The resistance and mobility functions of two equal spheres in low Reynolds number flow
Abstract
The resistance and mobility functions which completely characterize the linear relations between the force, torque and stresslet and the translational and rotational velocities of two spheres in lowReynoldsnumber flow have been calculated using a boundary collocation technique. The ambient velocity field is assumed to be a superposition of a uniform stream and a linear (vorticity and rateofstrain) field. This is the first compilation of accurate expressions for the entire set of functions. Our calculations are in agreement with earlier results for which such results are available. Our technique is successful at all spheresphere separations except at the almosttouching (gaps of less than .005 diameter) configuration. New results for the stresslet functions have been sued to determine Batchelor and Green's (1972) order c square coefficient in the bulkstress (7.1 instead of 7.6). The twosphere functions have also been used to determine the motion of a rigid dumbbell in a linear field. We also show that certain functions have extrema. The source (FORTRAN) code is furnished in the appendix.
 Publication:

Technical Summary Report Wisconsin Univ
 Pub Date:
 August 1984
 Bibcode:
 1984wisc.reptR....K
 Keywords:

 Boundary Layer Flow;
 Functions (Mathematics);
 Low Reynolds Number;
 Spheres;
 Coefficients;
 Computation;
 Linear Systems;
 Mobility;
 Strain Distribution;
 Vortices;
 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer