The linear stability of slip channel flows

Silvia Ceccacci, S. A. W. Calabretto, Christian Thomas, Jim Denier

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A linear stability investigation is undertaken on the two-dimensional flow that develops in a channel whose walls are coated with a superhydrophobic material. The surfaces are modeled as classical slip surfaces, exploiting a linear Navier slip condition imposed on the channel walls. Both symmetric and asymmetric slip walls are considered, whereby the linearized stability of the flow is determined via an Orr-Sommerfeld normal-mode approach. In both instances, the application of slip establishes a significant stabilizing effect and increases the critical Reynolds number associated with the onset of linearly unstable behavior. Indeed, for sufficiently large slip lengths, the upper and lower branches of the neutral stability curve coalesce. Consequently, the flow becomes linearly stable to all disturbances for all wavelengths and Reynolds numbers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number074103
Pages (from-to)074103-1-074103-10
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2022


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