Short wavelength local instabilities of a circular Couette flow with radial temperature gradient

Kirillov, Oleg and Mutabazi, Innocent (2017) Short wavelength local instabilities of a circular Couette flow with radial temperature gradient. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 818. pp. 319-343. ISSN 0022-1120

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Abstract

We perform a linearized local stability analysis for short-wavelength perturbations of a circular Couette flow with the radial temperature gradient. Axisymmetric and nonaxisymmetric perturbations are considered and both the thermal diffusivity and the kinematic viscosity of the fluid are taken into account. The effect of the asymmetry of the heating both on the centrifugally unstable flows and on the onset of the instabilities of the centrifugally stable flows, including the flow with the Keplerian shear profile, is thoroughly investigated. It is found that the inward temperature gradient destabilizes the Rayleigh stable flow either via Hopf bifurcation if the liquid is a very good heat conductor or via steady state bifurcation if viscosity prevails over the thermal conductance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
F500 Astronomy
G100 Mathematics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Oleg Kirillov
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 19:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30285

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