Self-organization in circular shear layers

K. Bergeron, E.A. Coutsias, Jens-Peter Lynov, A.H. Nielsen

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    Experiments on forced circular shear layers performed in both magnetized plasmas and in rotating fluids reveal qualitatively similar self-organization processes leading to the formation of patterns of coherent vortical structures with varying complexity. In this paper results are presented from both weakly nonlinear analysis and full numerical simulations that closely reproduce the experimental observations. Varying the Reynolds number leads to bifurcation sequences accompanied by topological changes in the distribution of the coherent structures as well as clear transitions in the total energy and enstrophy of the system. Various oscillating and quasiperiodic states have been found, and regimes have been investigated that so far have been experimentally inaccessible.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysica Scripta
    Pages (from-to)33-37
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    EventInternational Conference on Complex Dynamics in Spatially Extended Systems - Niels Bohr Instituttet, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 26 Sept 199529 Sept 1995


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Complex Dynamics in Spatially Extended Systems
    LocationNiels Bohr Instituttet
    SponsorNiels Bohr Institute, Technical University of Denmark


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