Inertial waves in rotating grid turbulence

Gregory P. Bewley, Daniel P. Lathrop, Leo M. Maas, K. R. Sreenivasan

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Using liquid helium, liquid nitrogen, and water as test fluids, we attempt to generate homogeneous turbulence in a steadily rotating system. We create turbulence by pulling a grid in rotating channels with both square and round cross sections, and observe large-scale inertial waves in the flow. These inertial waves quickly sense the boundaries, and resonate at frequencies characteristic of the container. We describe some of their properties and argue that the resultant inhomogeneity is a feature of any real system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number071701
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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