Analysis of transient growth using an orthogonal decomposition of the velocity field in the Orr-Sommerfeld Squire equations

Abstract

Despite remarkable accomplishment, the classical hydrodynamic stability theory fails to predict transition in wall-bounded shear flow. The shortcoming of this modal approach was found 20 years ago and is linked to the non-orthogonality of the eigen-modes of the linearised problem, defined by the Orr Sommerfeld and Squire equations. The associated eigenmodes of this linearised problem are the normal velocity and the normal vorticity eigenmodes, which are not dimensionally homogeneous quantities. Thus non-orthogonality condition between these two families of eigenmodes have not been clearly demonstrated yet. Using an orthogonal decomposition of solenoidal velocity fields, a velocity perturbation is expressed as an L 2 orthogonal sum of an Orr Sommerfeld velocity field (function of the perturbation normal velocity) and a Squire velocity field (function of the perturbation normal vorticity). Using this decomposition , a variational formulation of the linearised problem is written, that is equivalent to the Orr Sommerfeld and Squire equations, but whose eigenmodes consist of two families of velocity eigenmodes (thus dimensionally homogeneous). We demonstrate that these two sets are non-orthogonal and linear combination between them can produce large transient growth. Using this new formulation, the link between optimal mode and continuous mode transition will also be clarified, as the role of direct resonance. Numerical solutions are presented to illustrate the analysis in the case of thin boundary layers developing between two parallel walls at large Reynolds number. Characterisations of the destabilizing perturbations will be given in that case.

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@inproceedings{Buffat2013AnalysisOT, title={Analysis of transient growth using an orthogonal decomposition of the velocity field in the Orr-Sommerfeld Squire equations}, author={Marc Buffat and Lionel Le Penven and Insa de Lyon}, year={2013} }