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The influence of azimuthal velocity and a parallel wall on vortex ring evolution

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posted on 2017-05-31, 01:39 authored by CHRISTOPHER LUKE GARGAN-SHINGLES
This thesis explores the dynamics of vortex ring evolution, when influenced by either swirling flow, or a nearby parallel wall. A numerical algorithm is used to explore these dynamics, over various parameter spaces. It is shown that swirling vortex rings experience an equilibration period in a similar manner to non-swirling vortex rings. The instability characteristics of such rings are isolated and compared to those of Batchelor vortex pairs. Finally, the influence of a wall placed parallel to the translation axis of a vortex is explored, and the increase in wall-normal flow rate due to the ring identified.


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Principal supervisor

Murray Rudman

Additional supervisor 1

Kris Ryan

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Engineering