Investigation of kelvin–helmholtz instability in the stable boundary layer using large eddy simulation

Ji Sung Na, Emilia Kyung Jin, Joon Sang Lee

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We conducted a large eddy simulation of the stable boundary layer in order to investigate the coherent structure of the Kelvin–Helmholtz instability (KHI). The simulations were performed using the initial conditions based on the Beaufort Sea Arctic Stratus Experiment. We used the Richardson criteria and the linear stability analysis methods to detect the KHI and to adopt the eigenvalue and the two-point correlation methods to identify the vortex cores near the KHI region. In the two-point correlation analysis, the rotating configuration of the KHI varied in angles and lengths, according to the difference in the distance to the inversion layer. These vortex cores were divided into four components in different directions, defined by the signs of the x and y vorticities (Wx and Wy, respectively), and the vortex cores of the two components related to the negative Wy were elongated along the streamwise direction. The ratio between the sweeps and the ejections exhibited a linear trend as the boundary layer became more stable. Also, the sweep motion was dominant to the ejection motion for a high-stability index of 1.63. Furthermore, the plot of the vortex angles versus the stability index illustrated a linear relationship, indicating that the varying trends of the vortex angles were independent from the distance to the inversion layer in a sensitivity study of the vortex angle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7876-7888
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 16

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Acknowledgments This research was funded by the Korea Meteorological Administration and conducted by Korea Institute of Atmospheric Predictions Systems. Supercomputing resources, including technical support (KSC-2012-C2-24), were provided by the National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking/Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information. This work was also supported by a grant from the Midcareer Researcher Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (grant NRF-2013R1A2A2A01015333). This work was also supported by Business (grants C0151226) in 2014 for Cooperative R&D between Industry, Academy, and Research Institute funded by Korea Small and Medium Business Administration.

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