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The strong nonlinear interaction of Tollmien–Schlichting waves and Taylor–Görtler vortices in curved channel flow

  • J. Bennett (a1), P. Hall (a1) and F. T. Smith (a2)

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Viscous fluid flows with curved streamlines can support both centrifugal and viscous travelling wave instabilities. Here the interaction of these instabilities in the context of the fully developed flow in a curved channel is discussed. The viscous (Tollmien–Schlichting) instability is described asymptotically at high Reynolds numbers and it is found that it can induce a Taylor–Görtler flow even at extremely small amplitudes. In this interaction, the Tollmien–Schlichting wave can drive a vortex state with wavelength either comparable with the channel width or the wavelength of lower-branch viscous modes. The nonlinear equations which describe these interactions are solved for nonlinear equilibrium states.

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The strong nonlinear interaction of Tollmien–Schlichting waves and Taylor–Görtler vortices in curved channel flow

  • J. Bennett (a1), P. Hall (a1) and F. T. Smith (a2)

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