The Navier–Stokes equations, named after Claude-Louis Navier and George Gabriel Stokes, describe the motion of fluid substances, that is substances which can flow. These equations arise from applying Newton’s second law to fluid motion, together with the assumption that the fluid stress is the sum of a diffusing viscous term (proportional to the gradient of velocity), plus a pressure term.
They are exceptionally useful because they describe the physics of many things of academic and economic interest. They may be used to model the weather, ocean currents, water flow in a pipe, the air’s flow around a wing, and motion of stars inside a galaxy. The Navier–Stokes equations in their full and simplified forms help with the design of aircraft and cars, the study of blood flow, the design of power stations, the analysis of pollution, and many other things. Coupled with Maxwell’s equations they can be used to model and study magnetohydrodynamics.
The Navier–Stokes equations are also of great interest in a purely mathematical sense. Somewhat surprisingly, given their wide range of practical uses, mathematicians have not yet proven that in three dimensions solutions always exist (existence), or that if they do exist, then they do not contain any singularity (or infinity or discontinuity) (smoothness). These are called the Navier–Stokes existence and smoothness problems.
Reference : Navier Stokes Equation at Wikipedia
Here are some websites on Navier Stokes Equation in Cylindrical Coordinates.
- WikiAnswers – What is the derivation of Navier-Stokes equation in cylindrical coordinates for incompressible flow – Numerical Analysis and Simulation question: What is the derivation of Navier-Stokes equation in cylindrical coordinates for incompressible flow?
- Conversion from Cartesian to Cylindrical Coordinates – Conversion from Cartesian to Cylindrical Coordinates Calculus
- A formulation of Navier Stokes problem in cylindrical coordinates applied to the 3D entry jet in a duct – ScienceDirect – Journal of Computational Physics
- Fluid Dynamics and the Navier-Stokes Equations – Fluid Dynamics and the Navier-Stokes Equations
- Navier Stokes Equation – Navier Stokes Equation
- Navier-Stokes equations – Facts, Discussion Forum, and Encyclopedia Article
- Navier-Stokes equations – Example Problems – Solved Problems on Navier Stokes Equation Cylindrical Coordinates
The Navier-Stokes equations dictate not position but rather velocity. A solution of the Navier-Stokes equations is called a velocity field or flow field, which is a description of the velocity of the fluid at a given point in space and time. Once the velocity field is solved for, other quantities of interest (such as flow rate or drag force) may be found.
This is different from what one normally sees in classical mechanics, where solutions are typically trajectories of position of a particle or deflection of a continuum. Studying velocity instead of position makes more sense for a fluid, however for visualization purposes one can compute various trajectories.