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Free-Surface Viscous Flow over a Depression

EasyChair Preprint no. 3893

4 pagesDate: July 16, 2020


The flow of viscous fluid from a line source on an inclined plane containing a topographic depression is studied using a lubrication model. The steady flow is perturbed by the depression. We focus on the regime in which the flow thickness is small relative to the lengthscale of the depression. For shallow depressions, the flow is only slightly perturbed. However, for deeper depressions a large pond of fluid with a horizontal free-surface is observed. This ponding of fluid is associated with the topography having uphill regions, which in the absence of inertia can only be surmounted by developing a deep fluid layer. The accumulation of fluid in the depression leads to a focusing of the flow, which is observed even far downstream of the depression.

Keyphrases: Lava flows, lubrication theory, Viscous flow

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BibTeX does not have the right entry for preprints. This is a hack for producing the correct reference:
  author = {Edward Hinton and Andrew Hogg and Herbert Huppert},
  title = {Free-Surface Viscous Flow over a Depression},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 3893},

  year = {EasyChair, 2020}}
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