The spatio-temporal impulse response of the linearized Navier-Stokes equations

M. Jovanović, B. Bamieh

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In this paper, we perform an input-output analysis of the linearized Navier-Stokes equations by investigating their spatio-temporal 'impulse response'. Our first motivation for this problem comes from experimental work, where transition to turbulence is observed to occur either naturally, with so-called 'turbulent spots', or when these spots are intentionally induced in the flow by deliberate external excitation, which can be modeled as a spatio-temporal impulse body force in the Navier-Stokes equations. We compare this computed spatio-temporal impulse response to observed characteristics of turbulent spots and find significant qualitative agreement. Our other motivation is to fully probe the dynamics of the linearized equations, and we find that they exhibit rich and complex structures hitherto unseen by other analysis methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1948-1953
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the American Control Conference
StatePublished - 2001
Event2001 American Control Conference - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2001Jun 27 2001

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