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- We investigate the weakly nonlinear evolution of a triad of nearly-neutral modes superimposed on a mixing layer with velocity profile u bar equals Um + tanh y. The perturbation consists of a plane wave and a pair of oblique waves each inclined at approximately 60 degrees to the mean flow direction. Because the evolution occurs on a relatively fast time scale, the critical layer dynamics dominate the process and the amplitude evolution of the oblique waves is governed by an integro-differential equation. The long-time solution of this equation predicts very rapid (exponential of an exponential) amplification and we discuss the pertinence of this result to vortex pairing phenomena in mixing layers.
- Document ID: 19940011278.
Accession ID: 94N15751.
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