Seminars - Page 5

Time and place: Oct. 15, 2009 2:15 PM, B91

The mixing of temperature and pollutants in the ocean can be studied by examining how pairs of particles, deployed together, separate in time and space. Here we consider a recent field experiment in which 120 satellite-tracked surface drifters were deployed in pairs and triplets off the Norwegian coast. We discuss the observed dispersion, and how this can be rationalized within the framework of the theory of two-dimensional turbulence.

Joseph Lacasce is professor at the Department of Geosciences

Time and place: Oct. 8, 2009 2:15 PM, B91

Recent efforts to investigate a possible increased lifetime of old platforms have brought attention to some challenging hydrodynamic problems. Due to higher extreme waves and subsidence of seabed some of these platforms have become vulnerable to wave crests hitting the deck of the platform. Higher estimates of extreme wave crests may be due to better understanding of non-linear wave effects as well as including the uncertainty related to possible climate change effects. Due to complexity of deck geometry, CFD has been found necessary to predict wave impact loads. Numerical procedures to estimate extreme wave crests, obtain corresponding fluid particle kinematics and calculate impact loads will be presented.

Jørn Birknes is scientist at Det Norske Veritas

Time and place: Sep. 24, 2009 2:15 PM, B91

The word seismology is often associated with earthquakes. However, the tightly related term ``seismic'' comprises a valuable technology used extensively by the oil and gas industry in its exploration, development, and reservoir management operations. This talk will explain how marine seismic operations are carried out, and highlight some technological challenges that are faced. Special attention will be given to a factors like wave motion and turbulence, that add complexities to the operational environment. Such factors are challenging to handle from both a fluid dynamical and a signal-processing perspective.

Thomas Elboth is geophysicist at Fugro-Geoteam AS

Time and place: Sep. 17, 2009 12:00 PM, fellesareal utenfor B91

The slow growth of a crack in windshield represents a mechano-chemical process: The stress at the tip of the fracture is not high enough to cause rapid fracture motion. Instead, fracture motion is determined by the diffusion of hydrogen to the crack tip, where it weakens the material, leading to crack tip propagation. The velocity of the fracture depends on the coupling between deformation, transport, and reactions. Similar coupled processes determine the rate of many reaction processes of geological relevance, such as weathering and carbonation during mineralogical CO2 sequestration. We have developed numerical model that allow us to address mechano-chemical processes during fluid infiltration. The model demonstrates that fracturing assisted reaction fronts in shrinking materials propagate with a constant velocity and width, and that the reaction rate in volume increasing reactions may be accelerated by feedback processes between fluid flow, mechanical deformation, and reactions.

Anders Malthe-Sørenssen is professor at the Department of Physics, working at the center for Physics of Geological Processes

Time and place: Sep. 10, 2009 2:15 PM, B91

Jan Erik H. Weber, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo Göran Broström, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Oslo Nonlinear density-driven convection in a conditionally unstable fluid is studied theoretically. The novelty here is that the destabilizing basic density gradient is expressed in terms of the vertical perturbation velocity through a unit step function. This is done by introducing a one-way source step function due to phase transitions in the equation for the perturbation density. Then we can model the fact that the density-gradient is unstable when the perturbation vertical velocity is upward (positive), and stable when the vertical perturbation velocity is downward (negative), characterizing conditional stability. Linear analytical solutions as well as numerical results for nonlinear two-dimensional steady convection are presented.

Jan Erik Weber is professor at Department of Geosciences

Time and place: Mar. 3, 2008 2:45 PM, B91

A theoretical model for propagation of internal waves under an ice cover is developed. The sea water is considered to be inviscid, non-rotating, and incompressible and the Brunt-Väisälä frequency is supposed to be constant. The ice is considered of uniform thickness, with constant values of Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, density and compressive stress in the ice. The boundary conditions are such that the normal velocity at the bottom is zero and, at the undersurface of the ice, the linearized kinematical and dynamic boundary conditions are satisfied. We present and analyze explicit solutions for the internal waves under the ice cover and the dispersion equations. It is shown that when the frequency is near, but smaller than the Brunt-Vaisela frequency the ice deflections can be considerable. The theoretical results are compared with experimental data for the Arctic regions.

Sergey Muzylev is at the Shirsov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow

Time and place: Mar. 3, 2008 2:15 PM, B91

The study is based on field measurements since 2002. We analyze the transport of Antarctic Bottom Water in Deep Channels of the Atlantic: Vema Channel (31deg S), Romanche Fracture Zone (0 deg) and Vema Fracture Zone (11 deg N). The flow of bottom water in the Vema Channel can reach 4 mln. sq. m per second and the velocity is as high as 60 cm/s. The transport and velocities in the Romanche Fracture Zone and Vema Fracture Zone are smaller and do not exceed 500 th. sq. m per sec. The major penetration of bottom waters to the Northeastern Atlantic basins occurs through the Vema FZ but not through the Romanche FZ because strong tidal internal waves on the slopes of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge near Romanche FZ exceed 50 m, while at the Vema FZ they are approximately 20 m. Such difference in mixing of bottom waters with the overlying North Atlantic Deep water results in the fact the deep Northeastern Atlantic basins are filled with the bottom water transported through the Vema FZ.

Eugene Morozov is proessor at the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow

Time and place: Nov. 15, 2007 2:15 PM, B91

This presentation concerns the mathematical formulation of steady surface gravity waves in a Lagrangian description of motion. It will be demonstrated that classical second-order Lagrangian Stokes-like approximations do not represent a steady wave motion in the presence of net mass transport (Stokes drift). A general mathematically correct formulation is then derived. This derivation leads naturally to a Lagrangian Stokes-like perturbation scheme that is uniformly valid for all time, i.e. without secular terms. This scheme is illustrated, both for irrotational waves, with seventh-order and third-order approximations in deep water and finite depth, respectively, and for rotational waves with a third-order approximation of the Gerstner-like wave on finite depth. It is also shown that the Lagrangian approximations are more accurate than their Eulerian counterparts of same order.

Didier Clamond has been a post.-doc. at the Department at Mathematics, UiO. He is now faculty member at the University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis.

Time and place: Aug. 27, 2007 2:15 PM, B91
Time and place: Aug. 14, 2007 11:15 AM, B91

The talk deals with the stability of water waves in a shear flow. A carefully designed numerical solver enables to extend the range of previous calculations, and to obtain results for larger wavelengths (up to 20 cm) and stronger winds (up to a shear-velocity of 1 m/s). The main finding is the appearance of a second unstable mode which quite often turns out to be the dominant one. A comparison between results from the viscous model (Orr-Sommerfeld equations), and those of the inviscid model (Rayleigh equations), for 18cm long waves, reveals some similarity in the structure of the eigenfunctions, but a significant difference in the imaginary part of the eigenvalues (i.e. the growth-rate). It is found that the growth-rate for the viscous model is 10 fold larger than that of the inviscid one.

Michael Stiassnie er professor ved Technion, Israel

Time and place: May 21, 2007 12:15 PM, B91

M. Stiassnie , A. Regev, and Y. Agnon: The stability and long-time evolution of narrow spectra homogeneous seas subject to inhomogeneous disturbances is studied. Specifically, we study unidirectional spectra, where according to classical homogeneous theory (i.e. the Kinetic equation), no spectral evolution is expected. In the region of instability , recurrent evolution is discovered. This behavior is qualitatively different from recent work on discrete spectra that exhibited irreversible widening of narrow spectra. The inhomogeneous structure of the unstable modes that leads to the recurrent evolution is revealed.

Time and place: Apr. 16, 2007 12:15 PM, B91

Technip is a world-class player in engineering, technologies and construction services for oil and gas, petrochemical and other industries. With a workforce of > 22,000 people worldwide, and annual revenues of almost 7 billion euros, TECHNIP ranks among the 5 major players in full-service engineering and construction services in the field of hydrocarbons and petrochemicals. Technip Norge is a specialist offshore / subsea construction company with offices in Oslo ( Stabekk ), Stavanger and Haugesund plus a pipeline fabrication yard in Orkanger. Using a fleet of specialist vessels the main areas of activity in Norway are projects for the engineering, procurement, supply and installation of rigid pipelines, flexible risers and subsea structures plus all necessary activities related to this, such as diving, ROV operations, offshore survey, trenching and rock-dumping. The presentation will give a general introduction to the company, our special areas of technical expertise and a brief summary of some of the challanges experienced on one of our recent projects.

Tim Crome is Engineering Manager in Technip Norge AS

Time and place: Feb. 26, 2007 12:15 PM, B91

Presentasjonen omhandler fokus, hovedsamarbeidspartnere, og om hvordan mekanikk kan bidra til den nye SFFen

Hans Petter Langtangen er utdannet på mekanikk og var ansatt på Matematisk institutt før han flyttet til IFI og etterhvert SIMULA senteret. Langtangen er leder av den nye SFFen

Time and place: Jan. 25, 2007 2:15 PM, B91

Stratified flow phenomena are prevalent throughout the oceans. We present the results of laboratory experiments that study several ocean inspired problems, including: the settling of marine snow, spontaneous propulsion of asymmetric objects and the generation of internal wave beams by topography. These experiments cover a large range of physical scales, from as small as 100 microns for the settling of marine snow to several meters for internal wave generation, emphasizing the richness of interesting and important research problems is stratified flow

Dr. Tom Peacock of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, MIT is a visitor at the BILAT-program. He is an expert on theoretical physics, and does currently theoretical, experimental and field work on internal waves in the ocean.

Time and place: Nov. 27, 2006 12:15 PM, B91



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Time and place: Nov. 21, 2006 12:15 PM, B91

In a recent Ph.D. project the possibility of applying the Discontinuous Galerkin spectral/hp element method for the next generation of Boussinesq-type models has been investigated. These numerical methods have reached a level of maturity that turns them into an attractive alternative to the existing Boussinesq-type models, which traditionally have been based on finite difference methods in structured domains. In particular, we seek to take advantage of the geometrical flexibility of spectral/hp finite element methods to enable us to solve wave problems in increasingly complex environments. A nodal discontinuous Galerkin finite element method (DG-FEM) is used for the spatial discretization to solve a recently derived set of high-order Boussinesq-type equations [1] in complex and curvilinear geometries, and thereby amends the application range of previous numerical models. The new Boussinesq method allows for the accurate description of fully nonlinear and dispersive water waves in both shallow and deep waters, and to demonstrate and investigate the applicability of the model both linear and nonlinear test cases have been considered where water waves interact with bottom-mounted fully reflecting structures. References [1] Madsen, P. A., Bingham, H. B. and Liu, H. 2002 A new Boussinesq method for fully nonlinear waves from shallow to deep water. J. Fluid Mech. 462, pp. 1-30.

Dr. Allan Engsig-Karup is at Coastal, Maritime and Structural Engineering Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Lyngby, Denmark.

Time and place: Nov. 13, 2006 12:15 PM, B91

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Time and place: Oct. 31, 2006 2:15 PM, 12. etg

Air-sea interaction plays a vital role in modulating weather and climate from global scales down to scales of the smallest surface waves. Ultimately, the bulk parameterization of air-sea fluxes in coupled atmosphere-ocean models depends on small scale processes. In this talk I will present results of ongoing air-sea interaction research at Scripps that uses both traditional atmospheric measurements of heat flux along with infrared imaging of the sea surface to study wave-modulated heat flux and surface turbulence. These measurements were made off the Scripps Pier and from R/P FLIP off the coast of California. A second set of experiments was undertaken in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, which is well known for the regular occurrence of high winds in winter which blow through the mountain gap at the head of the gulf out over the Pacific. In February 2004, we conducted a 4-week campaign of airborne measurements of the development of the wave field and wind field with fetch out to approximately 500 km offshore. The primary aim of the experiment was to measure the coupled development of the wave field and wind field, including the statistics of surface wave breaking for an improved understanding of the dissipation of surface waves and their role in air-sea fluxes. We used the NSF/NCAR C130 with its standard suite of meteorological measurements, GPS dropsondes and AXBTs, along with the NASA Airborne Terrain Mapper (ATM) used as a scanning LIDAR for surface wave measurement, and a video imaging package for measuring whitecaps. I will present an overview of the experiment and the results so far pertaining to the evolution of the surface wave field, wave breaking and extreme wave statistics.

Ken Melville is professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California and is an international expert on air-sea interaction.

Time and place: Oct. 30, 2006 12:15 PM, B91

In order to secure the safety of ships travelling along the Norwegian coast, several fine-scale wave models have been applied for the most dangerous wave areas, such as the Steady State Irregular Wave Model (STwave) and a refraction model ( kyst_og_hav). Lately, the model Simulating Waves Nearshore (SWAN) from TUDelft, The Netherlands, was employed to forecast waves in Trondheim ship lane. SWAN is a spectral wave model, similar to WAM, developed for shallow water or coastal areas by including depth-induced wave breaking, triad wave-wave interaction and an implicit numerical scheme that allows SWAN to run efficiently on high horizontal resolution. At, SWAN was set up with 418x150 grid points and a 500mx500m grid cell size. It receives spectra on the outer boundaries from's operational version of WAM and is driven by winds from a 4 km x 4 km atmospheric model. The model has furthermore the option to include varying current fields (refraction, blocking, and frequency shift) which we would like to test. Current fields can be obtained from an ocean or tidal model. We will present our experience with SWAN and results so far of comparing the forecasted wave parameters with those from a buoy located at Stor-Fosna in the ship lane. Acknowledgements: The work is performed in collaboration with the Norwegian Coastal Authorities (Kystverket).

Time and place: Sep. 12, 2006 12:15 PM, B91

The temporal evolution of the energy spectrum of a field of random surface gravity waves in deep water is investigated by means of direct numerical simulations of the deterministic primitive equations. The detected rate of change of the spectrum is shown to be proportional to the cubic power of the energy density and agree quite well with the nonlinear energy transfer $S_{nl}$ as predicted by Hasselmann. In spite of the fact that use of various asymptotic relations which are valid only for $t\to\infty$ or integration with respect to time over a time scale much longer than $O({\rm period}\times (ak)^{-2})$ are necessary in the derivation of Hasselmann's $S_{nl}$, it is clearly demonstrated that the rate of change of the spectrum given by the numerical simulation agrees quite well with Hasselmann's $S_{nl}$ at every instant of ordinary time scale comparable to the period. The result implies that the four-wave resonant interactions control the evolution of the spectrum at every instant of time, while non-resonant interactions do not make any significant contribution even in a short-term evolution. It is also pointed out that the result may call for a reexamination of the process of derivation of the kinetic equation for the spectrum.

Time and place: Aug. 22, 2006 2:15 PM, B71

The problem of the long wave runup on a beach is discussed in the framework of the rigorous solutions of the nonlinear shallow-water theory. The key and novel moment here is the analysis of the runup of a certain class of asymmetric waves, the face slope steepness of which exceeds the back slope steepness. Shown is that the runup height increases when the relative face slope steepness increases whereas the rundown weakly depends on the steepness. The results partially explain why the tsunami waves with the steep front (as it was for the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean) penetrate deeper into inland compared with symmetric waves of the same height and length.