A Graphical Technique for Solving the Couette-Poiseuille Problem for Generalized Newtonian Fluids
This paper addresses the mixed Couette-Poiseuille problem, that is the flow between two parallel plates, in the presence of simultaneous pressure gradient and wall motion. Instead of the wall-normal coordinate y, we use the local shear stress as our primary variable and rewrite the corresponding formulae for the velocity profile, flow rate, etc. This gives rise to a graphical technique for solving the problem in the case of arbitrary (possibly measured) generalized Newtonian fluid rheology. We demonstrate the use of the proposed technique on two problems: (a) Bingham fluid and (b) a non-Newtonian fluid with general, nonmonotonous viscosity function.