Equilibration of Inertial Instability in Rotating Flow
Unstable vortices in a rotating environment may breakup due to the combined effect of inertial and barotropic instabilities. Recent advances in the theory of inertial instability of vortices provide a prediction of the equilibrated state if inertial instability acts alone. This prediction combined with what is known about barotropic instability gives the possibility of predicting the end state of a vortex breakup subject to both inertial and barotropic instability.
KeywordsAzimuthal Velocity Instability Growth Rate Rossby Number Azimuthal Mode Barotropic Instability
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