Application of Sum-of-squares of Polynomials Technique in Fluid Dynamics

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Aeronautics


This PhD project will feature two primary objectives. Firstly, we aim to improve the UODESys toolbox. In
particular, we aim to improve the efficiency of the toolbox and obtain tighter bounds on the X term, which
appears in 2 and hence in the uncertain dynamical system. It is proposed to investigate different methods of
bounding the X term.
One of the main shortcomings of UODESys is that inefficient nested loops are used to implement certain
computations. We will replace nested loops with more efficient vectorised code wherever possible, in order to
speed up the derivation of the uncertain system.
The second primary objective of this research is to apply the SOS optimisation technique to specific fluid
flows. This will be done by first deriving a finite-dimensional (truncated) Galerkin approximation to the NSEs.
The finite Galerkin basis ui will be chosen based on physical considerations. Namely, the finite-dimensional
model should capture all the physical characteristics of the actual fluid flow. The resulting ODE system can
then be analysed. We will focus our efforts on determining the maximum Reynolds number for which a steady
solution of the ODE system is stable using a combination of Lyapunov stability theory and SOS optimisation,
thus enabling us to obtain a stability limit on the Reynolds number that is higher than the energy stability limit.
In addition, for various flows, we would like to derive rigorous bounds on flow characteristics in the turbulent
regime. If required, in both of these applications UODESys will be used to derive a reduced and uncertain ODE
system to reduce computational complexity.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R512540/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
2092930 Studentship EP/R512540/1 01/10/2017 31/03/2021 Mayur Venkatram Lakshmi