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On instability characteristics of isolated vortices and models of trailing-vortex systems

Hein, S. and Theofilis, Vassilios (2004) On instability characteristics of isolated vortices and models of trailing-vortex systems. Computers & Fluids, 33, pp. 741-753. ELSEVIER.

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates the applicability of a two-dimensional eigenvalue problem approach to the study of linear instability of analytically constructed and numerically calculated models of trailing-vortex systems. Chebyshev collocation is used in the 2D eigenvalue problem solution in order to discretize two spatial directions on which non-axisymmetric vorticity distributions are defined, while the third, axial spatial direction is taken to be homogeneous and is resolved by a Fourier expansion. The leading eigenvalues of the matrix discretizing the equations which govern small-amplitude perturbations superimposed upon such a vorticity distribution are obtained by Arnoldi iteration. The present approach has been validated by comparison of its results on the problem of instability of an isolated Batchelor vortex. Here benchmark computations exist, employing classic instability analysis, in which the azimuthal direction is also treated as homogeneous. Subsequently, the proposed methodology has been shown to be able to recover the classic long- (Crow) and short-wavelength instabilities of a counter-rotating vortex-pair basic flow obtained by direct numerical simulation. Finally, the effect on the eigenspectrum of the isolated Batchelor vortex is documented, when the basic flow consists of a linear superposition of such vortices. The modi- fications of the eigenspectrum of a single vortex point to the potential pitfalls of drawing conclusions on the instability characteristics of a trailing-vortex system by monitoring the constituent vortices in isolation.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004,
Title:On instability characteristics of isolated vortices and models of trailing-vortex systems
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Hein, S.UNSPECIFIED
Theofilis, VassiliosUNSPECIFIED
Date:2004
Journal or Publication Title:Computers & Fluids
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:33
Page Range:pp. 741-753
Publisher:ELSEVIER
Status:Published
Keywords:models of trailing-vortex systems, instability characteristics
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Flight Physics
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Helicopters
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Experimental Methods
Deposited By: Ilka Micknaus
Deposited On:31 Jan 2006
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 19:35

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