A method of solution for laminar channel flow is established using the von Mises transformation followed by the “separation” of the main flow velocity into amplitude and profile functions. The known boundary conditions on the latter enable a generalized solution that yields, through a parametric relation between auxiliary parameters (the characteristics), a system of ordinary differential equations for the velocity amplitude and the pressure. The result is a powerful semi-analytical method which is very easy to implement for a variety of internal flow configurations. The method is, in essence, a downstream general solution which may be extended upstream to the singular limit of a uniform main flow velocity distribution at the channel entrance. The regular solution for uniform initial velocity distribution cannot thus be obtained. Comparisons with other solutions show only qualitative agreement, for reasons which are discussed, whereas agreement with experimental results, made in a separate publication, is remarkably good.
A Method of “Separation of Variables” for the Solution of Laminar Boundary-Layer Equations of Narrow-Channel Flows
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Al-Bender, F., and Van Brussel, H. (July 1, 1992). "A Method of “Separation of Variables” for the Solution of Laminar Boundary-Layer Equations of Narrow-Channel Flows." ASME. J. Tribol. July 1992; 114(3): 623–629. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2920927
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