Fluid Motion Over Topography on a Rotating Planet

Alan Andonian, Iury Simoes-Sousa, Dr. Amit Tandon, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA 02747

Numerical models are essential for natural sciences not only to forecast storms and extreme events, but it also gives insights about the dynamics and formation of physical processes using simplified simulations. This latter approach is the so-called feature modeling. I am analyzing output from a numerical experiment to study the formation of Taylor columns in geophysical fluids like the atmosphere and ocean. In this project, we employ the MIT General Circulation Model (MITgcm) to numerically simulate the initial value problem of a flow response to a topographic bump in a non-inertial frame of reference. The formation of Taylor columns is counter-intuitive for most observers. This work will present the development and the flow fields from the simulations using visualizations. Further development of the simulation will introduce density layering in the fluid to allow for higher complexities in the simulation and to bring it closer to nature.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Alan Andonian, Iury Simoes-Sousa -
Amit Tandon -

Institution: University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth

Type: Oral

Subject: Engineering

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 721
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