The two-phase Couette flow with transpiration through both walls is considered, where there is a constant blowing v0 at the lower wall and a corresponding suction at the upper wall. The interface between both fluids is initially flat and, hence, stays flat as it moves upward at the constant speed of the transpiration velocity v0. The corresponding initial value problem is subject to three dimensionless numbers consisting of the Reynolds number Re and the viscosity and density ratios, ϵ and γ. The solution is obtained by the unified transform method (Fokas method) in the form of an integral representation depending on initial and all boundary values including the Dirichlet and Neumann values at the interface. The unknown values at the moving interface are determined by a system of linear Volterra integral equations (VIEs). The VIEs are of the second kind with continuous and bounded kernels. Hence, the entire two-phase spatiotemporal 1 + 1 system has dimensionally reduced. The system of VIEs is solved via a standard marching method. For the numerical computation of the complex integral contours, a parameterized hyperbola is used. The influence of the dimensionless numbers Re, γ, and ϵ is studied exemplarily. The most notable effect results from ϵ that gives rise to a kink in the velocity at the moving interface. Both ratios, ϵ and γ, allow for very different flow regimes in each fluid phase such as nearly pure Couette flows and transpiration dominated flows with strongly curved velocity profiles. Those regimes are mainly determined by the effective Reynolds number in the respective phases.

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