Aerospace & Mechanical

Seminar Announcement

Dynamics and Control of Wall-Bounded Shear Flows

Mihailo Jovanovic


Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering
Los Angeles, CA

Understanding and controlling transition to turbulence is one of the most important problems in fluid mechanics. In the first part of the talk, techniques from control theory are used to examine the early stages of transition in wall-bounded shear flows. We demonstrate high sensitivity of the flow equations to modeling imperfections and show that control theory can be used not only to design flow control algorithms but also to provide valuable insights into the transition mechanisms.

In the second part of the talk, we examine the efficacy of streamwise traveling waves generated by surface blowing and suction for controlling the onset of turbulence in a channel flow. For small amplitude actuation, we utilize weakly-nonlinear analysis to determine base flow modifications and to assess the resulting net power balance. Sensitivity analysis of the velocity fluctuations around this base flow is then employed to design the traveling waves. Our simulation-free approach reveals that, relative to the flow with no control, the downstream traveling waves with properly designed speed and frequency can significantly reduce sensitivity which makes them well-suited for controlling the onset of turbulence. In contrast, the velocity fluctuations around the upstream traveling waves exhibit larger sensitivity to disturbances. Our theoretical predictions, obtained by perturbation analysis (in the wave amplitude) of the linearized Navier-Stokes equations, are verified using simulations of the nonlinear flow dynamics. These show that a positive net efficiency as large as 25% relative to the uncontrolled turbulent flow can be achieved with downstream waves. We conclude that the theory developed for the linearized flow equations with uncertainty has considerable ability to predict full-scale phenomena.

Mihailo Jovanovic is a professor of Electrical Engineering and the founding director of the Center for Systems and Control at the University of Southern California. He was a faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, from December 2004 until January 2017, and has held visiting positions with Stanford University and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. His current research focuses on design of controller architectures, dynamics and control of fluid flows, and fundamental limitations in the control of large networks of dynamical systems. He serves as an Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Vice Chair of the APS External Affairs Committee, and had served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board from July 2006 until December 2010. Prof. Jovanovic received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2013, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from UC Santa Barbara in 2014.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
3:30 PM
Seaver Science Library, Room 150 (SSL 150)

Refreshments will be served at 3:15 pm.