where Ω represents the control volume. Since this equation must hold for any control volume, it must be true that the integrand is zero, from this the Cauchy momentum equation follows. The main step (not done above) in deriving this equation is establishing that the derivative of the stress tensor is one of the forces that constitutes Fi.
Cauchy equations can also be put in the following form:
Cauchy momentum equation(conservation form)
simply by defining:
where j is the momentum density at the point considered in the continuum (for which the continuity equation holds), F is the flux associated to the momentum density, and s contains all of the body forces per unit volume. u ⊗ u is the dyad of the velocity.
Here j and s have same number of dimensions N as the flow speed and the body acceleration, while F, being a tensor, has N2.[note 1]
In the Eulerian forms it is apparent that the assumption of no deviatoric stress brings Cauchy equations to the Euler equations.
An example of convective acceleration. The flow is steady (time-independent), but the fluid decelerates as it moves down the diverging duct (assuming incompressible or subsonic compressible flow).
A significant feature of the Navier–Stokes equations is the presence of convective acceleration: the effect of time-independent acceleration of a flow with respect to space. While individual continuum particles indeed experience time dependent acceleration, the convective acceleration of the flow field is a spatial effect, one example being fluid speeding up in a nozzle.
Regardless of what kind of continuum is being dealt with, convective acceleration is a nonlinear effect. Convective acceleration is present in most flows (exceptions include one-dimensional incompressible flow), but its dynamic effect is disregarded in creeping flow (also called Stokes flow). Convective acceleration is represented by the nonlinear quantity u · ∇u, which may be interpreted either as (u · ∇)u or as u · (∇u), with ∇u the tensor derivative of the velocity vector u. Both interpretations give the same result.
The convection term can be written as (u · ∇)u, where u · ∇ is the advection operator. This representation can be contrasted to the one in terms of the tensor derivative.
The tensor derivative ∇u is the component-by-component derivative of the velocity vector, defined by [∇u]mi = ∂m vi, so that
where the Feynman subscript notation ∇a is used, which means the subscripted gradient operates only on the factor a.
Lamb in his famous classical book Hydrodynamics (1895), still in print, used this identity to change the convective term of the flow velocity in rotational form, i.e. without a tensor derivative:[full citation needed]
where the vector is called the Lamb vector. The Cauchy momentum equation becomes:
The effect of stress in the continuum flow is represented by the ∇p and ∇ · τ terms; these are gradients of surface forces, analogous to stresses in a solid. Here ∇p is the pressure gradient and arises from the isotropic part of the Cauchy stress tensor. This part is given by the normal stresses that occur in almost all situations. The anisotropic part of the stress tensor gives rise to ∇ · τ, which usually describes viscous forces; for incompressible flow, this is only a shear effect. Thus, τ is the deviatoric stress tensor, and the stress tensor is equal to:[full citation needed]
where I is the identity matrix in the space considered and τ the shear tensor.
The divergence of the stress tensor can be written as
The effect of the pressure gradient on the flow is to accelerate the flow in the direction from high pressure to low pressure.
As written in the Cauchy momentum equation, the stress terms p and τ are yet unknown, so this equation alone cannot be used to solve problems. Besides the equations of motion—Newton's second law—a force model is needed relating the stresses to the flow motion. For this reason, assumptions based on natural observations are often applied to specify the stresses in terms of the other flow variables, such as velocity and density.
The vector field g represents body forces per unit mass. Typically, these consist of only gravity acceleration, but may include others, such as electromagnetic forces. In non-inertial coordinate frames, other "inertial accelerations" associated with rotating coordinates may arise.
Often, these forces may be represented as the gradient of some scalar quantity χ, with g = ∇χ in which case they are called conservative forces. Gravity in the z direction, for example, is the gradient of −ρgz. Because pressure from such gravitation arises only as a gradient, we may include it in the pressure term as a body force h = p − χ. The pressure and force terms on the right-hand side of the Navier–Stokes equation become
In order to make the equations dimensionless, a characteristic length r0 and a characteristic velocity u0 need to be defined. These should be chosen such that the dimensionless variables are all of order one. The following dimensionless variables are thus obtained:
Substitution of these inverted relations in the Euler momentum equations yields:
^In 3D for example, with respect to some coordinate system, the vector j has 3 components, while the tensors σ and F have 9 (3x3), so the explicit forms written as matrices would be:
Note, however, that if symmetrical, F will only contain 6 degrees of freedom. And F's symmetry is equivalent to σ's symmetry (which will be present for the most common Cauchy stress tensors), since dyads of vectors with themselves are always symmetrical.