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Title: Localized turbulent flows on scouring granular beds
Author(s): Gioia, Gustavo; Bombardelli, Fabian A.
Abstract: In many applications a sustained, localized turbulent flow scours a cohesionless granular bed to form a pothole. Here we use similarity methods to derive a theoretical formula for the equilibrium depth of the pothole. Whereas the empirical formulas customarily used in applications contain mumerous free exponents, the theoretical formula contains a single one, which we show can be determined via the phenomenological theory of turbulence. Our derivation affords insight into how a state of dynamic equilibrium is attained between a granular bed and a localized turbulent flow.
Issue Date: 2005-05
Publisher: Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UIUC)
Series/Report: TAM Reports 1065, (2005)
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0073-5264
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-03-09
Is Version Of: Published as: Gustavo Gioia and Fabian A.Bombardelli. Localized turbulent flows on scouring granular beds, Physical Review Letters, Vol. 95, No.1, 2005, pp. 014501-4. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.014501. Copyright 2005 American Physical Society.

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