Physical Simulation of Dispersion in Complex Terrain and Valley Drainage Flow Situations

  • Robert N. Meroney
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Meteorologists are frequently faced with problems requiring quantitative estimates of air flow patterns and turbulence characteristics over complex terrain. Use of the wind flow information includes air pollution zoning, prediction of smoke movement from forest fires or slash burning, mine tailing dust dispersal, estimation of the movement of vegetative disease vectors or pests, and the siting of fossil fuel burning industrial facilities or power plants. In view of the practical difficulties in obtaining useful results, whether by analytical, numerical, or field investigation means, it is natural to explore the possibilities of simulating flow and diffusion over irregular terrain by means of physical model experiments on the laboratory scale.


Wind Tunnel Rayleigh Number Froude Number Richardson Number Complex Terrain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert N. Meroney
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  1. 1.Institut Wasserbau IIIUniversity of KarlsruheKarlsruhe 1Deutschland
  2. 2.Fluid Mechanics and Wind Engineering ProgramColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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