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On exact solution of unsteady MHD flow of a viscous fluid in an orthogonal rheometer
Boundary Value Problems volume 2014, Article number: 146 (2014)
This paper studies the unsteady MHD flow of a viscous fluid in which each point of the parallel planes are subject to the non-torsional oscillations in their own planes. The streamlines at any given time are concentric circles. Exact solutions are obtained and the loci Γ of the centres of these concentric circles are discussed. It is shown that the motion so obtained gives three infinite sets of exact solutions in the geometry of an orthogonal rheometer in which the above non-torsional oscillations are superposed on the disks. These solutions reduce to a single unique solution when symmetric solutions are looked for. Some interesting special cases are also obtained from these solutions.
Berker  has defined the ‘pseudo plane motions’ of the first kind that: if the streamlines in a plane flow are contained in parallel planes but the velocity components are dependent on the coordinate normal to the planes. Berker  has obtained a class of exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations belonging to the above type of flows. The ingenious analysis of Berker ,  of the flow of an incompressible viscous fluid confined between two coaxially or non-coaxially rotating infinite parallel disks has shown the existence of an infinite number of exact solutions characterizing the asymmetric and symmetric motions. The symmetric solutions presented by Berker  belong to a new class and cannot be obtained as limiting cases of any of the known solutions. It was observed that these results are relevant in understanding the motions of the fluid in a device called an orthogonal rheometer.
Owing to the importance of exact solutions, many authors – have analyzed the flows in this geometry for different types of fluids. Rao and Kasiviswanathan  have investigated the unsteady viscous flow in the orthogonal rheometer and established the existence of three infinite sets of exact solutions. The flow of an elastico-viscous fluid in the above geometry has been investigated by Abbott and Walters . They obtained the unique exact solution of the problem and it was considered as a particular case of the infinite set of solutions which satisfies the condition for symmetric solutions. Thornley  has considered an exact solution for the flow of an incompressible fluid confined between two infinite disks when both the fluid and the disk were in rigid-body rotation with constant angular velocity and one of the disks is used to perform non-torsional oscillations in its own plane in a rotating frame of reference.
The MHD flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids between two non-coaxial rotating disks has been one of the subjects which has attracted attention of many workers. Kasiviswanathan and Rao  investigated the unsteady MHD flow of a viscous, homogeneous, incompressible, electrically conducting fluid between two infinite, parallel, insulated disks rotating with the same angular velocity about two non-coincident axes in which the disks were subjected to non-torsional oscillations. Using the Laplace transform two sets of infinite solutions are presented and these solutions reduce to unique solution when symmetric solutions are looked for. Mohanty  obtained an exact solution for the viscous, homogeneous, incompressible, conducting fluid between eccentrically rotating disks having the same angular velocity in the presence of uniform transverse magnetic field. Further, Erkman  studied the same problem but for an induced magnetic field. Murthy and Ram  examined an exact solution for the case of flow due to non-coaxial rotations of a porous disk and a fluid at infinity under the application of a uniform transverse magnetic field. Rao and Rao  also considered the same physical situation as discussed by  but they considered the second grade fluid. Ersoy  obtained an exact solution of an Oldroyd-B fluid between two infinite, parallel, insulated disks rotating about non-coincident axes in the presence of a uniform transverse magnetic field. Moreover, Rajagopal  reviewed problems related to both Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids between two parallel disks rotating about the same or distinct axes with the same and different angular velocities.
In this paper we have generalised the work of Rao and Kasiviswanathan  to the case of unsteady MHD flow of a conducting, incompressible viscous fluid between two infinite, parallel, insulated disks rotating with the same angular velocity about non-coincident axes normal to the disks. Each point of the parallel planes is subjected to non-torsional oscillations in their own planes. The streamlines at a given instant are concentric circles in each plane parallel to a fixed plane and each point of the plane is performing non-torsional oscillations. Exact solutions are obtained and the loci of the centres of concentric circles are discussed. In the geometry of an orthogonal rheometer where non-torsional oscillations are imposed on the disks relative to the basic rotations, the existence of three infinite sets of exact solutions is established. Three cases arise i.e. when: (i) , (ii) and (iii) . These solutions reduce to a single unique solution when symmetric solutions are looked for.
Consider the flow of an incompressible viscous fluid filling the entire three-dimensional space in which the streamlines at a given instant are concentric circles in each plane parallel to a fixed plane and each point of the plane is performing non-torsional oscillations. A uniform magnetic field is applied along the z-axis. The unsteady flow of an incompressible fluid in the presence of a magnetic field is governed by the following equations:
where V is the velocity field, T the Cauchy stress tensor, J the electric current density, ρ the density and the material time derivative. In addition, B () is the total magnetic field in which b and denote the induced magnetic field and imposed magnetic field, respectively. In the absence of displacement currents, the Maxwell equations ,  and the modified Ohm law  can be written as
in which E is the electric field, the magnetic permeability and σ the electric field conductivity. It is assumed that all the thermo-physical fluid properties are constant throughout the flow field region. Also, the induced magnetic field b is negligible compared with the applied magnetic field . It is further supposed that no energy is added or extracted from the fluid by the electric field which implies that there is no electric field present in the fluid flow region. Under these assumptions the electromagnetic force takes the form
The velocity field is chosen as follows:
where u, v, w are the components of velocity in the Cartesian coordinate system . For this motion, the streamlines for all time t are contained in planes parallel to the fixed plane and the plane is parallel to this fixed plane. The constitutive equation of the viscous fluid is
with p being the pressure, I the unit tensor, the Rivilin-Ericksen tensor, μ the dynamic viscosity and f the body force. The Rivilin-Ericksen tensor is defined by
where is the stream function, Ω the potential due to external force and v the kinematic coefficient of viscosity. The subscript denotes the partial derivatives with respect to corresponding variables throughout the paper. From the equation of motion in the z-direction one finds ϕ to be independent of z. In the present analysis the authors are interested in getting solutions of an unsteady MHD fluid motion in which the streamlines at any instant are concentric circles in each plane with normal line parallel to the Oz-axis. Therefore, consider
and let these be the loci Γ of the centres of these circles which are fixed points at a given instant t and belong to the instantaneous axis of the vortex. The condition that Γ must not be a straight line perpendicular to the plane gives the inequality:
Following an analysis similar to Berker , the general form of the stream function for this type of unsteady MHD flow is given by
Let c be any constant and let π be the plane . Equation (15) shows that at a given time , the fluid particles belonging to the plane π move like the points of a solid plate which rotates around a fixed point with coordinates and with constant angular velocity ω, given by
This angular velocity is same for all planes π which are parallel to the plane . Thus (15) should be interpreted as a motion due to rigid rotation superposed by some unsteady motion.
We investigate the unsteady MHD motion generated by subjecting each of the parallel planes to a non-torsional oscillation of the type or , where δ is the frequency of oscillation. Letting
Eq. (17) takes the form
The general solutions of the differential equation (20) are
and the arbitrary complex constants A, B and C are assumed to be
The solutions for non-torsional oscillation of the type are obtained by replacing δ by −δ at appropriate places in the above equations. The general solutions of the differential equation (17) in view of Eqs. (18), (19), (22) and (24) are given by
where and denote solutions due to steady rotation and
Now we will establish that by making a suitable change of axes, that is, the change that satisfies the condition that the plane be parallel to the plane , it is possible to reduce the number of arbitrary constants contained in the curve Γ given in Eqs. (25) and (26). The change to be made is the result of transformations described below for .
A translation parallel to the plane and defined by the equations:(28)
If and , a translation parallel to the axis Oz and a rotation about this axis. This translation and rotation is so chosen that the equation of the curve Γ in the new axes reduces to the following form:(29)
with , , . Equation (29) contains only two arbitrary real constants a and n.
If and , a translation parallel to the axis Oz. This translation is so chosen that the equations of the curve Γ with respect to the new axes reduce to the following form:(31)
with , , . Equation (31) involves only one arbitrary real constant a.
If and , again a translation parallel to the axis Oz. This translation is so chosen that the equations of the curve Γ in the new axes reduce to the following form:(33)
Lastly, when the curve Γ by a proper choice of axes can be written as(35)
with ; n is any arbitrary constant. This transformation has no counterpart in the corresponding steady problem. Likewise, curves and , similar to the curves and , can be obtained for .
Equations (29) of the curve in cylindrical coordinates can be written in the form
where is negligible for large z or for very small δ. So for large z (36) reduces to
Let be the projection of the curve on the plane. The equation of in polar coordinates is
Therefore, the curve tends towards the logarithmic spiral (38) for large value of z, having the properties given by Berker . A similar discussion holds for the curves -. It can be further noted that dominates over the other terms, the curve is wrapped around the surface of revolution the axis of which is Oz and the meridian (in cylindrical coordinates) of which is given in Eq. (36).
Unsteady MHD flow in an orthogonal rheometer
Consider the unsteady MHD flow of a conducting, incompressible viscous fluid between two infinite, parallel, insulated disks and rotating with the same angular velocity ω about non-coincident axes and normal to the planes of the disks and performing non-torsional oscillations in their own planes. This model represents the motion of the fluid in the instrument called an orthogonal rheometer.
We choose the Cartesian coordinate system with the z-axis perpendicular to the disks and the lower and the upper disks are located at and , respectively. Let the lower disk rotate about the point and the upper disk about . Taking the middle point O of as the origin and perpendicular axes Ox and Oy lying in the plane so that the z-axis is perpendicular to these axes. The superposed unsteady motion is created by subjecting each point of the lower and upper disk to non-torsional oscillations of the type and , respectively, where , , and , are given complex constants. The governing equation for this motion is given by Eq. (17) whereas the boundary conditions are
Assume the solution for Eq. (17) to be of the form
where the first two terms correspond to the oscillatory motion and the third term gives the solution due to the basic rigid rotation. The corresponding boundary conditions are
The governing differential equation (17) is of the third order, giving three sets of infinite solutions; one corresponding to the steady part and the other two corresponding to the oscillatory parts, proportional to and . As there are only two boundary conditions (42) and (43) to determine each complex function, therefore its solution is not unique. We introduce one more arbitrary boundary condition in addition to the boundary conditions (42) and (43) in order to determine the solution. Let and be the coordinates of the point of intersection of the curve Γ and the plane and also the non-torsional oscillations are prescribed on the plane . Then the boundary conditions will be of the form
in Eq. (45) and equating the real and imaginary parts, we get for
The minus sign is taken when . Thus we have
We have thus obtained the unsteady MHD motion of viscous fluid in the orthogonal rheometer for the three different cases of ω, i.e., (i) , (ii) , (iii) . The solutions for f and g contain six arbitrary constants, namely , , , , and , giving three sets of infinite solutions. Hence the existence of three sets of infinite solutions for the unsteady MHD motion of the fluid in an orthogonal rheometer in which the non-torsional oscillations are superposed on the disks are established. These solutions for f and g reduce to the solutions of Rao and Kasiviswanathan  for .
Results and discussion
Then the components of the vorticity are given by
where is an arbitrary constant, , are given by
The components of stress applied by the fluid at any point on the upper disk in directions are given by
A number of interesting special cases can be derived from the general solutions given by Eq. (45). A solution is said to be symmetric solution with respect to a given point O, if the velocity field is a symmetric vector field with respect to the point O. Therefore, the symmetric solution has to satisfy the following condition:
Among the solutions obtained for the motion in the orthogonal rheometer, we need to find whether there exist solutions which are symmetric with respect to: (i) the point O, (ii) the mid point of the line segment . The velocity field given by Eq. (54) satisfies the condition (62), provided
which implies that f and g are odd functions of z and
The latter equation shows that the curve Γ must pass through the origin O of the axes. Therefore, for a symmetric solution the constants in Eq. (45) should satisfy
Thus, for a symmetric solution all the arbitrary constants given in the boundary condition (44) vanish and the solution thus obtained is unique. This symmetric solution is given by
This solution includes the symmetric solution of Kasiviswanathan and Rao  as a special case. Taking and in Eq. (45), we obtain the solutions of the MHD flow due to non-torsionally oscillating eccentric rotating disks given by Kasiviswanathan and Rao . In the limit in Eq. (45), we obtain solutions given by Rao and Kasiviswanathan . By taking , (together with the amplitudes of the oscillations) in Eq. (45), we get
and the corresponding boundary conditions are
This case corresponds to the flow of a fluid confined between two plates moving with velocities of different magnitudes and direction. It reduces to the solutions given by Kasiviswanathan and Rao  for and . Since in the limit , all the velocity components given in Eq. (15) become zero; therefore we cannot take this velocity field for the above problem. However, in order to understand the nature and physical significance of this case, we choose the velocity field given by Kasiviswanathan and Rao . We have
Eliminating the pressure gradient we obtain
The boundary conditions are given by
which is similar to the solution given in Eq. (68). The solution given by the above equation yields a set of infinite number of solutions as is chosen arbitrarily. For and , Eq. (74) reduces to a simple shearing motion and the solution so obtained is a symmetric solution. The stream function for this flow is given by
and the streamlines are given by a family of parallel straight lines in each of the plane where . In Eq. (75), C denotes an arbitrary constant.
In this study we have considered the unsteady MHD flow of a viscous fluid in which each point of the parallel planes is subjected to the non-torsional oscillations in their own planes. Exact solutions for the described model are presented. The major findings of the present work are summarised as follows:
The existence of three sets of infinite numbers of solutions for the unsteady MHD motion of a viscous fluid in an orthogonal rheometer in which the non-torsional oscillations are superposed on the disks is established. These solutions reduce to a single unique solution when symmetric solutions are looked for.
The present work also includes the solutions of Kasiviswanathan and Rao  as a special case.
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