A note on boundary layers and wakes in rotating fluids

  • Toshio Yamagata


The flow induced by the two-dimensional line vortex moving in a rotating fluid is discussed. The governing vorticity equation is linearized adopting the Oseen approximation.

First, the problem is considered on a constantf-plane. The solution shows that the Stewartson E1/4 layer is transformed into the Oseen wake as the role of the advection becomes important.

Second, the problem is considered on aΒ-plane. When the line vortex moves westward, the solution shows a pattern of Rossby lee waves decaying downstream of the vortex and alternating flows far upstream. When the line vortex moves eastward, the inviscid solution shows definite alternating jets downstream. In a viscous case, however, the jets become less definite and identical with the above mentioned alternating flows in the far field. Far upstream, there are no disturbances because of the special propagation characteristics of Rossby waves.


Vortex Boundary Layer Vorticity Advection Propagation Characteristic 
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© Oceanographical Society of Japan 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshio Yamagata
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  1. 1.Research Institute for Applied MechanicsUniversity of KyushuFukuokaJapan

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