Decaying quasi-2D turbulence in a stratified fluid with circular boundaries

S.R. Maassen, H.J.H. Clercx, G.J.F. Heijst, van

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-345
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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