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Oldfield F.,University of Liverpool | Chiverrell R.C.,University of Liverpool | Lyons R.,University of Witwatersrand | Williams E.,Massachusetts Institute of Technology | And 6 more authors.
Aeolian Research | Year: 2014

Magnetic measurements and Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy are used in an attempt to differentiate dusts and dust sources in North Africa, over the Atlantic and in Barbados. Special attention is paid to dusts and to lacustrine clay and diatomite samples from the Bodélé Depression, in view of its alleged importance in trans-Atlantic and global dust generation. The results indicate that dusts from the Bodélé Depression can be distinguished from other dusts and potential sources in Niger, Chad, Burkina and Mali on the basis of their magnetic properties, notably their low magnetic concentrations, negligible frequency dependent magnetic susceptibility and distinctive IRM demagnetization characteristics. Dust from over the Atlantic and from Barbados, obtained from meshes in the 1960s and '70s have high frequency dependent susceptibility values, are quite distinctive from the Bodélé Depression samples and are more closely comparable to samples from elsewhere in the Sahara and especially the Sahel. The Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy data, though of limited value here, are not inconsistent with the inferences based on the magnetic measurements. Overall, the results obtained point to a wide range of sources for dusts both over North Africa itself and across the Atlantic. They do not offer support to the view that dusts from the Bodélé Depression have dominated supply across the Atlantic over the last five decades. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Kannan R.,CFD Research Corporation | Wang Z.J.,Room
Computers and Fluids | Year: 2010

The direct discontinuous Galerkin (DDG) method was developed by Liu and Yan to discretize the diffusion flux. It was implemented for the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) formulation. In this paper, we perform four tasks: (i) implement the direct discontinuous Galerkin (DDG) scheme for the spectral volume method (SV) method, (ii) design and implement two variants of DDG (called DDG2 and DDG3) for the SV method, (iii) perform a Fourier type analysis on both methods when solving the 1D diffusion equation and combine the above with a non-linear global optimizer, to obtain modified constants that give significantly smaller errors (in 1D), (iv) use the above coefficients as starting points in 2D. The dissipation properties of the above schemes were then compared with existing flux formulations (local discontinuous Galerkin, Penalty and BR2). The DDG, DDG2 and DDG3 formulations were found to be much more accurate than the above three existing flux formulations. The accuracy of the DDG scheme is heavily dependent on the penalizing coefficient for the odd ordered schemes. Hence a loss of accuracy was observed even for mildly non-uniform grids for odd ordered schemes. On the other hand, the DDG2 and DDG3 schemes were mildly dependent on the penalizing coefficient for both odd and even orders and retain their accuracy even on highly irregular grids. Temporal analysis was also performed and this yielded some interesting results. The DDG and its variants were implemented in 2D (on triangular meshes) for Navier-Stokes equations. Even the non-optimized versions of the DDG displayed lower errors than the existing schemes (in 2D). In general, the DDG and its variants show promising properties and it indicates that these approaches have a great potential for higher dimension flow problems. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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