How vegetation in flows modifies the turbulent mixing and spreading of jets
Author(s)Mossa, Michele; Ben Meftah, Mouldi; De Serio, Francesca; Nepf, Heidi
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While studies on vegetated channel flows have been developed in many research centers, studies on jets interacting with vegetation are still rare. This study presents and analyzes turbulent jets issued into an obstructed cross-flow, with emergent vegetation simulated with a regular array of cylinders. The paper presents estimates of the turbulence diffusion coefficients and the main turbulence variables of jets issued into a vegetated channel flow. The experimental results are compared with jets issued into unobstructed cross-flow. In the presence of the cylinder array, the turbulence length-scales in the streamwise and transverse directions were reduced, relative to the unobstructed crossflow. This contributed to a reduction in streamwise turbulent diffusion, relative to the unobstructed conditions. In contrast, the transverse turbulent diffusion was enhanced, despite the reduction in length-scale, due to enhanced turbulent intensity and the transverse deflection of flow around individual cylinders. Importantly, in the obstructed condition, the streamwise and transverse turbulent diffusion coefficients are of the same order of magnitude.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Mossa, Michele et al. “How Vegetation in Flows Modifies the Turbulent Mixing and Spreading of Jets.” Scientific Reports 7, 1 (July 2017): 6587 © 2017 The Author(s)
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