Graduate Teaching

Experiments are performed by students to demonstrate some basic principles of stratified and rotating flow dynamics.

Some of these experiments are shown and explained below. Click on the images for more details.


 
 
Beta-Plane:
demonstrating the effect of a bottom slope or the curvature of the Earth on large-scale rotating fluid flows
 
 
Double Diffusion:
demonstrating layering in density stratified fluids due to competing effects of salt and heat diffusion
 
 
Ekman Pumping:
demonstrating how surface stress affects mixing in rotating fluids
 
 
Gravity Currents in a 2-Layer Fluid:
demonstrating the generation of waves due to an intrusion of dense saline water.
 
 
Gravity Currents on a Slope:
demonstrating the flow of dense saline water down an incline
 
 
Salt Fingers:
demonstrating the evolution of hot, saline water overlying cold fresh water

Last updated by:
Bruce R. Sutherland, Apr. 98,