Equilibration of Inertial Instability in Rotating Flow

  • Daan D. J. A. van Sommeren
  • George F. Carnevale
  • Rudolf C. Kloosterziel
  • Paolo Orlandi
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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.


Azimuthal Velocity Instability Growth Rate Rossby Number Azimuthal Mode Barotropic Instability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daan D. J. A. van Sommeren
    • 1
  • George F. Carnevale
  • Rudolf C. Kloosterziel
  • Paolo Orlandi
  1. 1.Technische Universiteit EindhovenEindhoventhe Netherlands

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