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Title: Numerical studies in two-dimensional turbulence
Author: Sulti, Fayeza Salim
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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Abstract:
Two-dimensional turbulence has been extensively studied over the past years theoretically and numerically since the theory of the dual cascade energy. Numerical studies have revealed an impor- tant feature of two-dimensional turbulence, that is, the predomi- nance of coherent structures, followed by interaction and merger of these isolated vortices in the subsequent evolution. A method of 'vortex census' has been introduced to keep track of the vortices but the relation to reconnection has remained unexplored. In this Thesis, we study the reconnection process of vorticity con- tours associated with coherent vortices in two-dimensional turbu- lence for different Reynolds number. After checking topological integrity by the Euler index theorem, we make use of the critical points and their connectivity (so-called surface networks) to study the topological changes of vorticity contours. Wc show how this method can remarkably distinguish the dynamics of the vortic- ity field in the Navier-Stokes equations and that of the Charney- Hasegawa-Mima equation. We found that the potential vorticity formed vortex crystals. This excites us to study the vortex crystal in details by study a coarse-grained asymptotic equation [Smirnov and Chukbar(2001)]. Self-similar blow-up solutions with an infi- 1 I i :. nite total energy were given. We ask whether or not finite-time blow-up can take place developing from smooth initial data with a finite energy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.575553  DOI: Not available
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