Parametrically forced stably stratified cavity flow: Complicated nonlinear dynamics near the onset of instability

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Abstract

The dynamics of a fluid-filled square cavity with stable thermal stratification subjected to harmonic vertical oscillations is investigated numerically. The nonlinear responses to this parametric excitation are studied over a comprehensive range of forcing frequencies up to two and a half times the buoyancy frequency. The nonlinear results are in general agreement with the Floquet analysis, indicating the presence of nested resonance tongues corresponding to the intrinsic eigenmodes of the stratified cavity. For the lowest-order subharmonic tongue, the responses are analysed in great detail, with complex dynamics identified near onset, most of which involves interactions with unstable saddle states of a homoclinic or heteroclinic nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1096
Number of pages30
JournalJOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS
Volume871
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 25 2019

Keywords

  • parametric instability
  • stratified flows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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