In 1980, van Dommelen and Shen provided a numerical simulation that predicted the spontaneous generation of a singularity in the Prandtl boundary layer equations from a smooth initial datum, for a nontrivial Euler background. In this paper we prove this numerical conjecture by rigorously establishing the finite time blowup of the boundary layer thickness.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Boundary layer separation
- Prandtl equations