Volume 83, Number 2, July 2008
Article Number 24001
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 19 June 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 24001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/24001

Intrinsic three-dimensionality in electromagnetically driven shallow flows

R. A. D. Akkermans, L. P. J. Kamp, H. J. H. Clercx and G. J. F. van Heijst

J.M. Burgerscentre, Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology - P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands, EU

received 1 February 2008; accepted in final form 28 May 2008; published July 2008
published online 19 June 2008

The canonical laboratory set-up to study two-dimensional turbulence is the electromagnetically driven shallow one- or two-layer fluid. Stereo-Particle-Image-Velocimetry measurements in such driven shallow flows revealed strong deviations from quasi-two-dimensionality, which are attributed to the inhomogeneity of the magnetic field and, in contrast to what has been believed so far, the impermeability condition at the bottom and top boundaries. These conjectures have been confirmed by numerical simulations of shallow flows without surface deformation, both in one- and two-layer fluids. The flow simulations reveal that the observed three-dimensional structures are in fact intrinsic to flows in shallow fluids because they do not result primarily from shear at a no-slip boundary: they are a direct consequence of the vertical confinement of the flow.

47.32.C- - Vortex dynamics.
47.32.Ef - Rotating and swirling flows.
47.27.E- - Turbulence simulation and modeling.

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