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Minimizing transient energy growth in plane Poiseuille flow

By James F. Whidborne, John McKernan and George Papadakis


The feedback control of laminar plane Poiseuille flow is considered. In common with many flows, the dynamics of plane Poiseuille flow is very non-normal. Consequently, small perturbations grow rapidly with a large transient that may trigger non-linearities and lead to turbulence, even though such perturbations would, in a linear flow, eventually decay. This sensitivity can be measured using the maximum transient energy growth. The linearized flow equations are discretized using spectral methods and then considered at one wave-number pair in order to obtain a model of the flow dynamics in a form suitable for advanced control design. State feedback controllers that minimize an upper bound on the maximum transient energy growth are obtained by the repeated solution of a set of linear matrix inequalities. The controllers are tested using a full Navier–Stokes solver, and the transient energy response magnitudes are significantly reduced compared with the uncontrolled ca

Topics: flow control, transient energy growth, linear matrix inequality (LMI), Navier–Stokes, plane Poiseuille flow
Publisher: Professional Engineering Publishing
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1243/09596518JSCE493
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Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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