + i1], the points in the 'l- and '-planes a.e given by the number pairs (x, y) and (~, 1]), respectively. The meaning of the function '('l) as a transformation is also clear from the point of view of its real and imaginary parts; which are given by

. ,I I 1 - ')g: = if: ::

= ~(x, y)
= 1](x, y)

i-; defined for all f'nlnrs except the point:: = O. Thus each branch of the logarithmic functIOn IS anal:'.lc at all pornh except: = 0
I -4.11 Geometrical Significance of a Complex Function: :'Iiotion of Mapping

This pair of real functions produce a pair of real numbers (~, 1/) for every given pair of real numbers (x, y).

14.12 Some Simple Transformations

We now consider the over-all features of some simple transformations. 1. Consider the transformation

ConSider thc funcrion ~ ,= ~(~). According to thh function for c\erv given value l)f :; a \;tlue of ~ is generated. r~ach \;.tlue of:: m'a: be reprcs~nted hy d pornt In the complex pldne of th~ variable ~ and each
:-'ote that although ar. ' i~ rnultivalucd. : klg: arl,cs out of the nluillpir<:ily "f arg :,
ihdl "

""ek \ .ilu.:J

The !l1Ulllr il "t' of

where b is a complex constant. This represents a simple translation of the entire 'l-plane by the vector b (see Fig. 14.7), It follows that under this transformation. the shape of any geometrical figure remains unchanged,

t, "

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- - - - - - - - - - - -.. x. ~
Fig. 14.7 Mapping gi~ rise to translatiOl\.

It is thus seen that the vector zis strerch~c1 by the factor a == IAI and then rotated through the anglefJ =:= arg.A. (see Fig. 14:8). Thus the transformation { ::I Az produces a rotation and magnification. Under such a transfoonation the shape (not the size and orientation) of any geometrical figure remains WlChanged. The potnts 00 and 0 are both fixed ~ints of the mapping. 'the'transformatIOn { == oz, where a is real, denotes a pure stretchin!, whereas the transformation { == zeil denotes a pure rotation by the angle


3. It follows that the transformation

{('I.) = Az


The -mapping' =-z is known as identity transformatjon, for it l;;aves every point unchanged. t:le points that map into themselves are called the fixed points of a transformation. 2. Consider next the transformation
, :::II


where A and b. !tro complex constants, represellts a translation,a rotation, and a magnification. Under such a transformation geometrical figures rem.ain similar. 4. Consider next the transformation 1 {('I.) = : 'I.

where A, in general, may be a complex constant. To discuss the properties of this transformatioll it is convenient to usc the polar form of a complex number. Let us therefore write '[ == rei'

Tht function 11'1. is well defined except for the point z == 0 for which it becomes infinite. If we agree to speak of a point at infinity, the function 1/1. may be considered defined throughout the z-plane. We use polar
coordinates as before and write the transfcrmation a5

== aeil
We thus have

We then have

I" == a Izl arg { == (J + fJ



arg ~

1[1- 1




-argz == -Ii

The transformation may

be exhibited as

, == (; eif )

e- 1i'

== Z1 ~-2i'

where '1.1 is a point that lies on the same line as '[ and has a magni!ude given by the relation


_ _ _ -'-- _ _. _ _ _ _ _


Izl=1 Izl
The point

FiR. 14.8

Mapping gIving nse to rotl/tion and magnificati:)n.

said to be th inversion of z with respect to the unit circle

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d~/dz, and c5z are all complex numbers. To proceed, we assume that at the point z the derivative d~/dz does not vanish:

d~ ;c 0
dz We shall later consider the case where d~/dz does vanish. From (14.36) we obtain


Ib~1 = I(~~)J Ibzf




t'jg. 14.9

Mapping glvmg rise to inversion and reflection

( 14,38) ,dz , This shows that an elementbz through a point z under the transformation ~ = ~(z) has its magnitude magnified by the factor IdGdz\ and has its

b~ =

(d~) + arg b.:

(se.e Fig. 14.9). The vector ~ is obtained from ZI by reflection in the real aXIs. Th~s t.he transformation ~ = liz denotes an inversion with respect to the UnIt CIrcle and then a reflection in the real axis. As may be verified. generally the shape of geometrical figures is not preserved bv this transformation.

14.13 Conformal Transformation: Transformation

by Analytic FUDctions We shall now go into the rlature of the transformation brought about by an analytic function. For this purpose we study the local changes in a transformation. Let ~ = ~(i) be an analytic function. With this as a transformation points and curves in the z-plane are mapped into points and curves in th~ ~-plane. Let ~ be the image point in the ~-plane of the point z in .. he zplane. Also let curve C, be the image in the ~-plane of curve C, in the z plane (see FIg. 14.10). The direction along C; corresponds to the direction along C,. At z. let tJz be an infinitesimal element of the curve C drawn in the direction Of. the curve. Then. at ~, the infinitesimal elemen; b~ of the curve C, IS the Image of bz The elements c5~ and bz are' then related by


d~(z) bz


argument increased by the amount arg (d~/dz), where the derivative d~/d: is evaluated at the point z. In this sense d~/dz fS the local scale factor (complex naturally) of the transformation. Since ~(z) is analytic, dCd: is independent of the direction bz. Therefore all infinitesimal elements passing through the point z are scaled hy the same factor d~/dz. Now. consider another curve C:' passing through the same point: and let C,' be its image passing through the point Let:x be the angie of intersection between the curves C: and C; measured from C, to C;'. and let {3 be the angle of intersection between the curves C, and C;' measured from to (see Fig. 14.10). Denote by (bz), an dement of curve C; through z and by (b~)' its image. We then have the following relations



where d'idz is the derivative of ,(z) at the point z. The qu::.ntities t5~.
Recall that ,(z) is analytic. and therefore d'idz .curve C .

flat depend on the direction of



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and arg (t5CY = arg

(~:) + arg (6%)'


the critical point of the transformation. Consider first the exampl~ of .a transformation C... z", where 71 is a positive integer. The functIon IS analytic in the entire z.-pJane with the derivative

Subtracting (14.38) frolii (14.40) we obtain

8.(g (~n

arg (~ = arg (~z)' - arg (6%)


(' = d( _



We have thus proved that under the transfor'nUltion , == C(z), which is analytic, the angle bet wee,. arry two curves passing through any point z at which dC/dz ~ 0 is preserved and also its sense remains unchanged. Such a trarisformatiQo is known as ~ ,:onformal transformation. Furthermore, all infinitesimal elements of length passing through z receive the same magnification of their magnitudes, in fact, the (compl:.x) scale factor of the mapping is the same for all the clements passing thwuglt a given point. Summing up the preceding considerations we may state that the mapping affected by an analytic function is conformal ih a neighborhood of every point at which the derivative of the mapping function does not vanish. Elemental figures at any poi~t z go into elemental figures at the image pomt C Since the transformation is conformal, the figures remain similar. . Another way of saying it is that when regi0Ds are transformed by an analytic functiofi, geometrical Mmilarity is preserved for the minute structure of the regions. The scale of mapping at any point is giveq by d{(z)/dz, a complex number, and gerlerally this sc'lle factor changes [rom point to point of the z-plane. Because of this the regions involved in a transformation may not look alike on the aggregate although their elemental structures are simil~r. In concluding this section we point out the significance of the requirement that the transformation be an analytic function. If it is not an analytic function, the deriv~tive d{/dz may have different values in different directions. In such ..1 case the angle between any two curves passing through a point will not be preserved, that is, the mapping will no long~r be conformal. In ligh~ of these considerations, one could say that the definition of an analytic function could have been based on the requirement that a transformation be conformal. Recalling our inquiry with regard to a transformation th!lt would relate a potential problem with respect to one geometry with that of another geometry, we now see that what we are after is a confortnal transformation.

This is zero at the origin; wh~rcas everywhere else it is different from zero. Therefore the transformation is conf9rmaJ everywhere except perhllps for the one point z - 0, which is a critical point.




FJa. 14.11 Illustrating the nonconfonnal nature at a critical point of a trusConnation.

Writing z

== rei'

and (


pel,., we express the transformation as pel. =- r "eitll/

p.!:: r"

rp == nO

14.14 Critical Point of TransfonnatioD

We now consider the natur:: of the transformation at a point where the derivative of the mapping function is zero. Such a point is referred to as

From this we conclude that circles about the 0'Cigin in. the z-plane (i.e., curves defined by r _ Izl - const.) transform into .ci.rcl~s about the origin in the C-plane and rays emanating from the o.ngm 10 the z.-pl~e (i.e., curves defined by 0 = arg z =const.) transform mto !i!ys emanat~ng from the origin in the {-plane. See Fig. 14.11, where the lransformatlo.n , .... z. is used. If 0 == 01 and 0,= 0, are any two rays in the z.-plane, theIr images in the {.plane are given by rp = nOt and rp == nO.. Therefore t~e angle between the image rays is n times the angle between the rays 10 the z.-plane. In other words, the mappin! C - z" is not conformal at

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the CrItical poir.t t = 0 At thIs point the transformation has the property 01" multiplying angles by n.

If. Instead of the transformation ~ = z" we consider the transformation (z - :;0)" "'e com;lude. cn the same lines as above, that the transformatlDn is conformal everywhere except at the critical point z = zo, where it has the proreny of multiplying angles by n. Now let us consider a transformation in the general form ~ = ,(z) and let us- assume that the point z = '::0 is a critic~: point. We wish to know the ndture of the transformation at [hi~ point. The function ~(z) is analytic and tile point ::Q anl' it, neighhorr.ood are regular points. Let ~o be the image of Zoo For pOints ~ in the neighborhood of ~o, using Taylor's expansion. we may write

~(:) =

Let us apply this result to the transformation , = z". At the critical point z = 0, not only the first derivati~e of, is zero but all the first n - I derivatives are also zero. This means the transformation , = z.. is nonconformal at z => 0, where it multiplies jill angles by the factor n.

14.15 Complex Integrals

We now pass or. to the integration of complex functions. In the next sections we shall develop several important results relating to complex integrals. As we shall set;, many of the considerations underlying these

~(:) = sVo)

+ a 1(z

2 0)

+ 02(Z


+ an _I(Z


+ l',,(z

- zo)"

+ ... + aJo+I(z


+ ."


where the wefficients

are given by

a =

k! CZk '~'o

1 'd~)

Since 'Zo is a critical point, d~/dz is zero at that point. Consequently, the coefficient (/1 IS Lero. Not knowing the function ~(z) explicitly, we have no kn,wo'1cdg? of its higher derivatives at zoo Let us suppose that the first ('1 - I) .ieriratires are ::ero otthe point Z = zoo Then the expansion (14.42) reduces to
( = '0

Fla. 14.11 Defining a line integral.

+ a"(z

-- Zo)"[l

+ an+! (z a"


+ a,,+2 (z

- ZO)2

+ ...

This may further he rewritten as (14.43) whl:re fez) is the function given by an times the expression in the square bra,kets. We, thus ~ec that the transformation ~(z) 'lear a critical point ...wy be represented ill the form of the equation (14.43). We observe [h'll the derivative ilfl,]., at the pomt z = Zo does not vanish. In other words, the point Zu is not a critical poir.t of the iunctionf(:.:) and this function is a conformal transformation at th.:: point Zo. With this understanding we realize that the PO:lIl z = Zo is a critical pOint of the -:msfornlation ~ = (z) only through the function (z - 'Zo)n. From tne previous discussion about the propertie'\ of the transformation (i - zo)", we conclude th;: following.
( (0 = (oz - Zo)}'(z)


results are similar to those introduced in Sections 9.13 and 9.14, which deal with c