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Reynolds-number-independent instability of the boundary layer over a flat surface: Optimal perturbations. (English) Zbl 0959.76022
Summary: The dependence on initial conditions of the three-dimensional algebraic spatial instability of the Blasius boundary layer is examined by a recently developed method of receptivity analysis based on the upstream integration of adjoint equations. This method allows us to determine optimal perturbations, i.e. initial perturbations that maximize the energy growth, even in the wavenumber range where the problem is not amenable to a mode analysis.

76E05 Parallel shear flows in hydrodynamic stability
76D10 Boundary-layer theory, separation and reattachment, higher-order effects
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