Methods and Applications of Analysis

Volume 11 (2004)

Number 4

Min-max variational principle and front speeds in random shear flows

Pages: 635 – 644



James Nolen

Jack Xin


Speed ensemble of bistable (combustion) fronts in mean zero stationary Gaussian shear flows inside two and three dimensional channels is studied with a min-max variational principle. In the small root mean square regime of shear flows, a new class of multi-scale test functions are found to yield speed asymptotics. The quadratic speed enhancement law holds with probability arbitrarily close to one under the almost sure continuity (dimension two) and mean square Hölder regularity (dimension three) of the shear flows. Remarks are made on the quadratic and linear laws of front speed expectation in the small and large root mean square regimes.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 76F10. Secondary 35K57, 35R60, 41A60, 65Mxx, 76M30, 76M35.

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