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Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 189-202, 2017
http://www.nonlin-processes-geophys.net/24/189/2017/
doi:10.5194/npg-24-189-2017
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Research article
03 May 2017
Trajectory encounter volume as a diagnostic of mixing potential in fluid flows
Irina I. Rypina and Lawrence J. Pratt
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ED: Publish as is (01 Apr 2017) by Stephen Wiggins
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Short summary
Fluid parcels exchange water properties when coming into contact with each other, leading to mixing. The trajectory encounter volume, defined here as the volume of fluid that passes close to a reference trajectory over a finite time interval, is introduced as a measure of the mixing potential of a flow. Regions with a low encounter volume (the cores of coherent eddies) have a low mixing potential. Regions with a large encounter volume (turbulent or chaotic regions) have a high mixing potential.
Fluid parcels exchange water properties when coming into contact with each other, leading to...
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