Boundary elements solution of stokes flow between curved surfaces with nonlinear slip boundary condition

Cesar Nieto, Henry Power, Mauricio Giraldo

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    This work presents a boundary integral equation formulation for Stokes nonlinear slip flows based on the normal and tangential projection of the Green's integral representational formulae for the velocity field. By imposing the surface tangential velocity discontinuity (slip velocity) in terms of the nonlinear slip flow boundary condition, a system of nonlinear boundary integral equations for the unknown normal and tangential components of the surface traction is obtained. The Boundary Element Method is used to solve the resulting system of integral equations using a direct Picard iteration scheme to deal with the resulting nonlinear terms. The formulation is used to study flows between curved rotating geometries: i.e., concentric and eccentric Couette flows and single rotor mixers, under nonlinear slip boundary conditions. The numerical results obtained for the concentric Couette flow is validated again a semianalytical solution of the problem, showing excellent agreements. The other two cases, eccentric Couette and single rotor mixers, are considered to study the effect of different nonlinear slip conditions in these flow configurations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)757-777
    Number of pages21
    JournalNumerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - May 2013


    • boundary element method
    • microfluidics
    • nonlinear Navier slip boundary condition


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