On Formal Stability of Stratified Shear Flows

  • Hirofumi Sakuma

    JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan
  • Yasuhide Fukumoto

    Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan


A novel linear stability criterion is established for the equilibria of general three-dimensional (3D) rotating flows of an ideal gas satisfying Boyle-Charles\rq\ law by a newly refined energy-Casimir convexity (ECC) method that can exploit a larger class of Casimir invariants. As a conventional ECC method cannot be applied directly to stratified shear flows, in our new approach, rathern than checking the local convexity of a Lyapunov functional LE+CEL\equiv E+C_{E} defined as a sum of the total energy and a ceratin Casimir, we seek the condition for non-existence of unstable manifolds: orbits (physically realisable flow in phase space) on the leaves of invariants including LL as well as other Casimirs connecting a given equilibrium point OO and other points in the neighbourhood of it. We argue that the separatrices of the second variation of LL (δ2L=0\delta^{2}L=0) generally consist of such unstable manifolds as well as pseudo unstable ones for which either the total energy or Casimirs actually serves as a barrier for escaping orbits. The significance of new method lies in the fact that it eliminates the latter so as to derive a condition that OO being an isolated equilibrium point in terms of orbital connections.

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Hirofumi Sakuma, Yasuhide Fukumoto, On Formal Stability of Stratified Shear Flows. Publ. Res. Inst. Math. Sci. 51 (2015), no. 4, pp. 605–633

DOI 10.4171/PRIMS/166