Hele-Shaw flow with a point sink: Generic solution breakdown

L. J. Cummings, J. R. King

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations


Recent numerical evidence suggests that in the Hele-Shaw suction problem with vanishingly small surface tension γ, the free boundary generically approaches the sink in a wedge-like configuration, blow-up occurring when the wedge apex reaches the sink. Sometimes two or more such wedges approach the sink simultaneously. We construct a family of solutions to the zero-surface tension (ZST) problem in which fluid is injected at the (coincident) apices of an arbitrary number N of identical infinite wedges, of arbitrary angle. The time reversed suction problem then models what is observed numerically with non-zero surface tension. We conjecture that (for a given value of N) a particular member of this family of ZST solutions, with special complex plane singularity structure, is selected in the limit γ → 0.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-37
Number of pages37
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Hele-Shaw flow with a point sink: Generic solution breakdown'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this