Secondary instability in variable-density round jets

Joseph W. Nichols, Jean Marc Chomaz, Peter J. Schmid

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Side jet formation in variable-density round jets is investigated by means of direct numerical simulation (DNS) and linear stability analysis. From DNS, it is observed that a light jet with density ratio S = ρ0/ ρj = 4 supports sustained side jets which eject fluid from the center of the jet in a star-shaped pattern. These side jets persist over an axial distance of approximately 5 jet diameters before the jet transitions to turbulence, and do not precess around the jet. It is conjectured that this behavior can be explained by a change in the local properties of the secondary instability from convective to absolute in nature. This hypothesis is tested by examining the spatio-temporal development of the wavepacket resulting from a small impulse, taken about a non-diffusing periodic base state corresponding to the saturated primary instability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Turbulence XI - Proceedings of the 11th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783540726036
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event11th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference, ETC11 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: Jun 25 2007Jun 28 2007

Publication series

NameAdvances in Turbulence XI - Proceedings of the 11th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference


Other11th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference, ETC11


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