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On the evolution of laminar vortex rings

Weigand, A. and Gharib, M. (1997) On the evolution of laminar vortex rings. Experiments in Fluids, 22 (6). pp. 447-457. ISSN 0723-4864. doi:10.1007/s003480050071.

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Using Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) and Digital Particle Image Velocimetry (DPIV), the physical properties of laminar vortex rings are investigated in the Reynolds-number range 830 ≤ Re ≤ 1650. The measured initial circulations of the vortex rings are found to agree well with corrected versions of the vorticity-flux (slug-flow) model proposed by Didden and Pullin. The DPIV and LDA data show excellent agreement regarding local velocities and vortex-ring circulations. The DPIV data depict the distribution of the vorticity and circulation in the core regions, where the resulting vorticity distributions are found to be self-similar Gaussian profiles. The propagation velocity of the vortex rings is well approximated by an analytical model of Saffman for large core sizes. In the asymptotic limit t → ∞, the trajectories are in excellent agreement with the exact Stokes-dipole solution of Cantwell and Rott.

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Additional Information:© 1997 Springer-Verlag. Received: 11 October 1995; Accepted: 22 March 1996. The support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR-URI grant N00014-92-J-1610) under the program management of Dr. Edwin Rood is gratefully acknowledged.
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