Laboratory and Field Evaluation of Acoustic Velocity Meters

by Tracy Vermeyen, (A.M.ASCE), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Fundamentals and Advancements in Hydraulic Measurements and Experimentation


A project is currently underway to evaluate the performance of 27 acoustic flowmeters used at Hoover, Davis, and Parker Dams on the lower Colorado River. Field surveys and laboratory testing are being used to evaluate and enhance the performance of the chordal-path acoustic velocity meters. A hydraulic model and a laser doppler anemometer are being used to determine velocity distributions for the nonstandard flowmeter installations.

Subject Headings: Laboratory tests | Field tests | Fluid velocity | Hydraulic models | Velocity distribution | Flow measurement | Acoustics | Dams | Colorado River

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