Herron, Isom

Aug 20, 2011    

Hydrodynamic Stability

Professor Isom Herron’s recent research interests are the problems of flow in microchannels, microtubes  and between rotating cylinders where the length scales are such that the continuum limit is barely reached. When this occurs, slip boundary conditions may be used instead of the more conventional no-slip ones.

The  current importance of the analysis of annular flows have been demonstrated in the number of applications of this regime such as MEMS technologies. The Navier-slip conditions become relevant in certain applications related to hemodynamics, high-altitude flows, and micro-scale flows. Given the recent interest in micro-scale flows, it is timely to investigate the classical stability problems (the cylindrical Couette flow being one) to address the effect of slip conditions.

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