Effect of inertia on electrified film flow over a wavy wall

D. Tseluiko, M. G. Blyth

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The effect of inertia on the steady flow of a liquid layer down a wavy wall in the presence of an electric field is investigated. Both the liquid film and the region above it are assumed to act as perfect dielectrics. A linearised perturbation analysis is performed for flow down a wall with small-amplitude sinusoidal corrugations, and the free-surface amplitude and phase shift are computed numerically for a broad range of flow conditions. It is shown that the electric field can be used to manipulate the phase shift between the free surface and the wall. In particular, when the Reynolds number lies below a threshold value, an electric field of sufficient strength will bring the free surface precisely into phase with the wall. An electric field can also be used to mitigate the resonance effect identified by previous workers, in which the free surface suffers significant amplification in comparison to the height of the wall corrugations at a particular Reynolds number. Working on the basis of the lubrication approximation, a nonlinear equation for the film thickness is derived featuring a non-local term due to the electric field. Numerical solutions for flow over a wavy wall of finite amplitude reveal that the effect of inertia on the free-surface characteristics depends on the electrical properties of the fluid layer and the strength of the imposed electric field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-242
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Engineering Mathematics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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