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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: August 2019

2 - Time-periodic flow of a viscous liquid past a body


We investigate existence, uniqueness and regularity of time-periodic solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations governing the flow of a viscous liquid past a three-dimensional body moving with a time-periodic translational velocity. The net motion of the body over a full time-period is assumed to be non-zero. In this case, the appropriate linearization is the time-periodic Oseen system in a three-dimensional exterior domain. A priori L^q estimates are established for this linearization. Based on these "maximal regularity" estimates, existence and uniqueness of smooth solutions to the fully nonlinear Navier-Stokes problem is obtained by the contraction mapping principle.