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Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Feb 25;106(8):084501. Epub 2011 Feb 22.

Generalized Basset-Boussinesq-Oseen equation for unsteady forces on a sphere in a compressible flow.

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  • 1Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.


Viscous compressible flow around a sphere is considered in the limit of zero Reynolds and Mach numbers. An exact expression for the force on the sphere undergoing arbitrary motion with compressibility effects is presented. Quasisteady, inviscid-unsteady, and viscous-unsteady force components are identified. Numerical results are in excellent agreement with the theory. The present formulation offers an explicit expression for the unsteady force in the time domain and can be considered as a generalization of the Basset-Boussinesq-Oseen equation to compressible flow.

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