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Theme : "Mechanical Engineering Congress, 2014 Japan (MECJ-14) Part 1"

  1. Preface
    (T. Sanada, H. Yokoyama, I. Kinefuchi)
  2. Turbulent momentum, heat and mass transfer across air-sea interface at high-wind speeds
    Satoru KOMORI (Kyoto University)
  3. EFD Workshop: Measurement Error, Uncertainty Analysis and Noise Reduction Techniques in Flow Measurements
    Hitoshi ISHIKAWA (Tokyo University of Science)
  4. Technical subject of flow separation detection toward aerodynamic performance improvement of turbine blade
    Takehiko SEGAWA, Yasuchika YUKI (AIST)
  5. Particle image velocimetry for high speed air flow and uncertainty
    Shunsuke KOIKE (JAXA)
  6. Error factors and important reminders in the air-flow measurements
    Osamu TERASHIMA (Nagoya University)


Turbulent momentum, heat and mass transfer across air-sea interface at high-wind speeds

Satoru Komori
Graduate School
of Engineering

Kyoto University



It is of great importance to investigate turbulent momentum and heat transfer at extremely high wind speeds in precisely predicting growth and development of tropical cyclones such as typhoons and hurricanes, as shown in Fig.1. Mass transfer is also important in estimating the effects of tropical cyclones on the global carbon cycle between atmosphere and oceans. In this study, turbulent momentum, heat and mass transfer across the wind-driven breaking air-water interface under strong wind conditions was experimentally investigated using a high-speed wind-wave tank shown in Fig.2. The results show that drag coefficient increases at low and moderate wind speeds with increasing U10 and becomes almost constant at high wind speeds. Sensible and latent heat transfer coefficients have almost constant values at low and moderate wind speeds and rapidly increase at high wind speeds. Mass transfer coefficient also rapidly increases with U at high wind speeds. Our numerical simulation of a typhoon with our drag and heat transfer coefficients shows the bigger growth than a conventional simulation and also suggests the need for improving sub-models of cloud formation. The contribution of tropical cyclones to global CO2 transfer between atmosphere and oceans was estimated to be less than 20%. However, this contribution will depend on the future occurrence frequency of tropical cyclones.


Key words

Air-Water Interface, Turbulent Transport, Two-Phase Flow



Fig. 1 Sketch of momentum, heat and mass transfer in a typhoon.

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Fig. 2 High-speed wind -wave tank.

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