dishpan experiment

dishpan experiment

[′dish‚pan ik‚sper·ə·mənt]
(meteorology)
A model experiment carried out by differential heating of fluid in a flat, rotating pan; it establishes similarity with the atmosphere and is used to reproduce many important features of the general circulation and, on a smaller scale, atmospheric motion.
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Instead he became fascinated by geophysical fluid dynamics and the many problems of understanding the development of structured flow patterns that arise from the chaotic patterns of random turbulence, as exemplified by the so-called dishpan experiments. He collaborated with George Platzman, the leading expert at the time, and set his students at McGill to work on clarifying the transition from axialsymmetric flow to wavelike flow.