On the subcritical transition of the 3D Couette flow

Monday, February 8, 2016 -
3:15pm to 4:30pm
We discuss the dynamics of small perturbations of the plane, periodic Couette flow in the 3D incompressible Navier-Stokes equations at high Reynolds number. For sufficiently regular initial data, we determine the stability threshold for small perturbations and characterize the long time dynamics of solutions near this threshold. For rougher data, we obtain an estimate of the stability threshold which agrees closely with numerical experiments. The primary linear stability mechanism is an anisotropic enhanced dissipation resulting from the mixing caused by the large mean shear; the main linear instability is a non-normal instability known as the lift-up effect. Understanding the variety of nonlinear resonances and devising the correct norms to estimate them form the core of the analysis we undertake. Joint work with Pierre Germain and Nader Masmoudi.
Jacob Bedrossian
University of Maryland
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 110