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VOL. 5 | 2004 Separable Non-Parallel and Unsteady Flow Stability Problems
Georgy I. Burde, Alexander Zhalij

Editor(s) Ivaïlo M. Mladenov, Allen C. Hirshfeld

Geom. Integrability & Quantization, 2004: 131-143 (2004) DOI: 10.7546/giq-5-2004-131-143


The governing equations of the hydrodynamic stability theory are separable only with the parallel steady-state flow assumption, when they can be reduced to an ordinary differential equation, the Orr-Sommerfeld equation. For nonparallel flows, a basic flow and the equations for disturbance flow are dependent on the downstream coordinate so that the corresponding operator does not separate unless certain terms are ignored. If the basic flow is non-steady, this brings about great difficulties in theoretical studies of the instability since the normal modes containing an exponential time factor $\mathbf{exp}\ t$ are not applicable here. The objective of this work was to obtain new results in the problem of linear stability of non-parallel and unsteady flows by applying the recently developed symmetry-based approach to the separation of variables in PDEs with variable coefficients.


Published: 1 January 2004
First available in Project Euclid: 12 June 2015

zbMATH: 1288.76027
MathSciNet: MR2082298

Digital Object Identifier: 10.7546/giq-5-2004-131-143

Rights: Copyright © 2004 Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


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