Asymptotic Analysis of Acoustic Waves in a Porous Medium: Microincompressible Flow

Jose Diaz-Alban, Nader Masmoudi

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This is the second in a series of three papers that studies acoustic waves governed by the linearized compressible 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. The presence of time-space boundary layers decouples the flow into an incompressible (that we call microincompressible) and an acoustic part (that we call micro-acoustic) on the microscopic scale. While this paper employs the two-scale methods used in our first paper [10], the present boundary layer phenomenon requires additional weak convergence tools. Using the Bloch decomposition, we introduce modified Helmholtz operators, enabling us to split the flow into its microincompressible and microacoustic parts. Closed equations for the microincompressible flow are obtained using two-scale convergence, while closed equations for the microacoustic flow are given in our forthcoming paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2125-2167
Number of pages43
JournalCommunications in Partial Differential Equations
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2014


  • Acoustic waves
  • Bloch decomposition
  • Boundary layers
  • Compressible Navier-Stokes
  • Porous medium
  • Stokes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics


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