Linear stability of dunes and antidunes

Ali, S.Z. and Dey, S. (2021) Linear stability of dunes and antidunes. Physics of Fluids, 33 (9). ISSN 10706631

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Dunes and antidunes on sand and gravel streambeds propagate with a finite speed, with dunes propagating downstream and antidunes propagating both upstream and downstream. Existing linear stability theories predict the dune propagation reasonably well. However, in light of the experimental data, they fail to accurately predict the directional preference of antidunes. We revisit the problem by employing a one-equation rotational-flow model. For bedload-dominant streams, the phase lag between the sediment flux and the local bed topography is the central mechanism causing the instability. We find a clear signature of the non-propagating perturbation within the unstable region of antidunes, separating the upstream and downstream propagating antidunes. The present model offers a unique reconstruction of the linear stability map, capturing satisfactorily the experimental data of dunes, antidunes, and the transition from dunes to antidunes. © 2021 Author(s).

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Bed topography; Finite speed; Linear Stability; Linear stability theory; One-equation; Sand and gravels; Sediment flux; Unstable regions
Subjects: Civil Engineering
Divisions: Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs Haseena VKKM
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2022 06:52
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2022 06:52
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