Some problems about shear flow instability

PDE Seminar
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 15:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 255
School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech
Shear flow instability is a classical problem in hydrodynamics. In particular, it is important for understanding the transition from laminar to turbulent flow.  First, I will describe some results on shear flow instability in the setting of inviscid flows in a rigid wall. Then the effects of a free surface (or water waves) and viscosity will be discussed.