Giuseppe Venturoli, Pioneer in Channel Studies

by Rene Chevray, Visiting Prof.; Institut fur Hydromechanik, Univ. of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, West Germany; on leave from Dept. of Mechanics, State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 10, Pg. 1533-1540

Document Type: Journal Paper


The technical biography of Giuseppe Venturoli is presented with emphasis on the novel ideas he introduced and which contributed to the development of the science of hydraulics. He analyzed and performed experiments on flow through pipes and established the resistance formula in much the same form as known today. Moreover, it was he who first analyzed correctly the inertial aspect of flow establishment and who presented for the first time the elementary backwater differential equation for rectangular channels.

Subject Headings: Flow resistance | Hydraulics | Pipe flow | Pipes | Load and resistance factor design | Professional societies | Inertia | Flow duration

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