We consider weakly nonlinear wave motions in a thermally stratified boundary layer. Attention is focused on the upper branch of the neutral stability curve, corresponding to small wavelengths and large Reynolds number. In this limit the motion is governed by a first harmonic/mean flow interaction theory in which the wave-induced mean flow is of the same order of magnitude as the wave component of the flow. We show that the flow is governed by a system of three coupled partial differential equations which admit finite-amplitude periodic solutions bifurcating from the linear, neutral points.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Journal of Fluid Mechanics|
|Publication status||Published - 25 May 1996|