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Implementation of an Oscillating Facility to Study Internal Wave Dynamics

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Implementation of an Oscillating Facility to Study Internal Wave Dynamics

Many geophysical flows are stratified. The presence of stratification allows waves (internal waves) to develop and propagate. Internal wave carry energy and when they break the mix fluid. In the ocean, internal wave breaking enhances the transport of heat and carbon dioxide across layers. This process is thus one of the key regulator of climate at millenial scale, even though it occurs at temporal scales of minutes to hours. In our lab we are building a platform to study experimentally the interaction of this waves at scales that are relevant for the environment. We are looking for students who are interested in designing an oscillating platform to perform experiments.

The student should be able to design a platform able to oscillate a load of at least 1,500 Kg with an acceleration of 0.01 m/s^2. Experience with design software and on how to stepper motors is required.

Send resume to Dr. Alberto Scotti adscotti@asu.edu

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