For channel flow, we explore how a hairpin eddy may reach a threshold strength required to produce additional hairpins by means of auto-generation. This is done by studying the evolution of two eddies with different initial strengths (but both below the threshold strength), initial sizes and initial stream-wise spacing between them. The numerical procedure followed is similar to Zhou et al . The two eddies were found to merge into a single stronger eddy in case of a larger upstream and a smaller downstream eddy placed within a certain initial stream-wise separation distance. Subsequently, the resulting stronger eddy was observed to auto-generate new eddies. Merging of eddies thus is a viable explanation for the creation of the threshold strength eddies. \\[4pt]  J. Zhou, R.J. Adrian, S. Balachandar, and T.M. Kendall, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 387:353-396, 1999.
|Journal||American Physical Society. Bulletin|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||65th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics - s.l., San Diego, California, United States|
Duration: 18 Nov 2012 → 20 Nov 2012