Global Stability Analysis of 2-D Flows with Closed Separation Bubbles

Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics (NNFM) book series (NONUFM, volume 40)


The work presented here describes the investigations of the non-parallel flow stability. The numerical results consist of ones obtained for the circular cylinder, ellipsis and airfoil. For the circular cylinder the critical Reynolds number was sought. The investigation of the eigenvector pattern near the cylinder showed the difference between the flow below and above the critical Reynolds number.

The most important conclusion from this study is that both, the onset of the Karman vortex street and the Tollmien-Schlichting wave are two different aspects of the same phenomenon, represented by non-parallel flow stability theory. The Tollmien-Schlichting wave and the wake instability are two different eigensolutions of the same problem. This conclusion changes significantly the range of possible applications of the non-parallel theory. However, the new demands considering numerical method have to be fulfilled.


Reynolds Number Circular Cylinder Stream Function Critical Reynolds Number Wake Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hermann Föttinger—InstitutTechnische UniversitätBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Abteilung TurbulenzforschungDLRBerlinGermany

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