2013, 2013(special): 611-618. doi: 10.3934/proc.2013.2013.611

Spatial stability of horizontally sheared flow

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529, United States, United States

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States

Received  August 2012 Revised  January 2013 Published  November 2013

We investigate the stability of a shear flow in a stratified fluid. The flow is assumed to be inviscid and Boussinesq and the base state density gradient is vertical with constant Brunt-Vaisala frequency. The shear is taken as horizontal, where the base-state velocity has uniform direction and it's magnitude depends on the transverse horizontal coordinate, U(y). Unlike vertical shear flows, this combination of horizontal shear with vertical stratification is inherently three-dimensional and Squire's theorem is inapplicable. Spatial stability characteristics are obtained using the normal-mode approach and the Riccati transform. Sensitivity of the stability characteristics and their qualitative features are investigated by numerical methods for free-shear flow approximated by the hyperbolic tangent.
Citation: Iordanka N. Panayotova, Pai Song, John P. McHugh. Spatial stability of horizontally sheared flow. Conference Publications, 2013, 2013 (special) : 611-618. doi: 10.3934/proc.2013.2013.611
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Maslowe, S.A., Hydrodynamic instabilities and the transition to turbulence., (Springer-Verlag), (1981).

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Panayotova, I.N. and J.P. McHugh, On the stability of three-dimensional disturbances in staratified flow with lateral and vertical shear,, Open Atm. Sci. J., 5 (2011), 23.

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References:
[1]

Badulin, S.I., V.I.Shrira, and L.Sh. Tsimring, The trapping and vertical focusing of internal waves in a pycnocline due to the horizontal inhomogeneities of density and currents,, J. Fluid Mech., 158 (1985), 199.

[2]

Badulin, S.I. and V.I.Shrira, On the irreversibility of internal wave dynamics due to wave trapping by mean flow inhomogeneities, Part 1. Local analysis,, J. Fluid Mech., 251 (1993), 21.

[3]

Blumen, W., Stability of non-planar shear flow of a stratified fluid,, J. Fluid Mech., 68 (1975), 177.

[4]

Deloncle, A., J. M. Chomaz, and P. Billant, Three-dimensional stability of a horizontally sheared flow in a stably stratified fluid,, J. Fluid Mech., 570 (2007), 297.

[5]

Drazin,, P. G. and Howard, L. N., Hydrodynamic stability of parallel flow of inviscici fluid,, Advan. Appl. Mech., 9 (1966), 1.

[6]

Ivanov, Y. A., and Y.G.Morozov, Deformation of internal gravity waves by a stream with horizontal shear,, Okeanologie 14 (1974), 14 (1974), 467.

[7]

Jackson, T.L. and C.E. Grosch, Inviscid spatial stability of a compressible mixing layer,, J. Fluid Mech., 208 (1989), 609.

[8]

Maslowe, S.A., Hydrodynamic instabilities and the transition to turbulence., (Springer-Verlag), (1981).

[9]

Panayotova, I.N. and J.P. McHugh, On the stability of three-dimensional disturbances in staratified flow with lateral and vertical shear,, Open Atm. Sci. J., 5 (2011), 23.

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