DNS and PIV investigation of nonlinear instability in a precessing cylinder flow

Hugh Blackburn, Thomas Albrecht, Richard Manasseh, Juan Lopez, Patrice Meunier

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Direct numerical simulation results for flow inside a spinning, precessing cylinder of fluid corresponding to a previous experimental study and its extensions
are presented and analysed in relation to experimental results and weakly nonlinear theory based on triad interaction of inviscid Kelvin modes. Simulation
outcomes agree well with the experimental results both qualitatively and quantitatively, and additional processing reveals more in-depth support for the
weakly nonlinear theory than could be demonstrated in the experiments. Additionally, numerical results provide meridional and azimuthal mean flow data.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAnnual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics 2014 - Moscone (West) Convention Center, San Francisco, United States of America
Duration: 23 Nov 201425 Nov 2014


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics 2014
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Francisco

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