New exact solutions for Hele-Shaw flow in doubly connected regions

Dallaston, Michael C. & McCue, Scott W. (2012) New exact solutions for Hele-Shaw flow in doubly connected regions. Physics of Fluids, 24, 052101-1---14.

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Radial Hele-Shaw flows are treated analytically using conformal mapping techniques. The geometry of interest has a doubly-connected annular region of viscous fluid surrounding an inviscid bubble that is either expanding or contracting due to a pressure difference caused by injection or suction of the inviscid fluid. The zero-surface-tension problem is ill-posed for both bubble expansion and contraction, as both scenarios involve viscous fluid displacing inviscid fluid. Exact solutions are derived by tracking the location of singularities and critical points in the analytic continuation of the mapping function. We show that by treating the critical points, it is easy to observe finite-time blow-up, and the evolution equations may be written in exact form using complex residues. We present solutions that start with cusps on one interface and end with cusps on the other, as well as solutions that have the bubble contracting to a point. For the latter solutions, the bubble approaches an ellipse in shape at extinction.

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ID Code: 49749
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Hele-Shaw flow, Doubly-connected, Saffman-Taylor instability, finite-time blow-up, bubble extinction, viscous fingering, complex variable theory, ill-posedness, Polubarinova-Galin equation, Villat's integral formula, loxodromic functions
DOI: 10.1063/1.4711274
ISSN: 1070-6631
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (010207)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > CLASSICAL PHYSICS (020300) > Fluid Physics (020303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 American Institute of Physics
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2012 06:05
Last Modified: 09 May 2012 12:10

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