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Waves and instabilities in rotating free surface flows

Mougel, Jérôme and Fabre, David and Lacaze, Laurent Waves and instabilities in rotating free surface flows. (2014) Mechanics and Industry, 15 (2). 107-112. ISSN 2257-7750

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/meca/2014007


The stability properties of the rotating free surface flow in a cylindrical container is studied using a global stability approach, considering successively three models. For the case of solid body rotation (Newton’s bucket), all eigenmodes are found to be stable, and are classified into three families: gravity waves, singular inertial modes, and Rossby waves. For the case of a potential flow, an instability is found. The mechanism is explained as a resonance between gravity waves and centrifugal waves, and is thought to be at the origin of the “rotating polygon instability” observed in experiments where the flow is driven by rotation of the bottom plate (see L. Tophøj, J. Mougel, T. Bohr, D. Fabre, The Rotating Polygon Instability of a Swirling Free Surface Flow, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 (2013) 194502). Finally, in the case of the Rankine vortex which in fact consists in the combination of the two first cases, we report a new instability mechanism involving Rossby and gravity waves.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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