Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 360, Issue 1, pp 55–101 | Cite as

Sedimentation of Inertialess Particles in Stokes Flows

  • Richard M. Höfer


We investigate the sedimentation of a cloud of rigid, spherical particles of identical radii under gravity in a Stokes fluid. Both inertia and rotation of particles are neglected. We consider the homogenization limit of many small particles in the case of a dilute system in which interactions between particles are still important. In the relevant time scale, we rigorously prove convergence of the dynamics to the solution of a macroscopic equation. This macroscopic equation resembles the Stokes equations for a fluid of variable density subject to gravitation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute For Applied MathematicsUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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