Accession Number : AD0282898

Title :   THE MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC FLOW PAST A NONCONDUCTING FLAT PLATE IN THE PRESENCE OF A TRANSVERSE MAGNETIC FIELD

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : DIX,D.M.

Report Date : 25 APR 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Magnetohydrodynamic flow past a nonconducting flat plate in the presence of transverse magnetic fields is analyzed. The appropriate extension of the Rayleigh problem to the magnetohydrodynamic case yields solutions which correctly predict some features of the steady flow past a semi-infinite flat plate; in addition, the knowledge of these significant features permits an easy evaluation of their magnitudes in other extensions of the Rayleigh problem. The flow past a semi-infinite flat plate is analyzed by two methods. First, by linearizing the governing equations and incorporating the assumption of a low ratio of viscous to magnetic diffusivity, the results for skin friction and the normal component of magnetic field at the plate are obtained, and are shown to be useful in interpreting the character of these low conductivity flows. Second, the complete set of governing equations is formulated as a finite difference problem and solved numerically on a digital computer. The results obtained show that the disturbance produced by the plate is no longer confined to a thin viscous layer if the ratio of viscous to magnetic diffusivity is greater than 1/100, but that an appreciable Alfven type disturbance is excited. (Author)

Descriptors :   *FLUID FLOW, *FLUID MECHANICS, *MAGNETIC FIELDS, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, *SHEETS, DIFFERENCE EQUATIONS, DIGITAL COMPUTERS, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, ELECTROMAGNETIC PROPERTIES, INTENSITY, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES, VELOCITY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE