Flow Structures and Momentum Transport in Turbulent Rotating Plane Couette Flow

  • Takuya Kawata
  • P. Henrik AlfredssonEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 196)


In turbulent plane Couette flow subject to spanwise anti-cyclonic system rotation there exist both large-scale roll-cell structures that arises due to the Coriolis instability and smaller-scale turbulence. The transport equations of the large-scale and small-scale parts of the Reynolds stress are derived and we decompose the flow field into its large- and small-scale parts using spatial low-pass filtering in order to closely investigate the interaction between the roll cells and the small-scale turbulence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Linné Flow CentreKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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