Instabilities of flows through deformable tubes and channels

26 February 2009
Oliver Jensen
I will provide an overview of theoretical models aimed at understanding how self-excited oscillations arise when flow is driven through a finite-length flexible tube or channel. This problem is approached using a hierarchy of models, from one to three spatial dimensions, combining both computational and asymptotic techniques. I will explain how recent work is starting to shed light on the relationship between local and global instabilities, energy balances and the role of intrinsic hydrodynamic instabilities. This is collaborative work with Peter Stewart, Robert Whittaker, Jonathan Boyle, Matthias Heil and Sarah Waters.
  • Differential Equations and Applications Seminar