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Micrositing variability and mean flow scaling for marine turbulence in Ramsey Sound / Michael Togneri; Ian Masters
Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, Volume: 2, Issue: 1, Pages: 35 - 46
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We present turbulence results from two acoustic Doppler current profiler measurement campaigns carried out in Ramsey Sound at two locations within 50mof one another. The first measurements were taken in 2009 and the second in 2011; both include a complete spring–neap cycle. In this paper we characte...
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We present turbulence results from two acoustic Doppler current profiler measurement campaigns carried out in Ramsey Sound at two locations within 50mof one another. The first measurements were taken in 2009 and the second in 2011; both include a complete spring–neap cycle. In this paper we characterise turbulence through turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) density and integral lengthscales and their relationships with one another and with mean flow parameters. We briefly describe the methods used to calculate these parameters. We find that a flood–ebb asymmetry is present in the data from both measurement campaigns, but although the flood tides are similar at both locations, the ebb tides are much more energetic in the 2011 data than the 2009 data. We suggest that this may be due to differences in seabed features between the two measurement locations. Dimensional analysis is employed to investigate how TKE scales with mean flow velocity; we find that the expected quadratic scaling is not well supported by the data at either measurement location. As a consequence, flows that have more energetic turbulence may instead appear to be less turbulent if judged by turbulence intensity. We investigate the correlation between lengthscales and TKE density and find that it is highly site-specific: it should not be assumed that for a given measurement location highly energetic turbulence is associated with larger flow structures or vice versa.