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Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences - Section A

, Volume 72, Issue 3, pp 108-120

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Wave propagation in a micropolar fluid contained in a visco-elastic membrane

  • Renuka RavindranAffiliated withDepartment of Applied Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science
  • , R. Girija DeviAffiliated withDepartment of Applied Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science

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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to investigate the propagation of a pulse in a micropolar fluid contained in a visco-elastic membrane. It was undertaken with a view to study how closely we can approximate the flow of blood in arteries by the above model. We find that for large Reynolds number, the effect of micropolarity is hardly perceptible, whereas for small Reynolds numbers it is of considerable importance.