Large eddy simulation of gravity currents: a finite element analysis

Brian Baitis

This paper is a compilation of my undergraduate research for the 2004 & 2005 school year. The motivation behind this project was to first understand what gravity currents were and why we study them. We did this by running a numerical model and tested several parameters to see their effects on the solution of the gravity currents. Then, I wrote a finite element code for the less complex convection-diffusion problem to help my understanding of the Navier Stokes Equations. Since convection diffusion is a linear model of the Navier-Stokes equations, the two can be related.