Journal of Fluid Mechanics

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Spectral analysis of nonlinear flows

CLARENCE W. ROWLEYa1 c1, IGOR MEZIĆa2, SHERVIN BAGHERIa3, PHILIPP SCHLATTERa3 and DAN S. HENNINGSONa3

a1 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, NJ 08544, USA

a2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070, USA

a3 Linné Flow Centre, Department of Mechanics, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract

We present a technique for describing the global behaviour of complex nonlinear flows by decomposing the flow into modes determined from spectral analysis of the Koopman operator, an infinite-dimensional linear operator associated with the full nonlinear system. These modes, referred to as Koopman modes, are associated with a particular observable, and may be determined directly from data (either numerical or experimental) using a variant of a standard Arnoldi method. They have an associated temporal frequency and growth rate and may be viewed as a nonlinear generalization of global eigenmodes of a linearized system. They provide an alternative to proper orthogonal decomposition, and in the case of periodic data the Koopman modes reduce to a discrete temporal Fourier transform. The Arnoldi method used for computations is identical to the dynamic mode decomposition recently proposed by Schmid & Sesterhenn (Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2008), so dynamic mode decomposition can be thought of as an algorithm for finding Koopman modes. We illustrate the method on an example of a jet in crossflow, and show that the method captures the dominant frequencies and elucidates the associated spatial structures.

(Received May 15 2009)

(Revised September 08 2009)

(Accepted September 09 2009)

(Online publication November 18 2009)

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c1 Email address for correspondence: cwrowley@princeton.edu

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