12.802 Waves, Instability and Turbulence at Small Scales


Class Info

Covers basic concepts of wave motion, flow instability, and turbulence in rotating and stratified fluids with emphasis on small scales. Presents wave properties, including the dispersion relation, phase and group velocities, and wave kinematics, and uses these concepts to study the dynamics of surface and internal gravity waves, Poincare waves, Kelvin waves, and topographic waves. Includes flow instability. Explores general concepts of linear instability in small-scale stratified shear flows (Rayleigh and Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities); examines non-rotating stratified turbulence resulting from these instabilities. Also discusses wave-mean flow interaction, hydraulic control, the entrainment assumption, and the interpretation of microstructure observations.

This class has 12.800 as a prerequisite.

12.802 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by K. Helfrich (WHOI).

Lecture occurs 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 54-823.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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