Fast spectral solutions of the double-gyre problem in a turbulent flow regime

S. Elnaz Naghibi*, Sergey A. Karabasov, Mir A. Jalali, S. M.Hadi Sadati

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Several semi-analytical models are considered for a double-gyre problem in a turbulent flow regime for which a reference fully numerical eddy-resolving solution is obtained. The semi-analytical models correspond to solving the depth-averaged Navier–Stokes equations using the spectral Galerkin approach. The robustness of the linear and Smagorinsky eddy-viscosity models for turbulent diffusion approximation is investigated. To capture essential properties of the double-gyre configuration, such as the integral kinetic energy, the integral angular momentum, and the jet mean-flow distribution, an improved semi-analytical model is suggested that is inspired by the idea of scale decomposition between the jet and the surrounding flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-767
Number of pages23
JournalApplied Mathematical Modelling
Early online date29 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • Double-gyre
  • Galerkin approximation
  • Multi-scale
  • Ocean modelling


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