River Mechanics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1992-11-01
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd

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Understanding the mechanism and behaviour of rivers flowing in alluvium is a most challenging subject. The conditions presented by a natural river are far from simple: the flow varies with location and time, and the granular structure and cohesive properties of the alluvium are rarely homogeneous. River Mechanics addresses this subject and aims to improve the understanding and formulation of the fluvial processes which occur in rivers. Topics covered include the interpretation of turbulence in the light of recent advances in the field, and current thinking on the regime concept.

Table of Contents

List of Relevant Symbols
Width-to-depth ratio of a river
Dimensional methods
Two-phase motion and its dimensionless variables
Mechanical properties of flow
Sediment transport
Granular skin roughness
Transport continuity equation
Bursting processes
Turbulence scales
Horizontal turbulence
Bed forms and friction factor
Classification of bed forms
Formation of bed forms
Steepness of bed forms
Existence regions of bed forms
Experimental data and bed form equations
Friction factor
References A: Sources of dune and ripple data
References B: Sources of bar data
References C: Sources of friction factor data
Regime channels
Regime concept
Extremal (or rational) methods
Dimensionless formulation of the regime channel R
(Fr [actual symbol not reproducible] min) - the basis of regime development
Regime equations
Computation of B[subscript R], h[subscript R] and S[subscript R]
Regime channel development
Regime cross-section
References A: Table 4.1
References B: Sources of data used for regime plots
Meandering and braiding
Meander geometry
Origin of meanders
Meander kinematics (schematical outline)
Meander dynamics (schematical outline)
Origin of braiding
Development of braiding
References A: Sources of meandering and braiding river data
Subject Index
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