Prof. Steve Shkoller


U.C. Davis


Monday, February 2, 2004 - 4:00pm


MSTB 254

The motion of an elastic solid inside of an incompressible viscous fluid is ubiquitous in nature. Mathematically, such motion is described by a coupled PDE system between parabolic and hyperbolic phases, the latter inducing a loss of regularity. In this talk, I will outline the proof of the existence and uniqueness of such motions (locally in time), when the elastic solid is the linear Kirchhoff elastic material. The solution is found using a topological fixed-point theorem that requires the analysis of a linear problem consisting of the coupling between the time-dependent Navier-Stokes equations set in Lagrangian variables and the linear equations of elastodynamics, for which we prove the existence of a unique weak solution. We then establish the regularity of the weak solution; this regularity is obtained in function spaces that scale in a hyperbolic fashion in both the fluid and solid phases. The functional framework employed is optimal, and provides the a priori estimates necessary for us to employ our fixed-point procedure.