Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2017/2018
Belonging course: 
Course of Master's Degree Programme on NAVIGATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES
Disciplinary sector: 
OCEANOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE (GEO/12)
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Course description

The course aims to provide students with the basic, theoretical and applied knowledge, of the so-called Environmental Fluid Dynamics.
- Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate the knowledge of the course contents and the best practices to tackle phenomena inducing chenges in the concentration of substances within a fluid environment.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate the ability to apply the correct approach to situations of input of substances into a fluid environment, on the basis of the available data and of the requested output.
- Autonomy of judgment: Students must be able to independently evaluate different situations wrt the standard ones presented by the teacher during the course, and to adopt the best resolution methods.
- Communicative Skills: The student must have the ability to present the course material within an oral examination using the correct scientific language.
- Learning Skills: Students must be able to continue their education in the future through the consultation of texts and publications (mainly in English) in order to acquire the ability to deepen the understanding of transport and transformation processes in a fluid environment.

Prerequisites

Knowledge provided by the courses of:
- Calculus I and II
- Physics I and I

Syllabus

Definition of concentration
Physical transport processes
Eulerian approach: Fick’s law
Diffusion equation
Buckingham’s pi theorem
Solution of the diffusion equation for a point release in space and time, for a continuous release in space and/or in time
Advection-diffusion equation
Transformations
Advection-diffusion-reaction equation
Lagrangian approach
Random walk
Bernoulli’s distribution
Equivalence between the two approaches
Three- and two-dimensional turbulence
Single particle statistics: Taylor diffusion
Chaotic advection
Particle pair statistics: Lyapunov exponents

Teaching Methods

Textbooks

- notes and presentations available on the e-learning portal
- Scott A. Socolofsky & Gerhard H. Jirka: Environmental Fluid Mechanics Part I: Mass Transfer and Diffusion
(downloadable from the web: https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/ssocolofsky/ocenx89/downloads/book/socolo...)
- GT Csanady: Turbulent Diffusion in the Environment, Reidel pub
- A Vulpiani: Determinismo e Caos, Carocci ed.

Learning assessment

Oral examination, which includes an application of a water or air quality model

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