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Wave turbulence: beyond weak turbulence

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
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 Total cost 1˙991˙611 €
 EC max contribution 1˙991˙611 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES FR (GRENOBLE) coordinator 1˙991˙611.00


 Project objective

Wave turbulence and fluid turbulence belong to the same class of turbulent states made of a large number of nonlinearly coupled degrees of freedom driven far from equilibrium. The Weak Turbulence Theory is a statistical theory of low amplitude turbulent waves. The predicted phenomenology (energy cascade) is very similar to that of fluid turbulence, which badly lacks such a statistical theory. Weak Turbulence is thus a promising mathematical framework for turbulence in general. It is observed in many systems such as planetary atmospheres, astrophysical plasmas, tokomak fusion plasmas, superfluid turbulence or Bose-Einstein condensates for example. The theory is much less advanced in the strong wave turbulence case for which a richer phenomenology appears due to the generation of coherent structures. Furthermore, to a large extent the theory lacks experimental validation. My project aims at studying several physical systems (vibrating elastic plate, 1D and 2D water surface waves, 3D internal waves in a stratified fluid) specifically chosen to highlight various features of wave turbulence both in the weak and strong regimes. Under strong forcing, coherent structures will appear such as developable cones (elastic plates), solitons and sharp water wave ridges (water surface waves) or even fluid turbulence for overturning 3D internal waves. I will specifically use two unique large-scale facilities available in LEGI (Grenoble, France): the 30 m 1D wave flume for surface water waves and the 13m-diameter Coriolis turntable for water surface waves and internal waves. I will setup advanced space-time resolved profilometry and velocimetry techniques adapted to the dimensionality and size of each one of these systems. Advanced statistical tools on massive datasets will provide a profound insight into the coupling between waves and structures in the various regimes of wave turbulence.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Roumaissa Hassaini, Nicolas Mordant
Transition from weak wave turbulence to soliton gas
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-990X, DOI: 10.1103/physrevfluids.2.094803
Physical Review Fluids 2/9 2020-04-23
2016 Campagne, Antoine; Alfredsson, Henrik; Chassagne, Rémi; Micard, Diane; Mordant, Nicolas; Segalini, Antonio; Sommeria, Joel; Viboud, Samuel; Mohanan, Ashwin Vishnu; Lindborg, Erik; Augier, Pierre
First report of the MILESTONE experiment: strongly stratified turbulence and mixing efficiency in the Coriolis platform
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Symposium on Stratified Flows 1 2020-04-23
2017 Quentin Aubourg, Antoine Campagne, Charles Peureux, Fabrice Ardhuin, Joel Sommeria, Samuel Viboud, Nicolas Mordant
Three-wave and four-wave interactions in gravity wave turbulence
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-990X, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.2.114802
Physical Review Fluids 2/11 2020-04-23
2017 Nicolas Mordant, Benjamin Miquel
Intermittency and emergence of coherent structures in wave turbulence of a vibrating plate
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.042204
Physical Review E 96/4 2020-04-23
2018 Antoine Campagne, Roumaissa Hassaini, Ivan Redor, Joël Sommeria, Thomas Valran, Samuel Viboud, Nicolas Mordant
Impact of dissipation on the energy spectrum of experimental turbulence of gravity surface waves
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-990X, DOI: 10.1103/physrevfluids.3.044801
Physical Review Fluids 3/4 2020-04-23
2016 Quentin Aubourg, Nicolas Mordant
Investigation of resonances in gravity-capillary wave turbulence
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-990X, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.023701
Physical Review Fluids 1/2 2020-04-23
2016 Quentin Aubourg
Étude expérimentale de la turbulence d’ondes à la surface d’un fluide. La théorie de la turbulence faible à l’épreuve de la réalité pour les ondes de capillarité et gravité
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Roumaissa Hassaini, Nicolas Mordant
Confinement effects on gravity-capillary wave turbulence
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-990X, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.3.094805
Physical Review Fluids 3/9 2020-04-23
1998 Roumaissa Hassaini
Study of turbulence of elastic and gravity- capillary waves : beyond the weak turbulence theory ?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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