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Diffusion from an elevated point source into a turbulent atmosphere

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 February 2010

T. S. Walters
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Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Wales, Swansea.

Summary

A solution is obtained of the problem of diffusion from an elevated point source into a turbulent atmospheric flow over a horizontal ground z = 0. The mechanism of the turbulence is the one considered by D. R. Davies [1[ when he obtained a solution of the same problem in the case when the source is at ground level, the specifications for the mean wind velocity V, and for the across-wind diffusivity Ky, and for the vertical diffusivity Kz, being V αzm, Ky αzm, Kz αz1−m, where m is a constant. Predictions of the solution are that the maximum concentration at ground level of the diffusing matter varies inversely as h1·8 in adiabatic conditions, where h is source height, and that the distance downwind from the source to the point where this maximum concentration is attained varies, in these conditions, as h1·3.

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Copyright © University College London 1965

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References

1. Davies, D. R., Quart. J. Mech. Appl. Math., 3 (1950).Google Scholar
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