Reconnection of colliding vortex rings

P. Chatelain, D. Kivotides, A. Leonard

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Abstract

A study was conducted on three generic vortex ring configurations and found that in all cases the rings reconnect. In addition, an intensification of dissipation which was local in time and could be a mechanism contributing to turbulence intermittency was observed. Thus, a by-product of reconnection was the formation of stretched structures with antiparallel vorticity which transfer energy to the smallest scales where it was rapidly dissipated. Without this energy redistribution in wave number space the decay of global kinetic energy would be slower.

LanguageEnglish
Article number054501
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume90
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2003

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Keywords

  • algorithms
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • graph theory
  • incompressible flow
  • integral equations
  • Navier-Stokes equations
  • Reynolds number
  • three dimensional
  • turbulence
  • viscosity of liquids
  • viscous flow
  • Kelvin waves
  • stretched antiparallel vorticity
  • three dimensional incompressible viscous flow
  • vortex rings
  • vortex flow

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Chatelain, P., Kivotides, D., & Leonard, A. (2003). Reconnection of colliding vortex rings. Physical Review Letters, 90(5), 1-4. [054501].
Chatelain, P. ; Kivotides, D. ; Leonard, A. / Reconnection of colliding vortex rings. In: Physical Review Letters. 2003 ; Vol. 90, No. 5. pp. 1-4.
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Reconnection of colliding vortex rings. / Chatelain, P.; Kivotides, D.; Leonard, A.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 90, No. 5, 054501, 07.02.2003, p. 1-4.

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Chatelain P, Kivotides D, Leonard A. Reconnection of colliding vortex rings. Physical Review Letters. 2003 Feb 7;90(5):1-4. 054501.