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On secondary vorticity in internal waves


Authors: B. D. Dore and M. A. Al-Zanaidi
Journal: Quart. Appl. Math. 37 (1979), 35-50
MSC: Primary 76V05; Secondary 76C05
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/qam/530667
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Abstract: The generation of secondary vorticity in maintained and temporally-decaying wave motions is investigated for internal waves in fluid of great depth. In the case of two semi-infinite, homogeneous fluids of different density, the interfacial boundary layers generate a second-order, mean vorticity which diffuses inwards into the interior of both fluids, and the net vorticity produced is zero. For a continuously-stratified fluid, the free surface layer plays an indirect role and secondary vorticity, initially generated only within stratified regions by the action of a Reynolds stress, diffuses, in general, over the whole fluid, and no steady-state vorticity field is established. In finite depths, a steady state ultimately exists for maintained waves, and the mass transport velocity field is investigated.


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