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Motion of an insulating solid particle near a plane boundary under the action of uniform ambient electric and magnetic fields

A. Sellier

LadHyX. Ecole polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau Cédex, France

This work addresses the wall-particle interactions between a solid and insulating particle immersed above a plane wall in a conducting liquid when subject to ambient uniform electric and magnetic fields. Both for a perfectly conducting or for an insulating wall, attention is paid to the net electromagnetic force and torque exerted on the particle when it is {\it held fixed} and also to the particle rigid-body migration when it is freely suspended in the liquid. A new boundary approach is proposed to obtain those quantities whatever the particle shape and location. The advocated procedure actually reduces the task to the determination of a few surface quantities by inverting seven boundary-integral equations on the particle boundary. The entire procedure is then asymptotically worked out in the case of a perfectly conducting wall for a distant particle, i.e. when the wall--particle gap is much larger than the particle length scale. The derived asmptotic results reveal that the magnitude of the wall--particle interactions deeply depends on the distant particle geometry. In that sense, the results previously obtained by other authors for a distant sphere interacting with an insulating plane wall are far from being general. Tables 1, Figs 1, Refs 11.

Magnetohydrodynamics 51, No. 3, 589-600, 2015 [PDF, 0.12 Mb]

Copyright: Institute of Physics, University of Latvia
Electronic edition ISSN 1574-0579
Printed edition ISSN 0024-998X