Instability, Three-dimensional Effects and Transition in Shear Flows

  • J. T. Stuart


The topic of instability of laminar flows and its connection with their transition to turbulence has been expressly with us for over 100 years. During the last few decades it has become increasingly clear that three-dimensionality and non-linearity are of immense importance for transition, and some crucial experiments have been quite central in our understanding. Many theoretical ideas have emerged also, some of which have had a significant influence on the development of the subject. The present lecture considers these experimental and theoretical contributions, and attempts to assess the present state of our understanding, especially in relation to the problem of transition to turbulence.

It is with great pleasure that I dedicate this lecture to Professor J.C. Rotta, who has made so many contributions to the subject of turbulence and to our understanding of it.


Boundary Layer Shear Layer Wave Packet Secondary Flow Critical Reynolds Number 
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  • J. T. Stuart
    • 1
  1. 1.Imperial CollegeLondonUK

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