Asymptotic analysis of acoustic waves in a porous medium: Initial layers in time

Jose Diaz-Alban, Nader Masmoudi

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This is the first of a series of three papers which study acoustic waves governed by the linearized compressible Navier-Stokes equations in a porous medium. In particular, we want to analyze the simultaneous inviscid and high frequency limits of fluid flows in a porous medium. In this paper, we focus on the case of strongly viscous flow, namely fluid flow without the presence of boundary layers in space. We study the behavior of the energy using two-scale expansions in space and reveal that initial layers in time trap the energy carried by the flow during the usual two-scale homogenization process. We examine the time-space boundary layer problem in our forthcoming works.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-265
Number of pages27
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Acoustic waves
  • Boundary layers
  • Compressible navier-stokes
  • Porous medium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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