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  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Volume 498
  • January 2004, pp. 1-21

Vortex dynamos

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  • Published online: 01 January 2004

We investigate the kinematic dynamo properties of interacting vortex tubes. These flows are of great importance in geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics: for a large range of systems, turbulence is dominated by such coherent structures. We obtain a dynamically consistent $2 \frac{1}{2}$-dimensional velocity field of the form $\left(u(x,y,t),v(x,y,t),w(x,y,t)\right)$ by solving the $z$-independent Navier–Stokes equations in the presence of helical forcing. This system naturally forms vortex tubes via an inverse cascade. It has chaotic Lagrangian properties and is therefore a candidate for fast dynamo action. The kinematic dynamo properties of the flow are calculated by determining the growth rate of a small-scale seed field. The growth rate is found to have a complicated dependence on Reynolds number $\Rey$ and magnetic Reynolds number $\Rem$, but the flow continues to act as a dynamo for large $\Rey$ and $\Rem$. Moreover the dynamo is still efficient even in the limit $\Rey \,{\gg}\, \Rem$, providing $\Rem$ is large enough, because of the formation of coherent structures.

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