Nemtsov's Problem

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We consider a problem of stability of a membrane of an infinite span and a finite
chord length, submerged in a uniform flow of finite depth with free surface. In
the shallow water approximation, Nemtsov (1985) has shown that an infinite-chord membrane is susceptible to flutter instability due to excitation of long gravity waves on the free surface if the velocity of the flow exceeds the phase velocity of the waves and related this phenomenon with the anomalous Doppler effect. In the present work we derive a full nonlinear eigenvalue problem for an integro-differential equation for the finite-chord Nemtsov membrane in the finite-depth flow. In the shallow and deep water limits we develop a perturbation theory in the small added mass ratio parameter acting as an effective dissipation, to find explicit analytical expressions for the frequencies and the growth rates of the membrane modes coupled to the surface waves. We find an intricate pattern of instability pockets in the parameter space and describe it analytically. The case of an arbitrary depth flow with free surface requires numerical solution of a new non-polynomial nonlinear eigenvalue
problem. We propose an original approach combining methods of complex
analysis and residue calculus, Galerkin discretization, Newton method and parallelization techniques implemented in MATLAB to produce high-accuracy stability diagrams within an unprecedentedly wide range of system's parameters. We believe that the Nemtsov membrane plays the same paradigmatic role for understanding radiation-induced instabilities as the Lamb oscillator coupled to a string has played for understanding radiation damping.
Period12 Apr 2022
Event titleBritish Applied Mathematics Colloquium
Event typeConference
LocationLoughborough, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational