Lunchtime Seminar

Dynamics of gravity currents flowing up a slope

  • 11 Jul 2019
  • 12:45 - 13:30
  • Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft, Room D3
Western Europe
Delft, The Netherlands

Professor Adduce will present research results from high fidelity numerical simulations as well as from laboratory experiments on gravity currents flowing up a slope. Gravity currents are flows generated by a density difference between two fluids, caused by gradients of temperature, salinity or particles in suspension.

Gravity currents can occur both in nature as oceanic overflows, sea breeze fronts, avalanches, turbidity currents, and in industrial processes as accidental gaseous releases or buoyancy-driven ventilation processes. These currents flow over complex boundaries as salt wedges occurring in estuaries, propagating upslope over a complex bathymetry and affecting the river flow,  sea breeze penetrating inland and interacting with an upsloping topography and the gravity currents flowing up a slope and produced by internal solitary waves breaking at the continental shelf.


Claudia Adduce is Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University (Italy), where she completed her PhD in Civil Engineering in 2004. During her professional career, she spent invited research stays as Visiting Professor at several universities and research institutions as the Laboratory of Geophysical and Industrial Flows (France), Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Her research interests and contributions are in laboratory and numerical modelling of stratified flows as gravity currents and internal solitary waves, local scouring due to turbulent water jets, eddies interacting with seamounts and islands, sloshing due to stratified fluids. Her research has been published in 30 journal papers with 833 citations and h-index of 16. She has been the leader and coordinator of several international and national projects. She is member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Mathematical Problems in Engineering and she is member of the Leadership Team of the IAHR-Europe Regional Division and the Leadership Team of the IAHR Experimental Methods and Instrumentation Committee.


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