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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: November 2018

4 - Spatial Stability of Incompressible Flows


Chapter 4 addresses the important topic of spatial instability for spatially evolving flows, such as shear layers, jets and wakes. The chapter starts out with a derivation of Gaster’s transformation that allows spatial growth rates to be computed from temporal growth rates. The chapter also presents a dicussion of absolute and convective instabilites, and of wavepackets. It concludes with a discussion of dicrete and continuous spectra.