PHYS-8901/9000, Georgia Institute of Technology
Predrag Cvitanović and John F. Gibson
Spring semester 2009, Tu 12:05-1:25 in Howey W505
New connections between turbulence and nonlinear dynamical systems theory have recently been opened by the discovery of exact equilibria, traveling waves, and periodic orbits of the Navier-Stokes equations above the onset of turbulence; for a tour of this recently breached territory see www.chaosbook.org/tutorials. The study group will explore these solutions and chart out the state-space dynamics of turbulence, using the www.channelflow.org numerical analysis software for plane Couette and Poiseuille flow.
The GaTech world domination of the wall-bounded shear flows is assured once this study group's enlistees seize the time, get into the trenches and start multishooting.
The study group is aimed at PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and advanced undergraduates in physics, mathematics, chemistry and engineering.