MODELING TURBULENT BOTTOM BOUNDARY LAYER DYNAMICS

Y.P. Sheng

Abstract


This paper presents a modeling approach aimed at solving a complete hierarchy of turbulent bottom boundary layers which are often encountered in practical coastal and oceanographic engineering problems. The practical problem is extremely complex due to the presence and interaction of competing processes. A comprehensive model is thus needed to first provide fundamental understanding of a variety of turbulent bottom boundary layers before any simple model for the complex problem can be meaningfully constructed. This paper presents a comprehensive second-order closure model of turbulent transport and in addition, discusses some applications of the model to wave boundary layer, wave-current boundary layer, sediment-laden boundary layer and two-dimensional boundary layer. Example is provided to show how such a comprehensive model may be used to guide the development of a simple model.

Keywords


boundary layer; turbulent boundary layer; bottom boundary layer; bottom dynamics

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