Asymmetric salt fingers induced by a nonlinear equation of state

Tamay M. Ozgökmen, Oleg E. Esenkov

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The impact of the nonlinearity in the equation of state associated with the change in the thermal expansion coefficient with temperature on the structure of fingers growing from an interface between two mixed layers is investigated using a numerical model. It is shown that the nonlinearity acts to enhance the buoyancy force acting on the descending fingers with respect to that acting on the ascending fingers, resulting in narrower and faster-growing descending fingers than ascending fingers. The results are discussed with emphasis on the vertical variability of properties along the fingers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1882-1890
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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