Experimental study of internal mixing and near-bed dynamics induced by restricted stratified exchange flows

Magda Carr, Jarle Berntsen, Alan Cuthbertson, Janek Laanearu, Madis-Jaak Lilover, Oyvind Thiem, Joel Sommeria

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Abstract

This paper presents details of an experimental study investigating internal flow and near-bed dynamics induced by restricted exchange flows over idealized, scaled obstructions, representing both submerged estuarine sand bars and fjordic sills. The experiments are being performed within a specially constructed rectangular channel sited within the new large diameter Coriolis Rotating Platform II at LEGI Grenoble. Both rigid and erodible obstructions, having idealized trapezoidal cross-section with smoothed edges, will be considered. Experimental measurements will focus on obtaining high-resolution velocity and density profiles in the vicinity of obstruction to observe and quantify the internal mixing and near-bed dynamics generated by exchange flows under both rotating and non-rotating conditions. It is anticipated that this study will result in improved understanding of parametric controls on interfacial mixing and entrainment/detrainment processes for restricted exchange flows in silled fjordic basins, as well as boundary layer processes associated sediment transport and bed morphological changes encountered in semi-enclosed estuaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the HYDRALAB IV Joint User Meeting, Lisbon, July 2014.
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
EventProceedings of the HYDRALAB IV Joint User Meeting - Portugal, Lisbon, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jun 2014 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the HYDRALAB IV Joint User Meeting
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLisbon
Period1/06/14 → …

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    Carr, M., Berntsen, J., Cuthbertson, A., Laanearu, J., Lilover, M-J., Thiem, O., & Sommeria, J. (2014). Experimental study of internal mixing and near-bed dynamics induced by restricted stratified exchange flows. In Proceedings of the HYDRALAB IV Joint User Meeting, Lisbon, July 2014.