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 Environmental Fluid Mechanics   [SJR: 0.437]   [H-I: 24]   [4 followers]  Follow         Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)    ISSN (Print) 1573-1510 - ISSN (Online) 1567-7419    Published by Springer-Verlag  [2302 journals]
• Entropic approach to estimate the mean flow velocity: experimental
investigation in laboratory flumes
• Abstract: Abstract The paper deals with the linear entropic relationship between the maximum velocity, u max , and the mean flow velocity, u m , through a dimensionless parameter Φ(M), in open-channel flow. The analysis is conducted with the aid of experimental data collected in straight laboratory flumes under different bed and side-walls roughness conditions. In particular, rough/vegetated beds and smooth/rough side-walls conditions have been investigated. The results show that, in the investigated conditions (with exception of low-submergence vegetated bed—h/k v  < 2), Φ(M) can be assumed equal to a value that is very close to that found in natural channels. This demonstrates that Φ(M) is able to implicitly reflect the different hydraulic behavior which is determined in rough and submerged vegetated beds. Thus, the entropy-based Manning’s roughness formula has been validated and the sensitivity analysis of Manning’s coefficient with the values of y o (location of the zero-velocity plane) has been also performed. It is found that this formula is quite robust to represent the observed flow resistance also in the presence of vegetation.
PubDate: 2015-03-17

• Preface
• PubDate: 2015-03-12

• On the modelling of steady turbulent fountains
• Abstract: Abstract The paper deals with steady-state turbulent fountains in a homogeneous surrounding. A set of mono-dimensional conservation equations is first derived from the Navier–Stokes equations. In contrast with equations used for plumes or rising fountains, these equations reveal additional terms in order to account for the effect of the (annular) down-flow on the fountain up-flow. Large-eddy simulations are then performed and used to determine, from radial profiles, the values of the constants (associated with these additional terms) to be fitted in the model. With these constants, analytical solutions of the model for steady-state fountain are proposed and compared with previous experiments.
PubDate: 2015-02-27

• Incipient deposition of sediment in rigid boundary open channels
• Abstract: Abstract Experimental data available in the literature are used in this study for the investigation of threshold condition and sediment transport in incipient deposition condition. Using data from three different rigid boundary channel cross-sections, namely, rectangular, circular and U-shape, a unique equation is obtained for calculating flow velocity at the moment of sediment incipient deposition. The sediment transport models for incipient deposition condition are proposed in general and for different cross-section of channels. The derived equations are compared with other models in the literature. It is concluded that threshold condition of sediment motion has a range its higher and lower boundaries are related to the incipient deposition and incipient motion of particles, respectively. Results seem to be efficient to hydraulic engineers for designing drainage systems.
PubDate: 2015-02-25

• Effect of solitary wave on viscous-fluid flow in bottom cavity
• Abstract: Abstract This study mainly focuses on the interaction between a solitary wave and a bottom cavity. Vortex formation in cavities with different aspect ratios and different Reynolds numbers is considered, revealing the effects on flow patterns, primary vortex trajectories, and transport of imagined particles by the fluid in the cavity. Both numerical and experimental approaches are employed to analyze the vortex motions in cavity flow. The numerical model is based on stream function–vorticity formulations, and the transient body-fit grid combined with an overset grid is adopted for grid systems. To increase computing efficiency, the finite difference method for stream function and the finite analytic method for vorticity are combined to calculate the flow field equations. Part of the experiment uses particle tracing to visualize cavity flow. The numerical results are consistent with the experimental observations and measurements. In the computational case, the Reynolds number is defined from the undisturbed water depth and the linear-long-wave celerity. Three values of Re (Re = 80,000, 8000, and 800) are mainly studied to distinguish their behavior. For lower Re (e.g., Re = 800), a smaller fraction of particles are removed from a wide cavity (e.g., width larger or equal to twice the water depth) For this type of cavity, independent of Re, more particles are removed from the upper right of the cavity than from the upper left area.
PubDate: 2015-02-25

• Erratum to: Shallow-water solutions for gravity currents in
non-rectangular cross-area channels with stratified ambient
• PubDate: 2015-02-24

• Modeling sediment transport around a rectangular bridge abutment
• Abstract: Abstract In the present paper, the results are explained for an experimental and numerical study on scouring phenomenon around a rectangular, impermeable and non-submerged bridge abutment cross section with perpendicular attitude to the flow axes. In this study, SSIIM 2.0 is used to simulate the scouring problem at the abutment. SSIIM 2.0 is a three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics program that uses a finite volume method to discretize the equations. According to the results, the k–ε turbulence model with some RNG extensions is the best model for predicting turbulence around the rectangular abutment. In addition, different grids are compared in the simulations and the best grid is selected based on the accuracy of numerical results and the computation times. Finally, the findings are explained, and the bed changes and local scour profiles resulting from the numerical simulation are compared with the available experimental results. It is concluded from the achieved results that SSIIM 2.0 numerical modeling is capable of simulating scouring around a rectangular abutment.
PubDate: 2015-02-24

• Axisymmetric gravity currents in two-layer density-stratified media
• Abstract: Abstract Numerous studies have considered the flow of a rectilinear, high Reynolds number, Boussinesq gravity current through a two-layer stratified ambient, however, far less is known concerning the analogue axisymmetric problem. Whereas in both instances there is the possibility of a dynamic coupling between the gravity current front and the waves that are excited by its forward advance, axisymmetric gravity currents entail the added complexity of a radially-diverging flow. Because a steady-state formulation cannot then be developed, we instead present a one-layer shallow water model that describes the flow evolution for various initial conditions and ambient stratifications. We also report upon $$>\!\!30$$ full- and partial-depth lock release laboratory experiments that span a densitometric range $$0 \le S < 0.8868$$ where $$S=(\rho _1-\rho _2)/(\rho _c-\rho _2)$$ in which $$\rho _c$$ , $$\rho _1$$ and $$\rho _2$$ denote, respectively, the densities of the gravity current and lower and upper ambient layers. Of principal interest is the initial front speed of the gravity current for which good agreement is observed between laboratory measurement and shallow water numerical simulation, despite the limiting assumptions of the latter. The horizontal distance over which the initial front speed is maintained may span several lock-lengths, however, this depends on whether or not the gravity current is substantially impacted by the interfacial wave(s). For example, when the lower ambient layer is moderate and $$S$$ is large, the transfer of momentum from the gravity current front to the wave may lead to a deceleration so severe that gravity current fluid is swept in the $$-r$$ direction. The connection between our analysis and problems of pollution dispersion is briefly outlined.
PubDate: 2015-02-15

• Acknowledgement of reviewers
• PubDate: 2015-02-10

• Flow patterns around two neighboring patches of emergent vegetation and
possible implications for deposition and vegetation growth
• Abstract: Abstract The flow around two neighboring, circular, vegetation patches of equal diameter $$(D)$$ was investigated using computational fluid dynamics. Depending on the patches’ transverse and longitudinal center-to-center spacing $$(T$$ and $$L$$ , respectively), several distinct flow patterns were observed. The patterns are compared to flow near an isolated patch. The key flow patterns were interpreted in terms of implications for deposition. Deposition maps were calculated for two different threshold velocities: $$0.5U_{0}$$ and $$0.7U_{0}$$ , where $$U_{0}$$ is the free stream velocity. When the two patches were far away from each other, the interaction of their wakes was weak, and the flow and deposition pattern around each patch resembled that of a single, isolated patch. When the patches were very close, wake interaction took place, resulting in additional deposition along the centerline between the two patches, but further downstream than the deposition in line with each patch. For some intermediate patch spacings, the wake of the upstream patch was dramatically shortened, relative to an isolated patch, and the wake of the downstream patch was lengthened. The results show that flow distribution is influenced by interaction between neighboring vegetation patches and suggest that this may create feedbacks that influence the evolution of vegetated landscapes.
PubDate: 2015-02-07

• Investigation of the near-range dispersion of particles unexpectedly
released from a nuclear power plant using CFD
• Abstract: Abstract An event in November 2007 in Ascó-1 nuclear power plant (NPP) in Spain, originated the release of a significant amount of active metallic particles through the discharge stack. Particles were dispersed and deposited in roofs and neighbouring areas within the NPP controlled area. However, the event was not detected until March 2008. More than 1,300 active points with radioactive particles were found, 94 % located inside the double fenced controlled area and 6 % within the exclusion area; 5 particles were found out of the exclusion area. To provide additional insights on the potential consequences of the release, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code, ANSYS-CFX-11, has been used to investigate the near-range atmospheric dispersion and deposition of the particles. The purpose of the analysis was to assess the distance travelled by particles of different sizes. A very detailed model of the site was built, taking into account the buildings and the terrain features including the river valley and the surrounding hills. The modelled domain was $$3.2 \times 5.2\, \mathrm{km}$$ , with the atmospheric layer up to 4 km height. The atmospheric conditions recorded during the different periods of time between November 2007 and January 2008 were classified into 37 representative categories. In general, the distribution of the particles found was adequately reproduced by the numerical model. Particles larger than $$100\,{\upmu }$$ m could not travel beyond the double fence. Particles between $$\mathrm{50\;and\;100}\,{\upmu }$$ m could have been deposited mainly within the exclusion area, with a small probability of travelling farther. Smaller particles could have travelled beyond, but also should have been deposited in the nearby area, while the majority of particles found are larger, thus indicating that the size of the released particles should be above $$50\,{\upmu }$$ m. The detailed CFD simulation allowed answering relevant questions concerning the possibility of having an impacted region larger than the exclusion area.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• A numerical and analytical study of the effect of aspect ratio on the
behavior of a round thermal
• Abstract: Abstract A round thermal is formed when an element of buoyant fluid is released instantaneously into a quiescent ambient. Although the thermal spreading rate is of primary importance to mathematical modeling, the reported values in the literature vary greatly. To identify possible factors affecting the thermal spreading rate, we investigated the effect of different initial conditions numerically by solving the unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes equations with a two-equation turbulence closure. The initial aspect ratio (i.e. length-to-diameter ratio) of the thermal was varied between 0.125–4.0, and the initial density differences was changed from 1 to 10 %. Results show that the spreading rate is greatly affected by the initial aspect ratio, which also explains the variations in earlier reported values. Following the numerical study, an analytical model using buoyant vortex ring theory is developed to predict the spreading rate of a thermal. The predictions show good agreement with the results from both the numerical simulations and previous experimental studies. Another simple analytical model is also presented to approximate the thermal induced flow, and is validated using the numerical simulations.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• Effect of flow confinement on the hydrodynamics of circular impinging
jets: implications for erosion assessment
• Abstract: Abstract The fluid dynamics of a water jet impinging on a flat surface in confined conditions were studied using particle image velocimetery. The experiments were meant to replicate conditions expected in a jet erosion test (JET) designed to assess cohesive sediment erosion parameters in field applications. High-resolution two-dimensional velocity vectors were measured in a plane passing the jet centerline including free jet, impingement, and wall jet regions within a fixed-wall box. The general flow behavior in the free jet and wall jet regions is in good agreement with the behavior of impinging jets in an unconfined environment. Results show that the entrainment coefficient, however, is lower than values in unconfined conditions, lowering lateral spreading rates. The rate of momentum transfer also increases along the axial direction since the confinement causes secondary flow and recirculation in the box. Wall shear stress is calculated based on extrapolation of Reynolds shear stress and turbulent kinetic energy, where the latter procedure provides more consistent results with expected scour hole shape under an impinging jet. This wall shear stress distribution shows higher values near jet impingement in comparison to previously reported distributions, especially as formulated for the JET under unconfined conditions. The maximum value of wall shear stress is found to be about 2.4 times greater than the commonly accepted value in the literature, and also occurs at a position closer to the impingement point. The shear stress at the impingement point is also close to its maximum value, which is consistent with the expected scour hole shape beneath an impinging jet. These findings have important implications for the use of jet impingement theory to assess sediment erosion, especially in the application of the JET.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• Surface thermal structure in a shallow-water, vertical discharge from a
coastal power plant
• Abstract: Abstract The surface temperature field induced by a turbulent buoyant jet, discharging upwards into shallow water and impinging on the water surface, is examined for the case of a power-plant cooling-water outfall off the southern California coast. The data, acquired using an airborne infrared camera, capture the evolution of turbulent-scale structure, as well as the advection of larger-scale patterns that can be used to infer the surface velocity. Some limited in-water measurements were also made. When the ambient, or receiving, water is relatively stagnant, the buoyant fluid moves nearly symmetrically outward from the impingement zone, and both the thermal and velocity fields decay over a radial distance of several tens of meters. Flow in this symmetric case appears to remain supercritical into the far-field, which differs from a recent numerical modeling study that predicts a near-field hydraulic jump. Within the plume, the data show an expanding set of thermal bands, similar to ring-like structures found in laboratory studies of a buoyant vertical jet having a stable near-field. In the presence of an alongshore current, both the plume and thermal bands become stretched out in the downstream direction; but this effect can be accounted for, and the thermal structure made symmetrical, by using an approximate two-dimensional model of the flow field. Characteristics of the observed thermal bands are compared against three ring-creation mechanisms proposed in the literature (jet vortex instability, horizontal shear instability, and internal bore formation), but the present dataset is insufficient to discriminate amongst them.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• Shallow flow past a cavity: attenuation of oscillations via a bed
perturbation
• Abstract: Abstract Fully turbulent shallow flow past a cavity can give rise to highly coherent oscillations, which arise from coupling between the inherent instability of the separated shear layer along the cavity opening and a gravity standing wave within the cavity. The objective of the present investigation is to attenuate these oscillations by a single geometric perturbation (cylinder) on the bed (bottom surface), which is located near the leading corner of the cavity. The patterns of the flow structure are characterized as a function of height of the cylinder above the bed by using particle image velocimetry. Reduced amplitude of the coupled oscillation can be attained for values of cylinder diameter and height nearly an order of magnitude smaller than the water depth. The reduction of oscillation amplitude is associated with an increased width of the separated shear layer along the opening of the cavity, even at elevations above the bed much larger than the height of the cylinder. Near the bed, a vorticity defect in the separated shear layer and deflection of the layer away from the cavity opening are evident. The attenuation of the oscillation amplitude is associated with: a major decrease in the peak values of the normal and shear Reynolds stresses in the separated shear layer; degradation of coherent, phase-averaged patterns of vortex formation; and decreased scale of the coherent vortical structures that propagate downstream along the cavity opening. These changes in the stresses and the flow structure are, in turn, directly correlated with lower values of exchange velocity along the opening of the cavity, which is due to the decreased entrainment demand of the separated shear layer. This decrease in magnitude of the exchange velocity in the presence of the cylinder results in a 50 % reduction of the value of mass exchange coefficient between the cavity and the mainstream.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• An alternative wind profile formulation for urban areas in neutral
conditions
• Abstract: Abstract On the basis of meteorological observations conducted within the city of Rome, Italy, a new formulation of the wind-speed profile valid in urban areas and neutral conditions is developed. It is found that the role played by the roughness length in the canonical log-law profile can be taken by a local length scale, depending on both the surface cover and the distance above the ground surface, which follows a pattern of exponential decrease with height. The results show that the proposed model leads to increased performance compared with that obtained by using other approaches found in the literature.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• Wind effect on diurnal thermally driven flow in vegetated nearshore of a
lake
• Abstract: Abstract In this study, a highly idealized model is developed to discuss the interplay of diurnal heating/cooling induced buoyancy and wind stress on thermally driven flow over a vegetated slope. Since the model is linear, the horizontal velocity can be broken into buoyancy-driven and surface wind-driven parts. Due to the presence of rooted vegetation, the circulation strength even under the surface wind condition is still significantly reduced, and the transient (adjustment) stage for the initial conditions is shorter than that without vegetation because of the reduced inertia. The flow in shallows is dominated by a viscosity/buoyancy balance as the case without wind, while the effect of wind stress is limited to the upper layer in deep water. In the lower layer of deep regions, vegetative drag is prevailing except the near bottom regions where viscosity dominates. Under the unidirectional wind condition, a critical dimensionless shear stress $$\Gamma _{cri}$$ to stop the induced flow can be found and is a function of the horizontal location $$x$$ . For the periodic wind condition, if the two forcing mechanisms work in concert ( $$\theta =0$$ ), the circulation magnitude can be increased. For the case where buoyancy and wind shear stress act against each other ( $$\theta =\frac{1}{2}$$ ), the circulation strength is reduced and its structure becomes more complex. However, the flow magnitudes near the bottom for $$\theta =0$$ and $$\theta =\frac{1}{2}$$ are comparable because surface wind almost has no influence.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• Numerical modeling of turbulent dispersion for wind-driven rain on
• Abstract: Abstract Wind-driven rain (WDR) is one of the most important moisture sources with potential negative effects on the hygrothermal performance and durability of building facades. The impact of WDR on building facades can be understood in a better way by predicting the surface wetting distribution accurately. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations can be used to obtain accurate spatial and temporal information on WDR. In many previous numerical WDR studies, the turbulent dispersion of the raindrops has been neglected. However, it is not clear to what extent this assumption is justified, and to what extent the deviations between the experimental and the numerical results in previous studies can be attributed to the absence of turbulent dispersion in the model. In this paper, an implementation of turbulent dispersion into an Eulerian multiphase model for WDR assessment is proposed. First, CFD WDR simulations are performed for a simplified isolated high-rise building, with and without turbulent dispersion. It is shown that the turbulence intensity field in the vicinity of the building, and correspondingly the turbulence kinetic energy field, has a strong influence on the estimated catch ratio values when turbulent dispersion is taken into account. Next, CFD WDR simulations are made for a monumental tower building, for which experimental data are available. It is shown that taking turbulent dispersion into account reduces the average deviation between simulations and measurements from 24 to 15 %.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• Clay settling in fresh and salt water
• Abstract: Abstract To gain insight into the process of sedimentation occurring when clay-laden estuaries and deltas enter marine water, we perform laboratory experiments to measure the settling rate of initially unflocculated kaolin clay in fresh and salt water. In fresh water, sedimentation is a slow process with the clay particle concentration gradually decreasing nearly uniformly over hours, consistent with the time-scale expected for particles falling at the Stokes settling speed. The dynamics are dramatically different for clay setting in salt water with salinities between $$S=10$$ and 70 psu. Within minutes the clay particles flocculate and a sharp concentration-front between clear water (above) and water with clay in suspension (below) forms near the surface. After formation the concentration-front descends at a near constant speed until the effects of hindered settling become important. When the concentration-front forms in saline fluid, the $$10$$  cm deep tank is cleared of particles in tens of minutes instead of tens of hours as is the case for settling in fresh water ( $$S=0$$ ). The initial speed of descent of the front, $$w$$ , depends weakly upon salinity, $$S$$ , with virtually no dependence upon $$S$$ provided $$S\gtrsim 20$$  psu. However, the descent speed, $$w$$ , depends strongly upon clay concentration, $$C$$ , with $$w$$ decreasing as $$C$$ increases according to a power law: $$w \propto C^{-1.7}$$ . The results are consistent with observations of relatively quiescent sediment-laden estuaries and deltas where they empty into the ocean.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

• Sheltering effect and snow deposition in arrays of vertical pillars
• Abstract: Abstract This paper aims to study of the efficiency of windbreaks composed by three dimensional arrays of pillars and used for snow deposition. Windbreaks and snow fences are commonly designed as two dimensional porous fences. This gives good efficiency, but might in some cases be regarded as architecturally boring. It also represents an obstruction to human traffic, and is sometimes difficult to integrate in the landscape architecture. The air flow around three different geometrical configurations of pillars is analyzed. The three arrangements include four and six rows of pillars and a sculptural representation of a Saami (indigenous people of northern Scandinavia) labyrinth. The numerical simulations of wind and snow deposition show that the flow pattern in the arrays is not very sensitive to wind speed. The four row array seems to produce snow drifts which are longer, and have the maximum height located further downwind than a common 50 % porous snow fence. The results of the windbreak, inspired by the Saami labyrinth, show that there is a large variation of the friction velocity within the labyrinth. Based on the results, such arrangement can be regarded as an alternative for landscape architects aiming to shelter a specific area. However, optimisation studies on internal structure of the size, orientation and shape of the pillars should be performed based on local wind climate. The methods outlined here seems suitable for such studies.
PubDate: 2015-02-01

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