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The role of bottom friction and the fluid layer depth in numerical simulations and experiments of freely decaying quasi-two-dimensional turbulence in shallow fluid layers has been investigated. In particular, the power-law behavior of the compensated kinetic energy E0(t)=E(t)e(2lambda t), with E(t) the total kinetic energy of the flow and lambda the… (More)

Recent experiments on a freely evolving dipolar vortex in a homogeneous shallow fluid layer have clearly shown the existence and evolution of complex three-dimensional (3D) flow structures. The present contribution focuses on the 3D structures of a dipolar vortex evolving in a stable shallow two-layer fluid. Experimentally, Stereoscopic Particle Image… (More)

- D Molenaar, H J H Clercx, G J F van Heijst, Z Yin
- Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and…
- 2007

Characteristic bursting behavior is observed in a driven, two-dimensional viscous flow, confined to a square domain and subject to no-slip boundaries. Passing a critical parameter value, an existing chaotic attractor undergoes a crisis, after which the flow initially enters a transient bursting regime. Bursting is caused by ejections from and return to a… (More)

Spontaneous spin-up, i.e., the significant increase of the total angular momentum of a flow that initially has no net angular momentum, is very characteristic for decaying two-dimensional turbulence in square domains bounded by rigid no-slip walls. In contrast, spontaneous spin-up is virtually absent for such flows in a circular domain with a no-slip… (More)

In this study we use a fast Fourier spectral technique to simulate the Navier-Stokes equations with no-slip boundary conditions. This is enforced by an immersed boundary technique called volume-penalization. The approach has been justified by analytical proofs of the convergence with respect to the penalization parameter. However, the solution of the… (More)

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