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1Author    Mohamed Fahmy, El-SayedRequires cookie*
 Title    Electrohydrodynamic Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability of Two Rotating Dielectric Fluids  
 Abstract    A linear stability analysis of a novel electrohydrodynamic Kelvin-Helmholtz system consisting of the superposition of two uniformly rotating dielectric media is presented. The characteristic equation for such an arrangement is derived, which in turn yields a stability criterion for velocity differences of disturbances at a given rotation frequency. The conditions of stability for long and short wave perturbations are obtained, and their dependence on rotation, surface tension and applied electric field is discussed. Limiting cases for vanishing fluid velocities, rotation frequency, and applied electric field are also discussed. Under suitable limits, results of previous works are recovered. A detailed analysis for tangential and normal applied electric fields, in the presence and absence of surface charges, is carried out. 
  Reference    Z. Naturforsch. 53a, 17—26 (1998); received February 27 1997 
  Published    1998 
  Keywords    Hydrodynamic Stability, Electrohydrodynamics, Interfacial Instability, Rotational Flows, Dielectric Fluids 
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 Identifier    ZNA-1998-53a-0017 
 Volume    53 
2Author    M. F. El-Sayed, D. K. CallebautRequires cookie*
 Title    Nonlinear Electrohydrodynamic Stability of Two Superposed Bounded Fluids in the Presence of Interfacial Surface Charges  
 Abstract    The method of multiple scales is used to analyse the nonlinear propagation of waves on the interface between two superposed dielectric fluids with uniform depths in the presence of a normal electric field, taking into account the interfacial surface charges. The evolution of the amplitude for travelling waves is governed by a nonlinear Schrödinger equation which gives the criterion for modulational instability. Numerical results are given in graphical form, and some limiting cases are recovered. Three cases, in the pure hydrodynamical case, depending on whether the depth of the lower fluid is equal to or greater than or smaller than the one of the upper fluid are considered, and the effect of the electric field on the stability regions is determined. It is found that the effect of the electric field is the same in all the cases for small values of the field, and there is a value of the electric field after which the effect differs from case to case. It is also found that the effect of the electric field is stronger in the case where the depth of the lower fluid is larger than the one of the upper fluid. On the other hand, the evolution of the am-plitude for standing waves near the cut-off wavenumber is governed by another type of nonlinear Schrödinger equation with the roles of time and space are interchanged. This equation makes it possible to determine the nonlinear dispersion relation, and the nonlinear effect on the cut-off wavenumber. 
  Reference    Z. Naturforsch. 53a, 217—232 (1998); received January 23 1998 
  Published    1998 
  Keywords    Hydrodynamic Stability, Electrohydrodynamics, Nonlinearity, Interfacial Instability, Dielectric Fluids, Surface Charges 
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 Identifier    ZNA-1998-53a-0217 
 Volume    53