Characterisation of overturning flow in a precessing cylinder

T. Albrecht, P. Meunier, R. Manasseh, J. M. Lopez, H. M. Blackburn

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Abstract

Experiments of the flow in precessing containers have repeatedly shown a rapid breakdown to turbulence, which remains unexplained to date. We present direct numerical simulations closely modelled after the experiments of Manasseh (JFM 243, 1992). Despite the four times lower Reynolds number of 4780, we still observe a transition with the same characteristics as in the experiment. Analysis of the flow state preceding the breakdown shows a relatively clean and simple overturning flow, and a strong azimuthal mean flow. Contrary to observations by Manasseh, we find no flow reversals before or during the breakdown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2006
PublisherAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781740523776
StatePublished - 2016
Event20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2006 - Perth, Australia
Duration: Dec 5 2016Dec 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2016

Conference

Conference20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2006
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period12/5/1612/8/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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    Albrecht, T., Meunier, P., Manasseh, R., Lopez, J. M., & Blackburn, H. M. (2016). Characterisation of overturning flow in a precessing cylinder. In Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2006 (Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2016). Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society.