This paper describes detailed measurements and analysis of the time-varying distribution of void fractions in three different breaking waves under laboratory conditions. The measurements were made with highly sensitive optical fibre phase detection probes and document the rapid spatial and temporal evolutions of both the bubble plume generated beneath the free surface and the splashes above. Integral properties of the measured void fraction fields reveal a remarkable degree of similarity between characteristics of the two-phase flow in different breaker types as they evolve with time. Depending on the breaker type, the energy expended in entraining air and generating splash accounts for a minimum of between 6.5 and 14% of the total energy dissipated during wave breaking.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Dec 2007|
Blenkinsopp, C. E., & Chaplin, J. R. (2007). Void fraction measurements in breaking waves. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 463(2088), 3151-3170. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2007.1901