Direct numerical simulation of vortex ring evolution from the laminar to the early turbulent regime

Archer, P.J., Thomas, T.G. and Coleman, G.N. (2008) Direct numerical simulation of vortex ring evolution from the laminar to the early turbulent regime. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 598, 201-226. (doi:10.1017/S0022112007009883).


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Direct numerical simulation is used to study the temporal development of single vortex rings at various Reynolds numbers and core thicknesses. Qualitative differences between the evolution of thin- and thick-core rings are observed leading to a correction factor to the classical equation for the ring translational velocity. We compare the obtained linear modal growth rates with previous work, highlighting the role of the wake in triply periodic numerical simulations. The transition from a laminar to a turbulent ring is marked by the rearrangement of the outer core vorticity into a clearly defined secondary structure. The onset of the fully turbulent state is associated with shedding of the structure in a series of hairpin vortices. A Lagrangian particle analysis was performed to determine the ring entrainment and detrainment properties and to investigate the possibility of an axial flow being generated around the circumference of the core region prior to the onset of turbulence.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0022112007009883
ISSNs: 0022-1120 (print)
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Keywords: vortex rings, direct numerical simulation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics
ePrint ID: 52010
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2008Published
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30
Numerical study of turbulent vortex motion in stratified flow
Funded by: EPSRC (GR/S82299/01)
1 November 2004 to 31 October 2007

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