Flood plain contribution to open channel flow structure


Carling, P.A., Cao, Z. and Ervine, D.A. (2002) Flood plain contribution to open channel flow structure. In, Dyer, F.J., Thoms, M.C. and Olley, J.M. (eds.) The structure, function and management implications of fluvial sedimentary systems. International Symposium Alice Springs, Australia, I.A.H.S. Press, 227-237.

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Enhanced understanding of the role of flood plains in dictating open-channel flow is essential for environmental and ecological management of fluvial systems. This paper presents the field measurements and primary analysis of flood flow across a compound channel in the River Severn, England. A three-dimensional acoustic Doppler velocimeter in combination with a directional current meter is deployed to measure the velocity. The statistical flow structure is compared with existing analytical formulations derived for single channel flows. The existence of a vertically double-layer structure around the interface between the main channel and the flood plain is demonstrated, indicating (a) a vertical shear-dominated flow zone near the bed; and (b) away from the bed a transverse shear-dominated flow zone with enhanced turbulent mixing. This feature necessitates concurrent consideration of both the transverse and the vertical resolution in mathematical modelling. The measured data can be utilized to assess the performance of mathematical river models.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 1901502961 (hardback)
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Keywords: fluvial system; flood plain, compound channel, turbulence, acoustic Doppler velocimeter (ADV), field measurement, open-channel flow, fluvial hydraulics, fluvial hydrology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Environmental Processes and Change
ePrint ID: 15358
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:05
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/15358

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