Spatial theory of optimal disturbances in a circular pipe flow

Eli Reshotko, Anatoli Tumin

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Abstract

A spatial theory of linear transient growth for disturbances in a circular pipe is presented. Following from the consideration of a signaling problem, the spatial development of disturbances downstream of a source may be presented as a sum of decaying eigenmodes. Therefore, the problem of optimal disturbances in the pipe flow may be considered as an initial value problem on the subset of the downstream decaying eigenmodes, and a standard optimization procedure may be applied for evaluation of the optimal transient growth. Examples are presented for spatial transient growth of axisymmetric and nonaxisymmetric disturbances. It is shown that stationary disturbances may achieve more significant transient growth than nonstationary ones. The maximum of the transient growth exists at azimuthal index m = 1 for stationary perturbations, whereas nonstationary perturbations may achieve their maxima at higher azimuthal indices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-996
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Spatial theory of optimal disturbances in a circular pipe flow. / Reshotko, Eli; Tumin, Anatoli.

In: Physics of Fluids, Vol. 13, No. 4, 04.2001, p. 991-996.

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