Numerical simulation of internal solitary wave-induced reverse flow and associated vortices in a shallow, two-layer fluid benthic boundary layer

Oyvind Thiem, Magda Carr, Jarle Berntsen, Peter A. Davies

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    The wave-induced velocity and pressure fields beneath a large amplitude internal solitary wave of depression propagating over a smooth, flat, horizontal, and rigid boundary in a shallow two-layer fluid are computed numerically. A numerical ocean model is utilised, the set-up of which is designed and tuned to replicate the previously published experimental results of Carr and Davies (Phys Fluids 18(1):016,601-1-016,601-10, 2006). Excellent agreement is found between the two data sets and, in particular, the numerical simulation replicates the finding of a reverse flow along the bed aft of the wave. The numerically computed velocity and pressure gradients confirm that the occurrence of the reverse flow is a consequence of boundary layer separation in the adverse pressure gradient region. In addition, vortices associated with the reverse flow are seen to form near the bed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)857-872
    Number of pages16
    JournalOcean Dynamics
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


    • Internal solitary wave of depression
    • Boundary layer separation
    • Reverse flow
    • OCEAN
    • SLOPE
    • MODEL
    • SILL
    • SEA

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