Vortex Dynamics

Authored by: G.J.F. van Heijst

Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439816691
eBook ISBN: 9781439816707
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Vortices are observed in nature in many different situations and in various types of appearance. For example, in the atmosphere organized vortex motion is observed in large-scale depressions, cyclones, tornadoes, and on smaller scales in dust devils and water spouts. Less-organized vortex structures are also abundant, for example, in the form of turbulent eddies in developing cumulus clouds, in the turbulent flow of smoke emanating from active volcanoes or industrial chimneys, and also in the vertical motion around large buildings on a windy day.

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