The Behavior of Solutions of a Nonlinear Boundary Layer Equation

  • Chunqing Lu
  • William C. Troy
Part of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Publications book series (MSRI, volume 13)


We investigate the behavior of solutions of the equation φ′″ +1 -φ + λ(φφ″ - (φ)′2) = 0. This equation arises in modelling large scale ocean circulation with particular emphasis on the behavior of the Gulf Stream. There are two sets of physically interesting boundary conditions, namely φ(0) = φ′(0) = 0 and φ(∞) = 1 (no-slip conditions) or φ(0) = φ′(0) = 0 and φ(∞) = 1 (stress-free conditions). For each of these problems we prove that solutions exist if |λ| is small. However, if λ ≤ -9 then there is no solution of the no-slip problem. If λ ≤ -(2)1/3 then the stress-free problem has no solution.


Banach Space Gulf Stream Maximal Interval Vorticity Equation Nonlinear Diffusion Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chunqing Lu
    • 1
  • William C. Troy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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