On the splash singularity for the free-surface of a Navier-Stokes fluid
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On the splash singularity for the free-surface of a Navier-Stokes fluid

  • Author(s): Coutand, Daniel
  • Shkoller, Steve
  • et al.

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https://arxiv.org/pdf/1505.01929.pdf
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Abstract

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.

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