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Three-dimensional instability of planar flows

Abstract : We study the stability of two-dimensional solutions of the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations, in the limit of small viscosity. We are interested in steady flows with locally closed streamlines. We consider the so-called elliptic and centrifugal instabilities, which correspond to the continuous spectrum of the underlying linearized Euler operator. Through the justification of highly oscillating Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin expansions, we prove the nonlinear instability of such flows. The main difficulty is the control of nonoscillating and nonlocal perturbations issued from quadratic interactions.
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François Gallaire, David Gérard-Varet, Frédéric Rousset. Three-dimensional instability of planar flows. Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Springer Verlag, 2007, 186 (3), pp.423-475. ⟨hal-00458139⟩



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