This paper reports on an experimental study of vortices in a stratified fluid. The vortices were generated by two different stirring devices, viz. a rotatting sphere and a rotating bent rod. It was found that the vortices created with the rotating sphere are mostly axisymmetric and stable, whereas the vortices produced with the bent rod generally show instabilities, under certain conditions leading to the formation of a tripolar vortex. This report concentrates on this tripolar structure and presents quantitative information about the flow obtained through streak photography of tracer particles.
|Title of host publication||Advances in turbulence IV : proceedings of the Fourth European Turbulence Conference, 30th June - 3rd July 1992|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
|Name||Fluid mechanics and its applications|