Eddy formation behind a coastal headland

P.A. Davies, J.M. Dakin, R.A. Falconer

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The two-dimensional steady flow of a coastal flow past a headland has been considered. Results from a numerical model are presented to show the transient and steady state flow structures downstream of the headland, for a range of external parameters. It is demonstrated that the flows are of two types. The results show that the size of the attached eddy and the vorticity distribution within it are controlled strongly by the value of bottom friction parameter, though the maximum vorticity within the eddy depends only upon the incident flow velocity and the horizontal dimension of the obstruction. -Authors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-167
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Coastal Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • coastal flows
  • headlands
  • lee eddies
  • topographic effect, Coasts
  • Eddies
  • Headlands


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