On the necessary conditions for bursts of convection within the rapidly rotating cylindrical annulus

Teed, R. J. , Jones, C. A. and Hollerbach, R. (2012) On the necessary conditions for bursts of convection within the rapidly rotating cylindrical annulus. Physics of Fluids, 24(6), 066604. (doi: 10.1063/1.4711398)

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Zonal flows are often found in rotating convective systems. Not only are these jet-flows driven by the convection, they can also have a profound effect on the nature of the convection. In this work the cylindrical annulus geometry is exploited in order to perform nonlinear simulations seeking to produce strong zonal flows and multiple jets. The parameter regime is extended to Prandtl numbers that are not unity. Multiple jets are found to be spaced according to a Rhines scaling based on the zonal flow speed, not the convective velocity speed. Under certain conditions the nonlinear convection appears in quasi-periodic bursts. A mean field stability analysis is performed around a basic state containing both the zonal flow and the mean temperature gradient found from the nonlinear simulations. The convective growth rates are found to fluctuate with both of these mean quantities suggesting that both are necessary in order for the bursting phenomenon to occur.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Teed, Dr Robert
Authors: Teed, R. J., Jones, C. A., and Hollerbach, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
Journal Name:Physics of Fluids
Publisher:American Institute of Physics
ISSN (Online):1089-7666
Published Online:01 June 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 American Institute of Physics
First Published:First published in Physics of Fluids 24(6):066604
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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