Department of Mathematics
On the splash singularity for the free-surface of a Navier-Stokes fluid
- Author(s): Coutand, Daniel
- Shkoller, Steve
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://arxiv.org/pdf/1505.01929.pdf
In fluid dynamics, an interface splash singularity occurs when a locally smooth interface self-intersects in finite time. We prove that for $d$-dimensional flows, $d=2$ or $3$, the free-surface of a viscous water wave, modeled by the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations with moving free-boundary, has a finite-time splash singularity. In particular, we prove that given a sufficiently smooth initial boundary and divergence-free velocity field, the interface will self-intersect in finite time.