Travelling-Wave Similarity Solution for Gravity-Driven Rivulet of a Non-Newtonian Fluid

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  • Abstract

    Unsteady travelling-wave similarity solution describing the flow of a slender symmetric rivulet of non-Newtonian power-law fluid down an inclined plane is obtained. The flow is driven by gravity with strong surface-tension effect. The solution predicts that at any time  and position , the rivulet widens or narrows according to , where  is velocity of a rivulet, and the film thickens or thins according to a free parameter , independent of power-law index . The rivulet also has a quartic transverse profile which always has a global maximum at its symmetrical axis.



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    Power-law fluid, Rivulet, Travelling-wave similarity solution, Thin film.

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Article ID: 11208
DOI: 10.14419/ijet.v7i2.15.11208

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