Shreyas Mandre

University Associate Professor of Fluid-Structure Interaction
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Fluid-structure interaction

A generalized theory of viscous and inviscid flutter

Fluid Mechanics Biomechanics Geophysics Fluid-structure interaction Flutter

We present a unified theory of flutter in inviscid and viscous flows interacting with flexible structures based on the phenomenon of 1 : 1 resonance. We show this by treating four extreme cases corresponding to viscous and inviscid flows in confined and unconfined flows. To see the common mechanism clearly, we consider the limit when the frequencies of the first few elastic modes are closely clustered and small relative to the convective fluid time scale.

The feasibility of generating low-frequency volcano seismicity by flow through a deformable channel

Fluid Mechanics Fluid-structure interaction Geophysics

Oscillations generated by flow of magmatic or hydrothermal fluids through tabular channels in elastic rocks are a possible source of low-frequency seismicity. We assess the conditions required to generate oscillations of approximately 1 Hz via hydrodynamic flow instabilities (roll waves), flow-destabilized standing waves set up on the elastic channel walls (wall modes), and unstable normal modes ringing in an adjacent fluid reservoir (clarinet modes). Stability criteria are based on physical and dimensional arguments, and discussion of destabilized elastic modes is supplemented with laboratory experiments of gas flow through a channel in a block of gelatine, and between a rigid plate and a rubber membrane.