Journal article

Large eddy simulation of a stratified boundary layer under an oscillatory current

Bishakhdatta Gayen, Sutanu Sarkar, John R Taylor

JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

A numerical study based on large eddy simulation is performed to investigate a bottom boundary layer under an oscillating tidal current. The focus is on the boundary layer response to an external stratification. The thermal field shows a mixed layer that is separated from the external stratified fluid by a thermocline. The mixed layer grows slowly in time with an oscillatory modulation by the tidal flow. Stratification strongly affects the mean velocity profiles, boundary layer thickness and turbulence levels in the outer region although the effect on the near-bottom unstratified fluid is relatively mild. The turbulence is asymmetric between the accelerating and decelerating stages. The asym..

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