On the instability of Goertler vortices to nonlinear travelling waves
Abstract
Recent theoretical work by Hall and Seddougui (1989) has shown that strongly nonlinear, high wavenumber Goertler vortices developing within a boundary layer flow are susceptible to a secondary instability which takes the form of travelling waves confined to a thin region centered at the outer edge of the vortex. The case is considered in which the secondary mode could be satisfactorily described by a linear stability theory and herein the objective is to extend this investigation of Hall and Seddougui (1989) into the nonlinear regime. It was found that at this stage not only does the secondary mode become nonlinear but it also interacts with itself so as to modify the governing equations for the primary Goertler vortex. In this case then, the vortex and the travelling wave drive each other and, indeed, the whole flow structure is described by an infinite set of coupled, nonlinear differential equations. A StuartWatson type of weakly nonlinear analysis of these equations is undertaken and concluded, in particular, that on this basis there exist stable flow configurations in which the travelling mode is of finite amplitude. Implications of the findings for practical situations are discussed and it is shown that the theoretical conclusions drawn here are in good qualitative agreement with available experimental observations.
 Publication:

Final Report Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering
 Pub Date:
 January 1990
 Bibcode:
 1990icas.reptS....S
 Keywords:

 Boundary Layer Flow;
 Boundary Layer Stability;
 Goertler Instability;
 Traveling Waves;
 Vortices;
 Flow Distribution;
 Flow Stability;
 Nonlinearity;
 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer