Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
College of Science and Mathematics
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Lagrangian functions, Fluid dynamics
In this work, we have developed an experimental flow tank that can produce realistic ocean-like flows, including multi-gyre flows. By generating controllable ocean-like flow fields, we can study the flows to gain a better understanding of ocean dynamics. In particular, we use particle image velocimetry and finite-time Lyapunov exponents to determine the location of the Lagrangian Coherent Structures that determine transport in complex fluid flows. This understanding is useful for designing control algorithms and for optimizing the use of autonomous vehicles operating in the stochastic and time-dependent ocean environment.
Shkembi, Klodiana, "Detection of Coherent Structures in Flows" (2016). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 610.