Instability of Time-Periodic Flows

  • Philip Hall
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The instabilities of some spatially and/or time-periodic flows are discussed, in particular flows with curved streamlines which can support Taylor-Görtler vortices are described in detail. The simplest flow where this type of instability can occur is that due to the torsional oscillations of an infinitely long circular cylinder. For more complicated spatially varying time-periodic flows a similar type of instability can occur and is spatially localized near the most unstable positions. When nonlinear effects are considered it is found that the instability modifies the steady streaming boundary layer induced by the oscillatory motion. It is shown that a rapidly rotating cylinder in a uniform flow is susceptible to a related type of instability; the appropriate stability equations are shown to be identical to those which govern the instability of a Boussinesq fluid of Prandtl number unity heated time periodically from below.


Rayleigh Number Neutral Curve Secondary Instability Taylor Number Taylor Vortex 
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