The Mechanics of Reaeration in Natural Streams

by Donald J. O'Connor,
William E. Dobbins,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1956, Vol. 82, Issue 6, Pg. 1-30

Document Type: Journal Paper


The basic theory of turbulent flow has been applied successfully to explain many phenomena occurring in natural and artificial waterways. In this study, turbulent flow theory, both isotropic and non-isotropic, has been utilized to formulate the theory of reaeration in natural streams, which have been subjected to deaeration by the biological oxidation of organic matter.

Subject Headings: Turbulent flow | Aeration | Ecological restoration | Rivers and streams | Isotropy | Water flow | Waterways | Biological processes

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