Damping inertial modes excitation in a closed grid turbulence experiment under rotation

C. Lamriben, P.-P. Cortet, F. Moisy, L. Maas

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We report an experimental study of the decay of grid-generated turbulence in a confined geometry submitted to a global rotation. Turbulence is generated by rapidly towing a grid in a parallelepipedic water tank. The velocity fields of a large number of independent decays are measured in a vertical plane parallel to the rotation axis using a corotating Particle Image Velocimetry system. We first show that, when a “simple” grid is used, a significant amount of the kinetic energy (typically 50%) is stored in a reproducible flow composed of resonant inertial modes. The possible coupling between these modes and turbulence suggests that turbulence cannot be considered as freely decaying in this configuration. We demonstrate however that these inertial modes may be significantly reduced (down to 15% of the total energy) by adding a set of inner tanks attached to the grid. These results suggest that it is possible to produce an effectively freely decaying rotating turbulence in a confined geometry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)082019/1-082019/11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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