Movable Bed Physical Models

  • Hsieh Wen Shen

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 312)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. M. S. Yalin, M. S. Kibbee
    Pages 13-22
  3. G. J. Klaassen
    Pages 59-71
  4. Bommanna G. Krishnappan
    Pages 73-79
  5. João Soromenho Rocha
    Pages 81-90

About this book


For centuries, physical models have been used to investigate complex hydraulic problems. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) stated, "I will treat of such a subject. But first of all, 1 shall make a few experiments and then demonstrate why bodies are forced to act in this matter. " Even with the current advancements of mathematical numerical models, certain complex three-dimensional flow phenomena must still rely on physical model studies. Mathematical models cannot provide adequate solutions if physical processes involved are not completely known. Physical models are particularly attractive to investigate phenomena-involved sediment movements because many three-dimensional sediment processes are still unclear at this stage. Theoretically, there are numerous factors governing movable bed processes and it is nearly impossible to design model studies to obey all the model criteria. Sometimes, appropriate lightweight materials are difficult or too costly to obtain. Often, distorted models are used due to the limitation of available space and the requirement for greater vertical flow depth to investigate vertical differences of various parameters. The turbulence level in the model may also be maintained at a sufficient level to reproduce a similar flow pattern in the prototype. Frequently, engineers are forced to employ distorted models that cannot be designed to satisfy all governing criteria correctly. Thus each hydraulic laboratory has developed its own rules for model testing and a great deal of experience is needed to interpret model results.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hsieh Wen Shen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7434-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2081-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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