Stratlets: Low Reynolds Number Point-Force Solutions in a Stratified Fluid
Author(s)Stocker, Roman; Ardekani, Arezoo M.
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We present fundamental solutions of low Reynolds number flows in a stratified fluid, including the case of a point force (Stokeslet) and a doublet. Stratification dramatically alters the flow by creating toroidal eddies, and velocity decays much faster than in a homogeneous fluid. The fundamental length scale is set by the competition of buoyancy, diffusion and viscosity, and is O(100 μm–1 mm) in aquatic environments. Stratification can therefore affect the swimming of small organisms and the sinking of marine snow particles, and diminish the effectiveness of mechanosensing in the ocean.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Physical review letters
American Physical Society
Ardekani, A., and R. Stocker. “Stratlets: Low Reynolds Number Point-Force Solutions in a Stratified Fluid.” Physical Review Letters 105.8 (2010): n. pag. © 2010 The American Physical Society
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