Past Partial Differential Equations Seminar

30 October 2017
Igor Pazanin

It is well-known that only a limited number of the fluid flow problems can be solved (or approximated) by the solutions in the explicit form. To derive such solutions, we usually need to start with (over)simplified mathematical models and consider ideal geometries on the flow domains with no distortions introduced. However, in practice, the boundary of the fluid domain can contain various small irregularities (rugosities, dents, etc.) being far from the ideal one. Such problems are challenging from the mathematical point of view and, in most cases, can be treated only numerically. The analytical treatments are rare because introducing the small parameter as the perturbation quantity in the domain boundary forces us to perform tedious change of variables. Having this in mind, our goal is to present recent analytical results on the effects of a slightly perturbed boundary on the fluid flow through a channel filled with a porous medium. We start from a rectangular domain and then perturb the upper part of its boundary by the product of the small parameter $\varepsilon$ and arbitrary smooth function. The porous medium flow is described by the Darcy-Brinkman model which can handle the presence of a boundary on which the no-slip condition for the velocity is imposed. Using asymptotic analysis with respect to $\varepsilon$, we formally derive the effective model in the form of the explicit formulae for the velocity and pressure. The obtained asymptotic approximation clearly shows the nonlocal effects of the small boundary perturbation. The error analysis is also conducted providing the order of accuracy of the asymptotic solution. We will also address the problem of the solute transport through a semi-in finite channel filled with a fluid saturated sparsely packed porous medium. A small perturbation of magnitude $\varepsilon$ is applied on the channel's walls on which the solute particles undergo a first-order chemical reaction. The effective model for solute concentration in the small-Péclet-number-regime is derived using asymptotic analysis with respect to $\varepsilon$. The obtained mathematical model clearly indicates the influence of the porous medium, chemical reaction and boundary distortion on the effective flow.

This is a joint work with Eduard Marušić-Paloka (University of Zagreb).

  • Partial Differential Equations Seminar