Experimental observations of Flow and Bed processes in a Large-amplitude Meandering Flume

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Meanders of large amplitude often exhibit asymmetric planform shape or subsidiary bends. The present work is aimed at improving on understanding of the morphodynamic phenomena affecting the bed evolution of large amplitude meandering channels. Attention is focused on the development of the steady point bar-pool configuration and of the superimposed large-scale migrating bed forms; of particular interest is the role of the changing channel curvature and bed topography variation on flow pattern. A series of experiments was carried out in a sine-generated large-amplitude meandering flume, for two values of width-to-depth ratio. Maps documenting the bed topography and the flow pattern along the meandering bends are reported. Two point bars per bend were observed, and seem to be part of a series of damped oscillations developing in response to the changing channel curvature. In response to the bed deformation, the maximum flow velocity moves at the outer bank at the entrance of the bend.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)575-587
Numero di pagine13
RivistaJournal of Hydraulic Engineering
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2009

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