Imperial College London

Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Environmental Fluid Mechanics



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BibTex format

author = {Van, Reeuwijk M and Krug, D and Holzner, M},
doi = {10.1007/s10652-017-9514-3},
journal = {Environmental Fluid Mechanics},
pages = {225--239},
title = {Small-scale entrainment in inclined gravity currents},
url = {},
volume = {18},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - We investigate the effect of buoyancy on the small-scale aspects ofturbulent entrainment by performing direct numerical simulation of a gravity cur-rent and a wall jet. In both flows, we detect the turbulent/nonturbulent interfaceseparating turbulent from irrotational ambient flow regions using a range of en-strophy iso-levels spanning many orders of magnitude. Conform to expectation,the relative enstrophy isosurface velocityvnin the viscous superlayer scales withthe Kolmogorov velocity for both flow cases. We connect the integral entrainmentcoefficientEto the small-scale entrainment and observe excellent agreement be-tween the two estimates throughout the viscous superlayer.The contribution ofbaroclinic torque tovnis negligible, and we show that the primary reason forreduced entrainment in the gravity current as compared to the wall-jet is thereduction in the surface area of the isosurfaces.
AU - Van,Reeuwijk M
AU - Krug,D
AU - Holzner,M
DO - 10.1007/s10652-017-9514-3
EP - 239
PY - 2017///
SN - 1573-1510
SP - 225
TI - Small-scale entrainment in inclined gravity currents
T2 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics
UR -
UR -
VL - 18
ER -