Accession Number:

AD0673533

Title:

THE SPECTRUM OF THE FINAL DECAY OF LOCALIZED DISTURBANCES IN A VISCOUS FLUID,

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Corporate Author:

NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER WASHINGTON D C APPLIED MATHEMATICS LAB

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Report Date:

1968-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

46.0

Abstract:

Based on previous work of Batchelor and Phillips it is shown that in an unbounded viscous fluid any decaying localized disturbance with a negligible nonlinear inertial force consists of a spectrum of dissipating spherical vortices. All these vortices can be derived from decaying multipoles. Such disturbances are characterized by a vorticity field which originates from a point source of vorticity and vanishes exponentially far away from its center. The result has been obtained by a Taylor-series expansion of the vorticity about the origin in a wave-number space. Vorticity fields which are produced in an extended region and over a finite period of time can be described by superposition. An example is given for decaying axisymmetric spherical discontinuity surfaces. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE