Stochastic Stokes' Drift

Physical Review Letters 81 3136 (1998)

Kalvis M Jansons

Department of Mathematics, University College London.
Gower Street WC1E 6BT, England.

Grant D Lythe

GISC, Departamento de Matemáticas
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Avenida de la Universidad 30
28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain


Classical Stokes' drift is the small time-averaged drift velocity of suspended non-diffusing particles in a fluid due to the presence of a wave. We consider the effect of adding diffusion to the motion of the particles, and show in particular that a non-zero time-averaged drift velocity exists in general even when the classical Stokes' drift is zero. Our results are obtained from a general procedure for calculating ensemble-averaged Lagrangian mean velocities for motion that is close to Brownian, and are verified by numerical simulations in the case of sinusoidal forcing.

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