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Steady flow of an incompressible perfectly conducting fluid past a thin airfoil
Boundary Value Problems volume 2013, Article number: 231 (2013)
We consider the linearized Euler and Maxwell equations and Ohm’s law. We calculate the fundamental matrix and give integral representations for the velocity, magnetic induction and pressure. We use the boundary (slip) condition to obtain an integral equation for the jump of the pressure. We give some graphic representations of the velocity and magnetic induction for the case of the flat plate.
MSC:76X05, 45E05, 35E05.
In papers dedicated to the motion of a wing in an electro-conductive fluid, the lift, drag and moment coefficients were calculated. Recent technological advances claim also for the study of the velocity and electromagnetic fields. We mention two examples: the plasma actuators for aircraft flow control (see ) and concealing aircrafts from radar using interaction between ionized gas and electromagnetic radiation. In the present paper, we study the steady two-dimensional flow of an ideal perfectly conducting incompressible fluid around a thin insulating airfoil. We consider the linearized partial differential equations of magnetohydrodynamics (consisting of Euler’s and Maxwell’s equations and Ohm’s law) and calculate the corresponding fundamental matrix. In order to obtain the integral representations for the velocity, the magnetic induction and the pressure fields (which represent the original result of this work), we perform the convolution of the components of the fundamental matrix with the simple layer distributions determined by the jump of the functions we are looking for. We notice that every integral representation has an elliptic as well as a hyperbolic part, this last one being determined by the presence of simple waves bounded by straight characteristics (weak shocks). From the integral representation of the velocity and the boundary conditions (linearized slipping condition and the continuity of the magnetic induction), we rediscover the singular integral equation for the jump of the pressure across the airfoil. We consider the particular case of the flat plate for which the solution of the integral equation is known. Then we perform some numerical integrations to calculate the velocity and the magnetic induction at the points of a two-dimensional grid in order to provide graphic representations for the velocity and magnetic induction fields.
Fundamental matrix of the linearized equations for the two-dimensional incompressible flow of perfectly conducting fluids
Let v, b and p designate the nondimensional perturbations of the velocity, magnetic induction and pressure, respectively, determined by the presence of a thin insulating airfoil whose equation is
At infinity, we assume that the unperturbed motion is uniform and parallel to the Ox-axis and that there exists a homogeneous magnetic field whose nondimensional expression is
As it is shown in , Section 5.2, , and p satisfy the following system of linear partial differential equations obtained by means of the small perturbations technique:
with being Alfvén’s number (Rh is the magnetic pressure number). We introduce like in  the fundamental matrix of linear system (3)
whose components are the fundamental solutions of the systems
where is Dirac’s distribution and
Some components of the fundamental matrix
We shall use the Fourier transform
Taking into account that
and using the notation , we obtain from (5)
Solving system (9), we get for
For , we have
Using the inverse Fourier transforms (, Appendix 1)
(where is Heaviside’s function), we get
In thin airfoil theory, the linearized boundary conditions are usually imposed on the segment and the functions we are looking for are defined on . Since , , , and p are integrable functions, they may be regarded as regular distributions. Taking into account the boundary conditions (, Chapter 5)
we obtain the following linearized system for the distributions , , , and p:
where and represent the jumps of b and p over the segment and , are simple layer distributions. We may easily verify that
where ⋆ stands for the convolution product. We shall consider, for the sake of simplicity, the case of zero thickness wing, i.e., . Hence and
We calculate the convolutions and obtain the following representation for :
Similarly, we get
The integral equation for the jump of the pressure
Using the Plemelj formulas and linearized boundary conditions (19), we get from (23) the integral equation
which is equivalent to
We may take if we impose Kutta-Joukovsky’s condition. Other choices of the constant C were considered by Stewartson .
The flat plate
In this case, , . Taking into account that
we get from (28)
The lift is (, 5.2.6)
, are the Jacobi polynomials and , , are the roots of . We considered .
We have calculated the velocity, the pressure and the magnetic induction for the steady flow of an incompressible perfectly conducting fluid past a thin airfoil. The integral representations of the velocity, pressure and magnetic induction contain respectively an elliptic part and a hyperbolic one. Some calculations were performed for the flat plate. In the graphic representation of the velocity and magnetic induction from Figures 1 and 2, we may observe the simple waves which are determined by the influence of the magnetic field. In Figure 3 we represent the lift coefficient against Alfvén’s number A. We notice that the lift coefficient increases when A decreases, i.e., when the value of the magnetic induction at infinity increases.
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