TY - JOUR

T1 - Dynamics near the Subcritical Transition of the 3D Couette Flow I

T2 - Below Threshold Case

AU - Bedrossian, Jacob

AU - Germain, Pierre

AU - Masmoudi, Nader

N1 - Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 American Mathematical Society.

PY - 2020/7

Y1 - 2020/7

N2 - We study small disturbances to the periodic, plane Couette flow in the 3D incompressible Navier-Stokes equations at high Reynolds number Re. We prove that for sufficiently regular initial data of size_≤ c0Re-1 for some universal c0 > 0, the solution is global, remains within O(c0) of the Couette flow in L2, and returns to the Couette flow as t→∞. For times t_Re1/3, the streamwise dependence is damped by a mixing-enhanced dissipation effect and the solution is rapidly attracted to the class of "2.5 dimensional"streamwise-independent solutions referred to as streaks. Our analysis contains perturbations that experience a transient growth of kinetic energy from O(Re-1) to O(c0) due to the algebraic linear instability known as the lift-up effect. Furthermore, solutions can exhibit a direct cascade of energy to small scales. The behavior is very different from the 2D Couette flow, in which stability is independent of Re, enstrophy experiences a direct cascade, and inviscid damping is dominant (resulting in a kind of inverse energy cascade). In 3D, inviscid damping will play a role on one component of the velocity, but the primary stability mechanism is the mixing-enhanced dissipation. Central to the proof is a detailed analysis of the interplay between the stabilizing effects of the mixing and enhanced dissipation and the destabilizing effects of the lift-up effect, vortex stretching, and weakly nonlinear instabilities connected to the non-normal nature of the linearization.

AB - We study small disturbances to the periodic, plane Couette flow in the 3D incompressible Navier-Stokes equations at high Reynolds number Re. We prove that for sufficiently regular initial data of size_≤ c0Re-1 for some universal c0 > 0, the solution is global, remains within O(c0) of the Couette flow in L2, and returns to the Couette flow as t→∞. For times t_Re1/3, the streamwise dependence is damped by a mixing-enhanced dissipation effect and the solution is rapidly attracted to the class of "2.5 dimensional"streamwise-independent solutions referred to as streaks. Our analysis contains perturbations that experience a transient growth of kinetic energy from O(Re-1) to O(c0) due to the algebraic linear instability known as the lift-up effect. Furthermore, solutions can exhibit a direct cascade of energy to small scales. The behavior is very different from the 2D Couette flow, in which stability is independent of Re, enstrophy experiences a direct cascade, and inviscid damping is dominant (resulting in a kind of inverse energy cascade). In 3D, inviscid damping will play a role on one component of the velocity, but the primary stability mechanism is the mixing-enhanced dissipation. Central to the proof is a detailed analysis of the interplay between the stabilizing effects of the mixing and enhanced dissipation and the destabilizing effects of the lift-up effect, vortex stretching, and weakly nonlinear instabilities connected to the non-normal nature of the linearization.

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U2 - 10.1090/memo/1294

DO - 10.1090/memo/1294

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85091516411

SN - 0065-9266

VL - 266

SP - 1

EP - 170

JO - Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society

JF - Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society

IS - 1294

ER -