Triadic resonances in precessing rapidly rotating cylinder flows

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

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Direct numerical simulations of flows in cylinders subjected to both rapid rotation and axial precession are presented and analysed in the context of a stability theory based on the triadic resonance of Kelvin modes. For a case that was chosen to provide a finely tuned resonant instability with a small nutation angle, the simulations are in good agreement with the theory and previous experiments in terms of mode shapes and dynamics, including long-time-scale regularization of the flow and recurrent collapses. Cases not tuned to the most unstable triad, but with the nutation angle still small, are also in quite good agreement with theoretical predictions, showing that the presence of viscosity makes the physics of the triadic-resonance model robust to detuning. Finally, for a case with nutation angle for which it has been suggested that resonance does not occur, the simulations show that a slowly growing triadic resonance predicted by theory is in fact observed if sufficient evolution time is allowed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R11-R112
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Jul 30 2015


  • geophysical and geological flows
  • nonlinear instability
  • waves in rotating fluids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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