Modelling the separation and eddy formation of coastal currents in a stratified tank

Seth H Lichter*, J. B. Flór, G. J F van Heijst

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Abstract

Experiments were performed to investigate the separation and vortex development of a wall-jet in a stratified tank. A horizontal jet was introduced adjacent to and parallel to a wall. On a fast time scale O (1/Brunt-Väisälä frequency) a planar flow was generated by gravitational collapse of the initially three-dimensional jet. Fluorescein was used for visualization. Vorticity and stream function were determined by optically tracking tracer particles. The current separated from the wall, then organized into an asymmetrical dipole which propagated away from the wall. The stronger region of vorticity stretched the weaker region about itself. As a result, the long-time structure was a monopole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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