Hydraulics of Meandering Rivers with Flood Plains

by Gerrit H. Toebes,
Attila A. Sooky,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 2, Pg. 213-236

Document Type: Journal Paper


A study was made of the flow field in a meander-flood plane geometry. Energy loss, velocity distribution, and free surface topography were studied in a rigid boundary model. Significant differences were found to exist between inbank and overbank flow conditions. The results indicate that considerable increases in energy loss can occur under overbank flow conditions, that deposition and scour patterns reverse when the flow rises above the flood plain level, and that during major floods a meandering river will tend to straighten its course.

Subject Headings: Flow patterns | River flow | Hydraulics | Meandering rivers and streams | Field tests | Energy loss | Velocity distribution | Flood plains

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