Precessing vortex breakdown mode in an enclosed cylinder flow

F. Marques, Juan Lopez

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The flow in a cylinder driven by the rotation of one endwall for height to radius ratios around three is examined. Previous experimental observations suggest that the first mode of instability is a precession of the central vortex core, whereas a recent linear stability analysis to general three-dimensional perturbations suggests a Hopf bifurcation to a rotating wave at lower rotation rates than those where the precession mode was first detected. Here, this apparent discrepancy is resolved with the aid of fully nonlinear three-dimensional Navier-Stokes computations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1679-1682
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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