Geophysical Aspects of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics

  • N. J. Balmforth
  • R. V. Craster
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 582)


Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics is a vast subject that has several journals partly, or primarily, dedicated to its investigation (Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Rheologica Acta, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Rheology, amongst others). It is an area of active research, both for industrial fluid problems and for applications elsewhere, notably geophysically motivated issues such as the flow of lava and ice, mud slides, snow avalanches and debris flows. The main motivation for this research activity is that, apart from some annoyingly common fluids such as air and water, virtually no fluid is actually Newtonian (that is, havinga simple linear relation between stress and strain-rate characterized by a constant viscosity). Several textbooks are useful sources of information; for example, [1],[2],[3] are standard texts giving mathematical and engineering perspectives upon the subject. In these lecture notes, Ancey’s chapter on rheology (Chap. 3) gives further introduction.


Debris Flow Maxwell Model Emulsion Droplet Snow Avalanche Carreau Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. J. Balmforth
    • 1
  • R. V. Craster
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, School of EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsImperial College of Science, Technology and MedicineLondonUK

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