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.
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
|Event||International Conference on Complex Dynamics in Spatially Extended Systems - Niels Bohr Instituttet, Copenhagen, Denmark|
Duration: 26 Sep 1995 → 29 Sep 1995
|Conference||International Conference on Complex Dynamics in Spatially Extended Systems|
|Location||Niels Bohr Instituttet|
|Period||26/09/1995 → 29/09/1995|
|Sponsor||Niels Bohr Institute, Technical University of Denmark|