Entrainment and interface dynamics of turbulent flows

Grant number: DE150100985 | Funding period: 2015 - 2017



Patches of turbulent flow such as in clouds, volcanic or bushfire plumes grow with time because they draw or entrain non-turbulent fluid through their boundaries. The quantity of fluid entrained, and why it entrains this amount, is poorly understood. This is a major bottleneck in our ability to predict how these natural phenomena evolve in time. This project aims to employ idealised laboratory models of these natural phenomena, and utilise high quality measurement techniques and theoretical tools to quantify and understand the physical basis of the entrainment mechanism. The project aims to create better climate models and more accurate predictions of natural disasters associated with bushfi..

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