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Long-wave/short-wave interactions in flow between concentric cylinders


Horseman, NJ and Bassom, AP, Long-wave/short-wave interactions in flow between concentric cylinders, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 215 pp. 525-548. ISSN 0022-1120 (1990) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1990 Cambridge University Press

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0022112090002749


Consider the flow of an incompressible fluid between two infinite concentric circular cylinders. The outer cylinder is at rest whilst the angular velocity of the inner cylinder has a steady part and also a harmonically oscillating component. We examine the situation where, for a suitable choice of parameters, two types of vortex instability can occur simultaneously; first a short-wavelength mode which is essentially trapped in a thin ‘Stokes’ layer near the inner cylinder and, secondly, a long-wavelength mode which fills the whole region between the cylinders. We investigate the problem in which two short-wavelength vortices and one long-wavelength vortex coexist and are such that each pair interacts to drive the third. Additionally, the short-wavelength disturbances are nonlinear in their own right. Coupled amplitude equations for the three modes are derived and their solution discussed.

This form of interaction may also take place in a boundary layer. Such a situation is more complex than that under consideration here as it would be necessary to take into account the growth of the boundary layer. However, this simplified problem gives an insight into the behaviour of the more difficult situation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Mathematical Sciences
Research Group:Applied mathematics
Research Field:Theoretical and applied mechanics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:Bassom, AP (Professor Andrew Bassom)
ID Code:108516
Year Published:1990
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-04-21
Last Modified:2016-07-08

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