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Navier-Stokes Equations

(NS Equations)
(equations that describe fluid dynamics)

The Navier-Stokes Equations (NS Equations) describe the motion of fluids, relating viscosity, Newtons laws and pressure.

One general form:

ρ(∂v/∂t+v·∇v) = -∇p + ∇·T + f
  • v - flow velocity.
  • ρ - fluid density.
  • p - pressure.
  • T - deviatoric component of the stress tensor.
  • f - body of forces acting on the fluid.

No universally-applicable analytic solution is known so solutions are generally found through computation. For incompressible fluids, the constant density simplifies the equations somewhat.

The pluralization ("Navier-Stokes Equations") may refer to the inclusion of an associated continuity equation, and possibly a form of the equation based upon energy conservation, in addition to the usual form based upon momentum conservation. Or to the fact that momentum conservation form is often broken down into three equations corresponding to the three dimensions. There are also variants of NS equations for compressible versus incompressible fluids.

They are central to Hydrodynamicses, and Magnetohydrodynamics uses a form that adds the forces of Electromagnetism.

(fluid mechanics,hydrodynamics)

Referenced by:
Darcy Velocity Field
General Circulation Model (GCM)
Hydrodynamic Equations
Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
Reynolds Decomposition