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Flow Dynamics and Contaminant Transport in Y-Shaped River Channel Confluences

by Xiaodong Liu 1,2,*, Lingqi Li 2, Zulin Hua 1,2,*, Qile Tu 2, Ting Yang 2 and Yuan Zhang 2
Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resource Development on Shallow Lake of Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210098, China
College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(4), 572;
Received: 12 January 2019 / Revised: 7 February 2019 / Accepted: 13 February 2019 / Published: 16 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Resources Systems Quality and Quantity Management)
River channel confluences are widespread in natural rivers. Understanding their unique hydrodynamic characteristics and contaminant transport rules may facilitate the rational and effective treatment of the water environment. In this study, we considered the Xitiaoxi River Basin as the research area, and a well-designed flume was established based on the extracted water system features. Hydrodynamically, in the Y-shaped confluence channel the flow velocity was easy to separate at the confluence, and a low flow velocity region appeared in the two branches. The spiral flow mainly flowed counterclockwise to the downstream region and the spiral trend increased as the discharge ratio decreased. The spiral flow and its effect on the transport and blending of contaminants were distinct between Y-shaped and asymmetrical river confluences. Based on the flow dynamics test, a set of pollutant discharge devices and a multi-point electrolytic conductivity meter were employed to research the mixing rule for pollutants. A high concentration zone for pollutants was likely to occur near the intersection, and the contaminant concentration band after the confluence was first compressed and then diffused. In particular, line source discharge in the left branch and the point source discharge in the inner bank of the left branch and in the outer bank of the right branch were dominant, and were conducive to the detection and treatment of pollutants. View Full-Text
Keywords: contaminant transport; flow dynamics; flume model; Y-shaped river channel confluence contaminant transport; flow dynamics; flume model; Y-shaped river channel confluence
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Liu, X.; Li, L.; Hua, Z.; Tu, Q.; Yang, T.; Zhang, Y. Flow Dynamics and Contaminant Transport in Y-Shaped River Channel Confluences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 572.

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