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Influence of time- and depth-dependent eddy viscosity on the formation of tidal sandwaves
Roos, P.C.; Schuttelaars, H.M. (2013). Influence of time- and depth-dependent eddy viscosity on the formation of tidal sandwaves, in: Van Lancker, V. et al. (Ed.) MARID 2013: Fourth International Conference on Marine and River Dune Dynamics. Bruges, Belgium, 15-17 April 2013. VLIZ Special Publication, 65: pp. 235-240
In: Van Lancker, V.; Garlan, T. (Ed.) (2013). MARID 2013: Fourth International Conference on Marine and River Dune Dynamics. Bruges, Belgium, 15-17 April 2013. VLIZ Special Publication, 65. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences/SHOM/Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende. ISBN 978-2-11-128352-7. 338 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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  • Roos, P.C.
  • Schuttelaars, H.M., more

Abstract
    Existing model studies on sandwave dynamics point to the importance of turbulence, and particularly its temporaland spatial structure. We present an idealized model of sandwave formation, in which turbulence is accounted for by adopting a time- and depth-dependent eddy viscosity. Following linear stability analysis, the basic and perturbed flow solutions are obtained using a spectral method involving eigenfunctions that simplify the vertical stress term. First model results show favourable convergence properties of the basic state, expressing the generation of higher harmonics due to the time-dependent eddy viscosity. The perturbed state, which requires further investigation in detail, reveals large flow gradients close to the bed.

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