On the Hydrodynamics of Accretion Discs - Part One - an Examination of a Standard Boundary Condition
The widely used boundary condition on the tangential stress in accretion discs is discussed and found wanting on a number of counts. In particular, it is shown that the value of the viscous energy dissipation calculated from it is unphysical. An alternative boundary condition is suggested. Using this, it is found that the energy balance in the disc places certain restrictions on the rotational velocity in the disc. It seems unlikely that the latter could be of the Keplerian form.