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Wall Shear Stress Measurement on Curve Objects with PIV in Connection to Benthic Fauna in Regulated Rivers

Division of Fluid and Experimental Mechanics, Luleå University of Technology, 971 87 Luleå, Sweden
Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Water 2019, 11(4), 650;
Received: 25 February 2019 / Revised: 20 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 28 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Hydrology)
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The flow characteristics in the vicinity of a set of half-cylinders of different sizes simulating benthic objects were studied experimentally using particle image velocimetry (PIV). The cylinders were mounted on the bottom of an open channel, and the influence of the flow speed on the distribution of the shear stress along the bottom geometry was investigated. Of special interest was how the shear stress changes close to the wall as a function of the flow speed and cylinder arrangement. It was found that the shear stress varies significantly as a function of position. This implies habitat heterogeneity allowing benthic invertebrates with different shear stress tolerance exists when the bottom consists of differently sized stones. It was also shown that direct measurements of near wall velocity gradients are necessary to accurately calculate the wall shear stress for more complex geometries. View Full-Text
Keywords: shear stress; PIV; benthic fauna; river; stones shear stress; PIV; benthic fauna; river; stones

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Bin Asad, S.M.S.; Lundström, T.S.; Andersson, A.G.; Hellström, J.G.I.; Leonardsson, K. Wall Shear Stress Measurement on Curve Objects with PIV in Connection to Benthic Fauna in Regulated Rivers. Water 2019, 11, 650.

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