Measurements of large streamwise vortices in an open‐channel flow

John S. Gulliver, Martin J. Halverson

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The moving‐bed flume, where the cross‐sectional mean velocity is zero, has proven to be useful for visualization of coherent structures in the flow, especially streamwise vortices with a size scale equal to the depth. The temporal mean of these streamwise vortices is turbulence driven secondary motion. Hydrogen bubbles illuminated by a plane of laser light are used to visualize and measure these vortices. Flow visualization at the zero mean velocity point provides a unique view of the streamwise vortices without the interference of the mean flow velocity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes


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