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PhD Seminar 2023-3-8 by Lukas Florian Meldau

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05 March 2023, 5:29 PM

Speaker: Lukas Florian Meldau (PhD student)

Date: 2023-3-8
Room: ES354

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Meeting ID: 307-1339-4734

Title: Constant Stress Layer Characteristics in Simulated Stratified Air Flows: Implications for Aeolian Transport


Varying thermal atmospheric stability conditions and their effects on shearing flows have long been a subject of interest for researchers working in atmospheric science. The development of new instrument technologies now offers an opportunity to study flows with high spatial and temporal resolutions in wind tunnel atmospheric boundary layers. In the present study, we use a laser Doppler anemometer within the Trent Environmental Wind Tunnel Laboratory to investigate the influence of thermal stratification on the constant stress layer. Analyses of the thermal stratification represented by the gradient Richardson number and the apparent von Kármán parameter, shear velocity, and the slope of the streamwise velocity profiles reveal strong linear relationships. An exponential relationship between thermal stability and the apparent roughness length is also revealed. Profiles of the streamwise and vertical velocity and turbulence intensity, as well as the cross-turbulence, appear to be influenced by the gradient Richardson number. This research has implications for modelling sediment entrainment and transport by wind.

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