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Statistics of surface gravity wave turbulence in the space and time domains

Nazarenko, Sergey; Lukaschuk, Sergei; McLelland, Stuart; Denissenko, Petr Valerievich; Denissenko, Petr


Sergey Nazarenko

Sergei Lukaschuk

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Dr Stuart McLelland
Interim Co-Director of the Energy and Environment Institute

Petr Valerievich Denissenko

Petr Denissenko


We present experimental results on simultaneous spacetime measurements for the gravity wave turbulence in a large laboratory flume. We compare these results with predictions of the weak turbulence theory (WTT) based on random waves, as well as with predictions based on the coherent singular wave crests. We see that the both wavenumber and frequency spectra are not universal and dependent on the wave strength, with some evidence in favour of the WTT at larger wave intensities when the finite-flume effects are minimal. We present further theoretical analysis of the role of the random and coherent waves in the wave probability density function (p.d.f.) and the structure functions (SFs). Analysing our experimental data we found that the random waves and the coherent structures/breaks coexist: the former show themselves in a quasi-Gaussian p.d.f. core and the low-order SFs and the latter in the p.d.f. tails and the high-order SFs. It appears that the x-space signal is more intermittent than the t-space signal, and the x-space SFs capture more singular coherent structures than the t-space SFs do. We outline an approach treating the interactions of these random and coherent components as a turbulence cycle characterized by the turbulence fluxes in both the wavenumber and the amplitude spaces. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.


Nazarenko, S., Lukaschuk, S., McLelland, S., & Denissenko, P. (2010). Statistics of surface gravity wave turbulence in the space and time domains. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 642, 395-420.

Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2009
Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2009
Publication Date Jan 10, 2010
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Journal of fluid mechanics
Print ISSN 0022-1120
Electronic ISSN 1469-7645
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 642
Pages 395-420
Keywords REF 2014 submission
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of fluid mechanics, 2010, v.642.


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