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Applied Math Seminar: Susan Friedlander (USC)

October 24 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Title: Kolmogorov, Onsager and a Dyadic Model for Turbulence

Abstract: We will briefly review Kolmogorov’s ( 41) theory of homogeneous turbulence
and Onsager’s ( 49 ) conjecture that in 3-dimensional turbulent flows energy
dissipation might exist even in the limit of vanishing viscosity.

Although over the past 70 years there is a vast body of literature related to this subject,
at present there is no rigorous mathematical proof that the solutions to the Navier-Stokes
equations yield Kolmogorov’s laws. For this reason various models have been introduced
that are more tractable but capture some of the essential features of the Navier-Stokes
equations themselves. We will discuss one such dyadic model for turbulent energy cascades.
We will describe how results can be used to prove this dyadic model is consistent with
Kolmogorov’s theory and Onsager’s conjecture.

Aspects of the work are joint with Alexey Cheskidov, Nathan Glatt-Holtz, Roman Shvydkoy, and Vlad Vicol.


October 24
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
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Heather Zinn Brooks


Shanahan 2407 at Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA 91711 United States + Google Map