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Institute of Computational and Theoretical Studies
Department of Mathematics

Stability of Laminar Shear Flow

Professor Weinan E

Peking University and Princeton University
Institute of Physics Fellow
SIAM Fellow
Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences



Date: 21 March 2013 (Thursday)

4:30pm - 5:30pm (Preceded by Reception at 4:00pm)


RRS905, Sir Run Run Shaw Building,
Ho Sin Hang Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University



In 1883, Reynolds published his classical work on the experimental study of the stability of shear shows. Since then the issue of the critical Reynolds number at which laminar flows become unstable has been studied by numerous people, including Sommerfeld, Heisenberg, C. C. Lin, Orazag, and more recently, Trefethen, Hof, Barkley, Eckhardt, etc. Despite this great deal of effort, the theoretical question as to how the critical Reynolds number should be determined still remains open. In this talk, we present an approach using ideas drawn from statistical physics and large deviation theory.

This is joint work with Xiaoliang Wan and Haijun Yu.




All are welcome