Flux of a Vector Field

  • Antonio Galbis
  • Manuel Maestre
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Abstract

In this chapter we concentrate on aspects of vector calculus. A common physical application of this theory is the fluid flow problem of calculating the amount of fluid passing through a permeable surface. The abstract generalization of this leads us to the flux of a vector field through a regular 2-surface in \(\mathbb{R}^3\). More precisely, let the vector field F in \(\mathbb{R}^3\) represent the velocity vector field of a fluid. We immerse a permeable surface S in that fluid, and we are interested in the amount of fluid flow across the surface S per unit time. This is the flux integral of the vector field F across the surface S

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Galbis
    • 1
  • Manuel Maestre
    • 1
  1. 1.Depto. Análisis MatemáticoUniversidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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