Control of stationary convective instabilities in the rotating disk boundary layer via time-periodic modulation

Scott Morgan, Christopher Davies, Christian Thomas*

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Abstract

The control of stationary convective instabilities in the rotating disk boundary layer via a time-periodic modulation of the disk rotation rate is investigated. The configuration provides an archetypal example of a three-dimensional temporally periodic boundary layer, encompassing both the von Kármán and Stokes boundary layers. A velocity–vorticity formulation of the governing perturbation equations is deployed, together with a numerical procedure that utilises the Chebyshev-tau method. Floquet theory is used to determine the linear stability properties of these time-periodic flows. The addition of a time-periodic modulation to the otherwise steady disk rotation rate establishes a stabilising effect. In particular, for a broad range of modulation frequencies, the growth of the stationary convective instabilities is suppressed and the critical Reynolds number for the onset of both the cross-flow and Coriolis instabilities is raised to larger values than that found for the steady disk without modulation. An energy analysis is undertaken, where it is demonstrated that time-periodic modulation induces a reduction in the Reynolds stress energy production and an increase in the viscous dissipation across the boundary layer. Comparisons are made with other control techniques, including distributed surface roughness and compliant walls.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA20
Pages (from-to)A20-1-A20-29
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume925
Early online date24 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • boundary layer control
  • boundary layer stability
  • absolute/convection instability

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