Resonant Interactions of Dean Vortices in a Curved Channel Flow

Jiro Mizushima, Shinichiro Yanase, Taku Yoshizawa

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Stability of the flow in a curved channel is investigated with the Dean approximation by using the weakly nonlinear stability theory. A set of amplitude equations lor the Dean vortices of wavenumber ratio 1:2 is derived. The amplitude equations describe the resonant interactions between the fundamental mode and the higher harmonic. The equilibrium amplitudes of the Dean vortices are evaluated from the set of amplitude equations numerically. It is concluded that the phenomena of the coalescence of two vortices and the splitting of one large vortex into two are explained from the 1:2 resonance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-139
Number of pages10
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Curved channel
  • Dean flow
  • Dean vortex
  • Resonant interaction
  • Stability
  • Transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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