Travelling wave convection in a rotating layer

Edgar Knobloch, Mary Silber

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Small amplitude twodimensional Boussinesq convection in a plane layer with stress-free boundaries rotating uniformly about the vertical is studied. A horizontally unbounded layer is modelled by periodic boundary conditions. When the centrifugal force is balanced by an appropriate pressure gradient the resulting equations are translation invariant, and overstable convection can take the form of travelling waves. In the Prandtl number regime 0.53 < σ < 0.68 such solutions are preferred over the more usual standing waves. For σ<0.53, travelling waves are stable provided the Taylor number is sufficiently large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-209
Number of pages15
JournalGeophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Mar 1990


  • Convection
  • Takens-Bogdanov bifurcation
  • codimension-two bifurcation
  • rotating fluids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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