Stabilizing and destabilizing effects of a solid-body rotation on quasi-two-dimensional shear layers

Marcel Lesieur, Shinichiro Yanase, Olivier Métais

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The effect of a solid-body rotation, characterized by an angular velocity Ω, on a two-dimensional mixing layer (in a plane perpendicular to Ω) of relative vorticity ω2D, upon which is superposed a small three-dimensional turbulent perturbation, is considered. Using the Kelvin theorem in the frame rotating with il, and with the aid of arguments based on the straining of absolute vortex filaments by the basic velocity, it is shown that the rotation is always stabilizing (with respect to the nonrotating case) in the cyclonic case. In the anticyclonic case, a slight rotation is destabilizing. At a local Rossby number R0 = |ω2D|/ 2|Ω| of the order of 1, the anticyclonic rotation disrupts catastrophically the coherent structures of the mixing layer. Anticyclonic rotation becomes stabilizing again for R0

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-407
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics of Fluids A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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