Effects of location of excitation on the spiral vortices in the transitional region of a rotating-disk flow

Keunseob Lee, Yu Nishio, Seiichiro Izawa, Yu Fukunishi

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Abstract

The laminar-turbulent transition of a rotating-disk flow dominated by global instability is studied by solving the full Navier-Stokes equations in direct numerical simulations. A flow field in the 2π/32 region is computed using a periodic boundary condition. The flow field is disturbed in two ways. In the first case, a disturbance is introduced at the Reynolds number, Re ≈ 600, while in the second case, a disturbance is introduced at Re ≈ 650. In both cases, wall-normal short-duration suction and blowing are used to disturb the flow field. When a disturbance is added upstream at Re ≈ 600, the wavenumber 64 component becomes dominant when the flow reaches a steady state, whereas when a disturbance is added downstream at Re ≈ 650, the wavenumber 96 component becomes prominent. The transition points are different between the two cases. In addition, in both cases, the distances between neighboring spiral vortices are quite the same when measured at the locations where the turbulence begins.

Original languageEnglish
Article number084106
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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