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Matthew King

Current Work:

I have just entered my forth year of MASDOC and third year of the PhD under the supervision of Dr. E. Brambley. During the PhD my work has focused on applying Complex analysis techniques in order to solve the pressure perturbation of the linearised Euler Equations. The work has application to the sound attenuation in ducts with acoustic liners such as those found in aircraft engines.

Over the course of the last two years I have been constructing and understanding the properties of solutions to the Pridmore-Brown equation for an irrotational, inviscid, compressible, homentropic fluid flow through a lined 3D cylindrical duct. In particular have been constructing the greens function solution to the linearised Euler equations for the pressure perturbation for a point mass source. A parallel mean flow profile that follows that of a uniform flow across the centreline of a duct, and then is sheared following a quadratic profile within some boundary layer (not necessarily thin) is considered. See figure 1.
Solutions of the Pridmore-Brown equation are constructed using the Frobenius series, and must account for regular singularities, radii of convergence and branch cuts. The Green function solution given from this then undergoes Fourier inversion and complex analysis techniques are used to understand the effects of the various pole and branch cut contributions. These results can be compared to earlier works for other mean flows, and the differences understood.
This work has been submitted for review and can be found on arXiv: The Critical Layer in Quadratic Shear Boundary Layers over Acoustic Linings.

Work continues around this topic into the study of the Hydrodynamic instabilities. The Pridmore-Brown equation contains a regular singularity known as the Critical Layer which occurs as a branch cut in the Greens Function. It has been observed that the hydrodynamic instability, which typically dominates the far-field pressure and leads to a break down of the linearised Euler equations, be stabilised by moving through the Critical Layer branch cut, it's contribution in this case contained within integrating around the Critical Layer branch cut, which may be the dominant far-field contribution.

Continuing from this work I have begun examining a 3D cylindrical duct that has a change of boundary conditions along the wall, considering a hard wall for x less than zero and a lined wall for x greater than zero. This considers the same profile as described above and constructs a Wiener-Hopf equation for the pressure perturbation. In doing so we can construct the wave field produced by a specific modal incoming wave.
This work is also being expanded into a matrix Wiener-Hopf problem, (two), considering two changes in the boundary condition where we consider a finite length region of lined wall along the length of the duct zero less than x, x less than L, with hard walls either side x less than zero, or, x greater than L.
See figures 2 and 3.
In both cases the aim is to construct the pressure perturbation analytically for any value of x and incoming wave. At this stage it is believed this is possible and within the scope of the PhD for an incoming wave that is modal, this allows for comparisons between solutions to similar problems under mode matching procedures and experiments where specific wave modes can be excited. I also aim to consider an incoming wave that is non-modal in nature, as it has been seen when constructing the greens function solution such waves can be present in the solution, and in some cases be the dominant contribution.


Over the course of the PhD so far I have completed two years of first year supervisions.
I have worked with first year students, both maths and non-maths (with mathematics modules) having three groups at a time. Over the academic year the supervisions involve an hour per group per week of support, face to face (2019-2020) and online (2020-2021), with planned content assuring key content was understood, and course work assignments could be completed to a suitable standard.
This course work was marked by myself and feedback was given to each student as individuals and within their groups.
Modules covered include (but not limited to):
MA106 Linear Algebra
MA131 Analysis 1 & 2
MA133 Differential Equations
MA134 Geometry and Motion
MA137 Mathematical Analysis

Prior to coming to the University of Warwick during the final year of my MMath at the University of Sussex I was involved with the student support centre and was given a 1:1 student in their final year of a BSc in mathematics.
In this role I was required to attend all of their lectures, some of which included new material for myself, take full and comprehensive notes, and then be able to relay and support in the understanding of all covered content.
Modules covered include:
G1100 Probability Theory
G1101 Random Processes
G1155 Coding Theory
G5106 Introduction to Mathematical Biology
G5126 Dynamical Systems

Prior areas of study:

During the first year of MASDOC as a part of the course I have worked alongside three of my colleagues on a group research project on the topic of Summation by Parts. This is a finite difference scheme for the numerical approximation of derivatives. In this project we looked at two different approaches for construction of these schemes; a brute force linear algebra method, and an approach making use of interpolating basis functions. The latter did not have much literature and we made clear sufficient conditions for attainment of specific degrees of accuracy among other result.

Prior to coming to Warwick I have studied an MMath degree at the University of Sussex. Here I focused on the analysis of Differential Equations and completed a masters project under the title ‘Analysis of Delay Differential Equations and their Application in Population Dynamics.’ This was supervised by Dr Yuliya Kyrychko. This looked at some of the basics behind steady state behaviour of delay differential equations with constant time delays, \frac{dX}{dt}(t)=X(t, t-\tau). This was observed in the setting of population growth models, and then observed further application to models for the spread of the Zika Virus.


Below: Figure 1: Illustration of a lined cylindrical duct containing a mean flow that is uniform about the centre line and the sheared within a radius h quadratically.Image of Flow profile considered across my workBelow: Figure 2: Illustration of a duct that goes from being hard walled to being lined with an incoming sound source and scattered waves from the change in boundary condition.Scalar Wiener-Hopf Problem Schematic
Below: Figure 3: As above but for a finite length lined section leading to a matrix problem.Matrix Weiner-Hopf Schematic