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Title: Hydroelastic stability and wave propagation in fluid-filled channels
Author: Deacon, Neil P.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5352 2320
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2014
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In this thesis analytical and numerical methods are used to investigate the stability and propagation of waves in various fluid-filled elastic-walled channels. In Chapter 2 a linear temporal stability analysis is performed for various channel wall configurations, the results of which are compared to determine how different physical effects contribute to the stability. In Chapter 3 a linear spatial stability analysis is performed for flow between linear plates, this is a limiting case of the wall configuration in Chapter 2. Roots of the dispersion relation are found and their stability and direction of propagation determined. Chapters 4 and 5 focus on the propagation of nonlinear waves on liquid sheets between thin infinite elastic plates. Both linear and nonlinear models are used for the elastic plates. One-dimensional time-dependent equations are derived based on a long wavelength approximation. Symmetric and antisymmetric travelling waves are found with the linear plate model and symmetric travelling waves are found for the fully nonlinear case. Numerical simulations are employed to study the evolution in time of initial disturbances and to compare the different models used. Nonlinear effects are found to decrease the travelling wave speed compared with linear models. At sufficiently large amplitude of initial disturbances, higher order temporal oscillations induced by nonlinearity can lead to thickness of the liquid sheet approaching zero. Finally, in Chapter 6, an extension of the model from Chapters 4 and 5 is considered, the elasticities of the two channel walls are allowed to differ. The effect of this difference is determined through a mix of techniques and the limiting case of one wall having no elasticity is discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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