A numerical study on the formation of a thermocline in shear-free turbulence

Y. Noh, H. J.S. Fernando

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The formation of a thermocline generated by the interaction between a stabilizing buoyancy flux and shear-free turbulence was studied using a numerical model. The time evolutions of the vertical distributions of the buoyancy and turbulent kinetic energy were calculated and were used to evaluate the depth of the thermocline and the time required for its formation. The numerical results are compared with the results of previous laboratory experiments. The mechanisms responsible for the formation of the thermocline are discussed in view of the numerical results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-426
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics of Fluids A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Jan 1


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