Boundary Layers in Developing Open Channel Flow

by Edward Silberman, (F.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 7, Pg. 1237-1241

Document Type: Journal Paper


Developing flow in open channels may be analyzed using the Bernoulli and continuity equations, and by taking boundary layer growth into account. However, the most general and useful analysis does not seem to appear in the literature. Absence of a general analysis has led some investigators to apply boundary layer calculations in greater detail than is supported by physical reality, and to make unwarranted assumptions in transferring data from physical model to prototype.

Subject Headings: Boundary layers | Open channel flow | Continuity equations | Physical models | Hydraulic models

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