We propose a modification of the classical Navier-Stokes-Boussinesq system of equations, which governs buoyancy-driven flows of viscous, incompressible fluids. This modification is motivated by unresolved issues regarding the global solvability of the classical system in situations where viscous heating cannot be neglected. A simple model problem leads to a coupled system of two parabolic equations with a source term involving the square of the gradient of one of the unknowns. In the present paper, we establish the local-in-time existence and uniqueness of strong solutions for the model problem. The full system of equations and the global-in-time existence of weak solutions will be addressed in forthcoming work.
"Local strong solutions of a parabolic system related to the Boussinesq approximation for buoyancy-driven flow with viscous heating." Adv. Differential Equations 13 (9-10) 977 - 1000, 2008.