Turin Rotating Platform Italy


  • Article
    Toffoli, A; Proment, D; Salman, H; Monbaliu, J; Frascoli, F; Dafilis, M; Stramignoni, E; Forza, R; Manfrin, M; Onorato, M
    Physical Review Letters. 2017, Vol. 118, p. 144503. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.144503
    • Abstract We investigate experimentally the statistical properties of a wind-generated wave field and the spontaneous formation of rogue waves in an annular flume. Unlike many experiments on rogue waves where waves are mechanically generated, here the wave field is forced naturally by wind as it is in the ocean. What is unique about the present experiment is that the annular geometry of the tank makes waves propagating circularly in an unlimited-fetch condition. Within this peculiar framework, we discuss the temporal evolution of the statistical properties of the surface elevation. We show that rogue waves and heavy-tail statistics may develop naturally during the growth of the waves just before the wave height reaches a stationary condition. Our results shed new light on the formation of rogue waves in a natural environment.
  • Article
    Ferrero, E.; Mortarini, L.; Manfrin, M.; Solari, M.; Forza, R.
    Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 2014, Vol. 119, Issue 11, p. 6292-6305. DOI: 10.1002/2013JD021243
    • Keywords physical simulation, rotating tank, microburst
    • Abstract A laboratory simulation of atmospheric microbursts is presented. The physical model of the atmospheric phenomenon is reproduced at a reduced scale in a rotating tank (TURLab, Italy), the similitude is based on the Froude number. Different experiments were carried out varying the Rossby number, and the analysis of four significant cases is presented. The velocity, vorticity, and turbulent kinetic energy fields are evaluated together with the swirling strength analysis. The comparison with the natural prototype is eventually shown and discussed.
  • Article
    Alessio, S.; Briatore, L.; Ferrero, E.; Longhetto, A.; Giraud, C.; Morra, O.
    Boundary-Layer Meteorology. 2014, Vol. 60, Issue 3, p. 235-241. DOI: 10.1007/BF00119377
    • Abstract We performed an experimental study using scale models in a hydrodynamic rotating channel, concerning the interactions between fluid flows and obstacles of different shapes. The study was meant to analyze the characteristics of the wakes observed on the lee side of quasi-bidimensional obstacles, in a neutral atmosphere.

      The obstacles were half-cylinders (with aspect ratio 0.87), placed transversally on the channel bottom and totally submerged in the fluid. We call them “quasi-bidimensional” since their width was a little smaller than the channel width, thus allowing the flow to partially go round their edges.

      The simulations were performed in the rotating hydraulic channel of ICG-CNR in Turin, and included various conditions of rotation period and flow speed. An interesting behaviour of the wakes was found on the lee side of subsynoptic-scale obstacles, modelled in conditions of Reynolds-Rossby similitude. More precisely, if a given threshold of flow velocity is exceeded, wake size is constant and is fully determined by the height of the obstacle.