Chen, Jing-Chang (1980) Studies on gravitational spreading currents. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:09302010-090407312
The objective of this investigation is to examine the buoyancy-driven gravitational spreading currents, especially as applied to ocean disposal of wastewater and the accidental release of hazardous fluids.
A series of asymptotic solutions are used to describe the displacement of a gravitationally driven spreading front during an inertial phase of motion and the subsequent viscous phase. Solutions are derived by a force scale analysis and a self-similar technique for flows in stagnant, homogeneous, or linearly density-stratified environments. The self-similar solutions for inertial-buoyancy currents are found using an analogy to the well-known shallow-water wave propagation equations and also to those applicable to a blast wave in gasdynamics. For the viscous-buoyancy currents the analogy is to the viscous long wave approximation to a nonlinear diffusive wave, or thermal wave propagation. Other similarity solutions describing the initial stage of motion of the flow formed by the collapse of a finite volume fluid are developed by analogy to the expansion of a gas cloud into a vacuum. For the case of a continuous discharge there is initially a starting jet flow followed by the buoyancy-driven spreading flow. The jet mixing zone in such flows is described using Prandtl's mixing length theory. Dimensional analysis is used to derive the relevant scaling factors describing these flows.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Subject Keywords:||gravity currents, buoyancy driven flows in both inertial and viscous phases, force scale analysis, similarity solutions, gravity current flows in stagnant homogeneous or linearly density-stratified environments|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Engineering and Applied Science|
|Major Option:||Civil Engineering|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||17 March 1980|
|Author Email:||jcchen50 (AT) gmail.com|
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|Deposited By:||Benjamin Perez|
|Deposited On:||30 Sep 2010 18:34|
|Last Modified:||02 Jun 2014 20:04|
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