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A Wind-Tunnel Artificially-Thickened Simulated Weakly Unstable Atmospheric Boundary Layer

Hancock, PE, Zhang, S and Hayden, P (2013) A Wind-Tunnel Artificially-Thickened Simulated Weakly Unstable Atmospheric Boundary Layer BOUNDARY-LAYER METEOROLOGY, 149 (3). pp. 355-380.

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Abstract

A wind-tunnel simulation of an atmospheric boundary layer, artificially thickened as is often used in neutral flow wind-loading studies, has been investigated for weakly unstable stratification, including the effect of an overlying inversion. Rather than using a uniform inlet temperature profile, the inlet profile was adjusted iteratively by using measured downstream profiles. It was found that three cycles are sufficient for there to be no significant further change in profiles of temperature and other quantities. Development to nearly horizontally-homogeneous flow took a longer distance than in the neutral case because the simulated layer was deeper and therefore the length scales larger. Comparisons show first-order and second-order moments quantities are substantially larger than given by 'standard forms' in the mixed layer but are close in the surface layer. Modified functions, obtained by matching one to the other, are suggested that amount to an interpolation in the mixed layer between the strongly unstable and the weakly unstable cases.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Hancock, PEUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Zhang, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hayden, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2013
Identification Number : 10.1007/s10546-013-9847-5
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences, METEOROLOGY & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES, Atmospheric boundary layer, Convective boundary layer, Scaling laws, Wind-tunnel experiment, TURBULENCE STRUCTURE
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Additional Information : The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10546-013-9847-5
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Oct 2015 14:04
Last Modified : 28 Oct 2015 14:04
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809032

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