Incompressible fluids in thin domains with navier friction boundary conditions (II)

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We study the Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible fluids in a three-dimensional thin two-layer domain whose top, bottom and interface boundaries are not flat. In addition to the Navier friction boundary conditions on the top and bottom boundaries of the domain, and the periodicity condition on the sides, the fluid velocities are subject to an interface boundary condition which relates the normal stress of each fluid to the relative velocity between them on the common boundary. We prove that the strong solutions exist for all time if the initial data and body force, measured in relevant norms, are appropriately large as the domain becomes very thin. In our analysis, the interface boundary condition is interpreted as a variation of the Navier boundary conditions containing an interaction part. The effect of that interaction on the Stokes operator and the nonlinear term of the Navier-Stokes equations is expressed and carefully estimated in different ways in order to obtain suitable inequalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-395
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Mathematical Fluid Mechanics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Interface boundary value problem
  • Navier boundary conditions
  • Navier-Stokes equations
  • Strong solution
  • Thin domain


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