Dual Stream Function Visualization of flow Fields Dependent on Two Variables

Zhenquan Li, Gordon Mallinson

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The construction of streamlines is one of the most common methods for visualising fluid motion. Streamlines can be computed from the intersection of two nonparallel stream surfaces, which are iso-surfaces of dual stream functions. Stream surfaces are also useful to isolate part of the flow domain for detailed study. This paper introduces a technique for calculating dual stream functions for momentum fields that are defined analytically and depend on only two variables. For axi-symmetric flows, one of the dual stream functions is the well-known Stokes stream function. The analysis reduces the problem from the solution of partial differential equations to the solution of two ordinary differential equations. Example applications include the Moffat [17] vortex bubble, for which new solutions are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalComputing and Visualization in Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


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