Vortex Breakdown Generated by off-axis Bifurcation in a cylinder with rotating covers

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Abstract

Vortex breakdown of bubble type is studied for the flow in a cylinder with rotating top and bottom covers. For large ratios of the angular velocities of the covers, we observe numerically that the vortex breakdown bubble in the steady regime may occur through the creation of an off-axis vortex ring. This scenario does not occur in existing bifurcation theory based on a simple degeneracy in the flow field. We extend the theory to cover a non-simple degeneracy, and derive the associated bifurcation diagrams. We show that the vortex breakdown scenario involving a vortex ring can be explained from this theory, and that the numerically generated bifurcation diagrams are consistent with the theory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Mechanica
Volume187
Pages (from-to)75-83
ISSN0001-5970
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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