Strong echo effect and nonlinear transient growth in shear flows

J Vanneste, P J Morrison, T Warn

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The nonlinear interaction of two disturbances excited successively in a two-dimensional Couette flow is shown to lead to a transient energy growth. This phenomenon, which is called the echo effect and exists in several other physical systems, is interesting because the energy growth appears long after the energy associated with the original disturbances has decayed. Here, the echo effect is studied analytically and numerically in a situation where the nonlinear response has the same order of magnitude as the two excitations. A system of amplitude equations describing the nonlinear interactions between three sheared modes is derived and employed to examine the physical mechanism of the echo. The qualitative validity of this system is confirmed by numerical simulations. The influence of viscous dissipation on the echo effect is also considered. (C) 1998 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1398-1404
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998

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