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CHAPTER 2

DIFFERENTIAL FORMULATION
OF THE BASIC LAWS

2.1 Introduction

x Differential formulation of basic laws:

x Conservation of mass
x Conservation of momentum
x Conservation of energy

2.2 Flow Generation

(i) Forced convection. Motion is driven by mechanical means.
(ii) Free (natural) convection. Motion is driven by natural forces.

x Flow through tubes: Ret = u D v | 2300

u u
laminar turbulent

t t

Fig. 2.1

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Rate of mass added to element - Rate of mass removed from element =

Rate of mass change within element

w (Gm y )
Gm y  dy
y wy
dy
dx w (Gm x )
Gm x Gm x  dy
wy
x Gm y
(a ) (b )
Fig. 2.2
(2.1)

x Expressing each term in terms of velocity components gives continuity equation

wU w w w
 Uu  Uv  Uw 0 (2.2a)
wt wx wy wz

x This equation can be expressed in different forms:

wU wU wU wU ª wu wv ww º
u v w  U«   » 0 (2.2b)
wt wx wy wz ¬ wx wy wz ¼
or
DU &
 U  V 0 (2.2c)
Dt
or
wU &
  UV 0 (2.2d)
wt

x For constant density (incompressible fluid):

&
 V 0 (2.3)
2.4.2 Cylindrical Coordinates
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wU 1 w
 U r v r  1 w U vT  w U v z 0 (2.4)
wt r wr r wT wz

2.4.3 Spherical Coordinates

wU 1 w
 2
wt r wr

U r 2 vr 
1
w
r sin T wT
U vT sin T  1 w U vI
r sin T wI
0 (2 .5)

x Application of Newton’s law of motion to the

element shown in Fig. 2.5, gives y dz
& &
¦G F (G m) a (a) dy
dx
x Application of (a) in the x-direction, gives
x
¦G F x (G m) a x (b) z
Fig. 2.5
x Each term in (b) is expressed in terms of flow
field variables: density, pressure, and velocity components:

Mass of the element:

Gm U dxdydz (c)
Acceleration of the element a x :
du Du wu wu wu wu
ax u v w  (d)
dt Dt wx wy wz wt
Substituting (c) and (d) into (b)

¦GF x U
Du
Dt
dxdydz (e)

Forces:
(i) Body force

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Summing up all the x-component forces shown in Fig. 2.6 gives

§ wV xx wW yx wW zx ·
¦ įFx surface ¨
¨ wx  wy  wz
¸dxdydz
¸ (h)
Combining the above equations
Du wV xx wW yx wW zx
x-direction: U U gx    (2.6a)
Dt wx wy wz
By analogy:
Dv wW xy wV yy wW zy
y-direction: U Ugy    (2.6b)
Dt wx wy wz

Dw wW xz wW yz wV zz
z-direction: U U gz    (2.6c)
Dt wx wy wz
IMPORTANT

x THE NORMAL AND SHEARING STRESSES ARE EXPRESSED IN TERMS

OF VELOSICTY AND PRESSURE. THIS IS VALID FOR NEWTOINAN
FLUIDS. (See equations 2.7a-2.7f).

x THE RESULTING EQUATIONS ARE KNOWN AS THE NAVIER-STOKES

EQUAITONS OF MOTION

(i) Constant viscosity &

DV & & 1 & &
U
Dt 3

Ug  p  P   V  P 2V (2.9)

x (2.9) is valid for: (1) continuum, (2) Newtonian fluid, and (3) constant viscosity

(ii) Constant viscosity and density

&
DV & & &
U Ug  p  P 2V (2.10)
Dt
x (2.10) is valid for: (1) continuum, (2) Newtonian fluid, (3) constant viscosity and
(4) constant density.
x The three component of (2.10) are

§ wu wu wu wu · wp § w 2u w 2u w 2u ·
x: U ¨¨ u v  w ¸¸ Ug x   P¨ 2  2  2 ¸ (2.10x)
© wt wx wy wz ¹ wx ¨ wx
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§ wv wv wv wv · wp § w 2v w 2v w 2v ·
y- U ¨¨ u  v  w ¸¸ Ug y   P¨ 2  2  2 ¸ (2.10y)
© wt wx wy wz ¹ wy ¨ wx

§ ww ww ww ww · wp § w2w w2w w2w ·

z- U ¨¨ u v  w ¸¸ Ug z   P¨ 2  2  2 ¸ (2.10z)
© wt wx wy wz ¹ wz ¨ wx

2.5.2 Cylindrical Coordinates

The three equations corresponding to (2.10) in cylindrical coordinates are (2.11r), (2.11 T ),
and (2.11z).

2.5.3 Spherical Coordinates

The three equations corresponding to (2.10) in spherical coordinates are (2.11r), (2.11 T ),
and (2.11 I ).

2.6 Conservation of Energy: The Energy Equation

y dz
2.6.1 Formulation
dy
dx
x The principle of conservation of energy is
applied to an element dxdydz
x
A B z
Rate of change of Fig. 2.7
internal and kinetic
Net rate of internal and kinetic
energy transport by convection

energy of element (2.14)
C D
Net rate of heat _ Net rate of work done by
addition by conduction element on surroundin gs

x The variables u, v, w, p, T, and U are used to express each term in (2.14).

x Assumptions: (1) continuum, (2) Newtonian fluid, and (3) negligible nuclear,

x Detailed formulation of the terms A, B, C and D is given in Appendix A

x The following is the resulting equation
DT Dp
U cp   kT  E T  P) (2.15)
Dt Dt
x (2.15) is referred to as the energy equation
x E is the coefficient of thermal expansion, defined as
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1 ª wU º
E  (2.16)
U «¬ wT »¼ p
x The dissipation function ) is associated with energy dissipation due to friction. It is
important in high speed flow and for very viscous fluids. In Cartesian coordinates )
is given by

ª 2 § ·2 2º ª 2
§ wv ww ·
2 2º
« § wu · wv § ww · » «§ wu wv · § ww wu · »
) 2 ¨ ¸  ¨¨ ¸¸  ¨ ¸  ¨¨  ¸¸  ¨¨  ¸¸  ¨  ¸ 
¬ ¼ ¬ ¼ (2.17)
2
2 § wu wv ww ·
¨¨   ¸
3 © wx wy wz ¸¹

2.6.2 Simplified Form of the Energy Equation

x Cartesian Coordinates

(i) Incompressible fluid. Equation (2.15) becomes

DT
Uc p   kT  P) (2.18)
Dt
(ii) Incompressible constant conductivity fluid. Equation (2.18) is simplified further if
the conductivity k is assumed constant
DT
Uc p k 2T  P) (2.19a)
Dt
or
§ wT wT wT wT · §¨ w 2T w 2T w 2T ·¸
U c p ¨¨ u v w ¸ k    P) (2.19b)
© wt wx wy wz ¸¹ ¨© wx 2 wy 2 wz 2 ¸¹

(iii) Ideal gas. (2.15) becomes

DT Dp
U cp   kT   P) (2.22)
Dt Dt
or
DT &
U cv   kT  p  V  P) (2.23)
Dt
x Cylindrical Coordinates. The corresponding energy equation in cylindrical
coordinate is given in (2.24)

x Spherical Coordinates. The corresponding energy equation in cylindrical

coordinate is given in (2.26)
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2.7 Solutions to the Temperature Distribution

x The flow field (velocity distribution) is needed for the determination of the
temperature distribution.

IMPORTANT:

x Table 2.1 shows that for constant density and viscosity, continuity and
momentum (four equations) give the solution to u, v, w, and p. Thus for this
condition the flow field and temperature fields are uncoupled (smallest
rectangle).
x For compressible fluid the density is an added variable. Energy equation and
the equation of state provide the fifth and sixth required equations. For this
case the velocity and temperature fields are coupled and thus must be solved
simultaneously (largest rectangle in Table 2.1).

TABLE 2.1

No. of
Basic law Equations Unknowns

Energy 1 TT u v w p U P k
Continuity 1 u v w U
Momentum 3 u v w p U P
Equation of State 1 T p U
Viscosity relation 1 T p P
P P ( p, T )
Conductivity relation T p k
1
k k ( p, T )

x Fluid motion in free convection is driven by buoyancy forces.

x Gravity and density change due to temperature change give rise to buoyancy.

x According to Table 2.1, continuity, momentum, energy and equation of state must be
solved simultaneously for the 6 unknowns: u. v, w, p, T and U

x Starting with the definition of coefficient of thermal expansion E , defined as

1 ª wU º
E  (2.16)
U «¬ wT »¼ p
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or
1 U  Uf
E | (f)
U f T  Tf
This result gives
U  Uf  E U f (T  Tf ) (2.28)
x Based on the above approximation, the momentum equation becomes
&
DV & 1 &
 E g T  Tf   p  p f  v  2V (2.29)
Dt Uf

(1) No-slip condition. At the wall, y 0

&
V ( x,0, z , t ) 0 (2.30a)
or
u ( x,0, z , t ) v( x,0, z , t ) w( x,0, z , t ) 0 (2.30b)
(2) Free stream condition. Far away from an object ( y f)
u ( x, f, z , t ) Vf (2.31)
Similarly, uniform temperature far away from an object is expressed as
T ( x, f, z , t ) Tf (2.32)
(3) Surface thermal conditions. Two common surface thermal conditions are used in the
analysis of convection problems. They are:
(i) Specified temperature. At the wall:
T ( x,0, z , t ) Ts (2.33)
(ii) Specified heat flux. Heated or cooled surface:
wT ( x,0, z , t )
k r qocc (2.34)
wy

2.10 Non-dimensional Form of the Governing Equations: Dynamic and Thermal

Similarity Parameters
x Express the governing equations in dimensionless form to:
x (1) identify the governing parameters
x (2) plan experiments
x (3) guide in the presentation of experimental results and theoretical solutions
x Dimensional form:
x Independent variables: x, y, z and t
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x Unknown variables are: u, v, w, p and T . These variables depend on the four

independent variables. In addition various quantities affect the solutions. They
are
x p f , Tf , Vf , Ts , L, g , p f , and

x Geometry

x Dependent and independent variables are made dimensionless as follows:

& &
& V ( p  pf ) (T  Tf ) & g
V* , p *
, T *
, g* ,
Vf U fVf 2 (Ts  Tf ) g
(2.35)
x y z Vf
x* , y* , z* , t* t
L L L L
x Using (2.35) the governing equations are rewritten in dimensionless form.

2.10.2 Dimensionless Form of Continuity

DU &
*
 U  V * 0 (2.37)
Dt
x No parameters appear in (2.37)

2.10.3 Dimensionless Form of the Navier-Stokes Equations of Motion

&
DV * Gr * & * * * 1 *2 &
 T g   P   V* (2.38)
Dt * Re 2 Re
x Constant (characteristic) quantities combine into two governing parameters:

UVf L Vf L
Re { , Reynolds number (viscous effect) (2.39)
P v
Eg Ts  Tf L3
Gr { , Grashof number (free convection effect) (2.40)
v2
2.10.4 Dimensionless Form of the Energy Equation
x Consider two cases:
(i) Incompressible, constant conductivity
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DT * 1 Ǽc *
*
 *2T *  ) (2.41a)
Dt RePr Re
x Constant (characteristic) quantities combine into two additional governing
parameters:

Pr
cpP P/U v, Prandtl number (heat transfer effect) (2.42)
k k / Uc p D
2
Vf
Ǽc , Eckert number (dissipation effect – high speed, large viscosity) (2.43)
c p (Ts  Tf )

(ii) Ideal gas, constant conductivity and viscosity

DT * 1 Dp * Ǽc *
 *2T *  Ǽc *  ) (2.41b)
Dt RePr Dt Re
x No new parameters appear.

2.10.5 Significance of the Governing Parameters

x Dimensionless temperature solution:
T * f ( x * , y * , z * , t * ; Re, Pr , Gr , Ec) (2.45)
x NOTE:
x Six quantities: p f , Tf , Ts , Vf , L, g and five properties c p , k, E, P, and U , are
replaced by four dimensionless parameters: Re, Pr, Gr and Ec.
x Special case: negligible free convection and dissipation: Two governing
parameters:

T* f ( x * , y * , z * , t * ; Re, Pr ) (2.46)
x Geometrically similar bodies have the same solution when the parameters are the
same.
x Experiments and correlation of data are expressed in terms of parameters rather
than dimensional quantities.
x Numerical solutions are expressed in terms of parameters rather than dimensional
quantities.

x Local Nusselt number:

Nu x = f ( x * ; Re, Pr , Gr , Ec ) (2.51)
x Special case: negligible buoyancy and dissipation:
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Nu x = f ( x * ; Re, Pr ) (2.52)
x Free convection, negligible dissipation
Nu x = f ( x * ; Gr , Pr ) (2. 53)

2.9 Scale Analysis

x A procedure used to obtain order of magnitude estimates without solving governing
equations.