Decaying quasi-2D turbulence in a stratified fluid with circular boundaries
Department of Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology P.O. Box 513,
5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Accepted: 12 February 1999
Laboratory experiments on decaying quasi-2D turbulence are performed in a stratified flow inside a circular container. The observed decay scenario and the shape of the quasi-stationary "final” state depend strongly on the amount of net angular momentum in the initial flow field. Furthermore, the angular momentum appears to be a better conserved quantity than the total kinetic energy. These experimental observations agree remarkably well with recently reported results based on numerical simulations of the 2D Navier-Stokes equations with no-slip boundary conditions.
PACS: 47.32.Cc – Vortex dynamics / 47.55.Hd – Stratified flows
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