OJFD  Vol.4 No.2 , June 2014
The Stability of a Rotating Cartesian Plume in the Presence of Vertical Boundaries
ABSTRACT

The effect of two fixed vertical boundaries, a finite distance apart, on the dynamics of a column of buoyant fluid rising in a less buoyant fluid is investigated in the presence of vertical rotation. It is shown that the presence of the boundaries introduces two main effects on a rotating plume. They tend to stabilise the plume but succeed only reducing the value of the growth rate and the plume remains unstable for all finite values of the distance between the boundaries and the plume. In the absence of the sidewalls, two modes of the instability were found known as the sinuous mode and the varicose mode. The influence of the boundaries is such that it reduces the growth rate of the varicose mode more than that of the sinuous mode and consequently the modified sinuous mode is always preferred in the presence of the boundaries.


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Al-Mashrafi, K. and Eltayeb, I. (2014) The Stability of a Rotating Cartesian Plume in the Presence of Vertical Boundaries. Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics, 4, 207-225. doi: 10.4236/ojfd.2014.42016.
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