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Optimal growth, model reduction and control in a separated boundary-layer flow using global eigenmodes. (English) Zbl 1175.76049
Summary: Two-dimensional global eigenmodes are used as a projection basis both for analysing the dynamics and building a reduced model for control in a prototype separated boundary-layer flow. In the present configuration, a high-aspect-ratio smooth cavity-like geometry confines the separation bubble. Optimal growth analysis using the reduced basis shows that the sum of the highly non-normal global eigenmodes is able to describe a localized disturbance. Subject to this worst-case initial condition, a large transient growth associated with the development of a wavepacket along the shear layer followed by a global cycle related to the two unstable global eigenmodes is found. The flow simulation procedure is coupled to a measurement feedback controller, which senses the wall shear stress at the downstream lip of the cavity and actuates at the upstream lip. A reduced model for the control optimization is obtained by a projection on the least stable global eigenmodes, and the resulting linear-quadratic-Gaussian controller is applied to the Navier-Stokes time integration. It is shown that the controller is able to damp out the global oscillations.

76D55 Flow control and optimization for incompressible viscous fluids
76D10 Boundary-layer theory, separation and reattachment, higher-order effects
76M20 Finite difference methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
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