TY - JOUR

T1 - Enhanced Dissipation and Inviscid Damping in the Inviscid Limit of the Navier–Stokes Equations Near the Two Dimensional Couette Flow

AU - Bedrossian, Jacob

AU - Masmoudi, Nader

AU - Vicol, Vlad

N1 - Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the following people for references and suggestions: Margaret Beck, Steve Childress, Peter Constantin, Pierre Germain, Yan Guo and Gene Wayne. The work of JB was in part supported by NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences DMS-1103765 and NSF Grant DMS-1413177, the work of NM was in part supported by the NSF Grant DMS-1211806, while the work of VV was in part supported by the NSF Grant DMS-1348193.

PY - 2016/3/1

Y1 - 2016/3/1

N2 - In this work we study the long time inviscid limit of the two dimensional Navier–Stokes equations near the periodic Couette flow. In particular, we confirm at the nonlinear level the qualitative behavior predicted by Kelvin’s 1887 linear analysis. At high Reynolds number Re, we prove that the solution behaves qualitatively like two dimensional Euler for times t≲Re1/3, and in particular exhibits inviscid damping (for example the vorticity weakly approaches a shear flow). For times t≳Re1/3, which is sooner than the natural dissipative time scale O(Re), the viscosity becomes dominant and the streamwise dependence of the vorticity is rapidly eliminated by an enhanced dissipation effect. Afterwards, the remaining shear flow decays on very long time scales t≳Re back to the Couette flow. When properly defined, the dissipative length-scale in this setting is ℓD∼Re-1/3, larger than the scale ℓD∼Re-1/2 predicted in classical Batchelor–Kraichnan two dimensional turbulence theory. The class of initial data we study is the sum of a sufficiently smooth function and a small (with respect to Re−1) L2 function.

AB - In this work we study the long time inviscid limit of the two dimensional Navier–Stokes equations near the periodic Couette flow. In particular, we confirm at the nonlinear level the qualitative behavior predicted by Kelvin’s 1887 linear analysis. At high Reynolds number Re, we prove that the solution behaves qualitatively like two dimensional Euler for times t≲Re1/3, and in particular exhibits inviscid damping (for example the vorticity weakly approaches a shear flow). For times t≳Re1/3, which is sooner than the natural dissipative time scale O(Re), the viscosity becomes dominant and the streamwise dependence of the vorticity is rapidly eliminated by an enhanced dissipation effect. Afterwards, the remaining shear flow decays on very long time scales t≳Re back to the Couette flow. When properly defined, the dissipative length-scale in this setting is ℓD∼Re-1/3, larger than the scale ℓD∼Re-1/2 predicted in classical Batchelor–Kraichnan two dimensional turbulence theory. The class of initial data we study is the sum of a sufficiently smooth function and a small (with respect to Re−1) L2 function.

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U2 - 10.1007/s00205-015-0917-3

DO - 10.1007/s00205-015-0917-3

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84954387562

VL - 219

SP - 1087

EP - 1159

JO - Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

JF - Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

SN - 0003-9527

IS - 3

ER -