Numerical modelling of axisymmetric electromagnetically driven flows in thin layers


  • Sergey A. Suslov Department of Mathematics, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Sergio Cuevas Instituto de Energias Renovables, Uneversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico



electrolyte flow, rotating flow


We present the results of the numerical modelling of deceptively simple steady axisymmetric electromagnetically driven flows in thin disk-like layers of a weakly conducting electrolyte. The fluid motion is caused by an azimuthally acting Lorentz force appearing when a radial current flows in the electrolyte layer placed on top of a magnet with a vertical polarisation. The small layer thickness and the circumferential direction of the driving force suggest that the flow in such a system should be essentially uni-directional. However, it was found that not only is the flow fully three-dimensional, but multiple solutions can exist for the same set of governing parameters. References
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Author Biography

Sergey A. Suslov, Department of Mathematics, Swinburne University of Technology

Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics, Deputy Head of the Department of Mathematics





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