204 ON THE STABILITY OF THE LAMINAR MOTION OF' AN INVISCID FLUID [377
vorticity differs from the otherwise uniform vorticity of the neighbouring fluid. In the figure the lines A A, BB represent the situation of the walls and AM the velocity-curve of the original shearing motion rising from zero at A to a finite value at M. For the present purpose, however, we suppose material walls to be absent, but that the same effect (of prohibiting normal motion) is arrived at by suitable suppositions as to the fluid lying outside and now imagined infinite. It is only necessary to continue the velocity-curve in the manner shown AMCN..., the vorticities in the alternate layers of equal width being equal and opposite. Symmetry then shows that under the operation of these vorticities the fluid moves as if A A, BB, &c. were material walls.
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p Q P Q M P Q N
We have now to trace the effect of an additional vorticity, supposed positive, at a point P. If the wall AA were alone concerned, its effect would be imitated by the introduction of an opposite vorticity at the point Q which is the image of P in A A. Thus P would move under the influence of the original vorticities, already allowed for, and of the negative vorticity at Q. Under the latter influence it would move parallel to A A with a certain velocity, and for the same reason Q would move similarly, so that PQ would remain perpendicular to A A. To take account of both walls the more complicated arrangement shown in the figure is necessary, in which the points P represent equal positive vorticities and Q equal negative vorticities. The conditions at both walls are thus satisfied; and as before all the vortices P, Q move under each other's influence so as to remain upon a line perpendicular to AA. Thus, to go back to the original form of the problem, P moves parallel to the walls with a constant velocity, and no change ensues in the character of the motion—a conclusion which will appear the more remarkable when we remember that there is no limitation upon the magnitude of the added vorticity.
The same method is applicable—in imagination at any rate—whatever be the distribution of vorticities between the walls, and the corresponding velocity at any point is determined by quadratures on Helmholtz's principle. The new positions of all the vorticities after a short time are thus found, and then a new departure may be taken, and so on indefinitely.at we require follows at once from the differential equation itself. It is evident that dU/dt, and therefore dzU/dys, is everywhere positive and accordingly that a non-viscous liquid, moving laminarly as the viscous fluid moves in any of these stages, is stable. It would appear then that no explanation is to be found in this direction.