A general method to determine the stability of compressible flows
Abstract
Several problems were studied using two completely different approaches. The initial method was to use the standard linearized perturbation theory by finding the value of the individual small disturbance quantities based on the equations of motion. These were serially eliminated from the equations of motion to derive a single equation that governs the stability of fluid dynamic system. These equations could not be reduced unless the steady state variable depends only on one coordinate. The stability equation based on one dependent variable was found and was examined to determine the stability of a compressible swirling jet. The second method applied a Lagrangian approach to the problem. Since the equations developed were based on different assumptions, the condition of stability was compared only for the Rayleigh problem of a swirling flow, both examples reduce to the Rayleigh criterion. This technique allows including the viscous shear terms which is not possible in the first method. The same problem was then examined to see what effect shear has on stability.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 May 1982
 Bibcode:
 1982STIN...8228572G
 Keywords:

 Boundary Layer Flow;
 Compressible Flow;
 Couette Flow;
 Flow Stability;
 Jet Flow;
 Equations Of Motion;
 Lagrange Coordinates;
 Perturbation Theory;
 Rayleigh Distribution;
 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer