Nadim Zgheib

Nadim Zgheib

Nadim Zgheib

Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering,
University of Florida

 

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, 2007, Notre Dame University
Aerospace Engineering, Masters of Science, 2009, University of Tennessee Space Institue

Phone : 262-346-1020
E-mail : nzgheib@ufl.edu
Address : 237 Mechanical & Aerospace Eng. Bldg. B
University of Florida, USA

Theoretical and Numerical Investigations of the Spreading of Gravity Currents in Complex Geometries.

One of the primary motives behind this study is the proper modeling of oil spills in the ocean. At present, operational regional models for the prediction of the propagation of oil spills only consider the motion due to ocean circulation. However, the motion of the spill due to buoyancy plays a major role, since the gravity-induced propagation of oil can spread up to tens of kilometers in just a few weeks. Therefore, it is crucial that we account for gravity-induced motions. Our goal is to increase our understanding of the physical processes in order to design accurate models which may be included in operational prediction tools of ocean circulation/currents.

The work is carried out in collaboration with Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France.