Laboratory Vortices in Rotating, Sheared Flow

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  • 1 Hydrodynamics Laboratory, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill. 60637
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Abstract

BY Placing a small convective source (electrical heater) in a rotating, vertically sheared, stratified flow in a rotating annulus, a well-organized vortex flow is generated. A qualitative description of the flow is given. The flow is always cyclonic below the heater and anticyclonic above, and is quite persistent in the sheared flow.

Abstract

BY Placing a small convective source (electrical heater) in a rotating, vertically sheared, stratified flow in a rotating annulus, a well-organized vortex flow is generated. A qualitative description of the flow is given. The flow is always cyclonic below the heater and anticyclonic above, and is quite persistent in the sheared flow.

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