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Stability and Transition in Shear Flows
1 Introduction and General Results.- 1.1 Introduction.- 1.2 Nonlinear Disturbance Equations.- 1.3 Definition of Stability and Critical Reynolds Numbers.- 1.3.1 Definition of Stability.- 1.3.2
Spectral analysis of nonlinear flows
We present a technique for describing the global behaviour of complex nonlinear flows by decomposing the flow into modes determined from spectral analysis of the Koopman operator, an
Optimal disturbances and bypass transition in boundary layers
Streamwise streaks are ubiquitous in transitional boundary layers, particularly when subjected to high levels of free-stream turbulence. Using the steady boundary-layer approximation, the upstream
Energy growth in viscous channel flows
In recent work it has been shown that there can be substantial transient growth in the energy of small perturbations to plane Poiseuille and Couette flows if the Reynolds number is below the critical
Steady solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations by selective frequency damping
A new method, enabling the computation of steady solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations in globally unstable configurations, is presented. We show that it is possible to reach a steady state by
Transition in boundary layers subject to free-stream turbulence
The effect of high levels of free-stream turbulence on the transition in a Blasius boundary layer is studied by means of direct numerical simulations, where a synthetic turbulent inflow is obtained
Optimal energy density growth in Hagen–Poiseuille flow
Linear stability of incompressible flow in a circular pipe is considered. Use is made of a vector function formulation involving the radial velocity and radial vorticity only. Asymptotic as well as
On stability of streamwise streaks and transition thresholds in plane channel flows
Streak breakdown caused by a spanwise inflectional instability is one phase of the following transition scenarios, which occur in plane Poiseuille and Couette flow. The streamwise vortex scenario is
Direct numerical simulation of a separated turbulent boundary layer
Direct numerical simulation of two turbulent boundary layer flows has been performed. The boundary layers are both subject to a strong adverse pressure gradient. In one case a separation bubble is
On the breakdown of boundary layer streaks
A scenario of transition to turbulence likely to occur during the development of natural disturbances in a flat-plate boundary layer is studied. The perturbations at the leading edge of the flat
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