Study of Free Surface Flows in Rectangular Channel over Rough Beds


1 National Institute of Agronomy of Tunisia (Laboratory of Water Sciences and Technology), El Manzeh, Tunis, 1002, Tunisia

2 Institute of Fluid Mechanics of Toulouse, INP Toulouse, 31400, France


This paper presents the results of an experimental and numerical study of fully developed flow in a straight rectangular open channel over rough beds. Conical ribs were placed on the flume bottom to simulate different bed roughness conditions. Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry (ADV) measurements were made to obtain the velocity components profiles as well as the Reynolds stress profiles, at various locations. The experimental results are validated by simulations using an algebraic stress model. These investigations could be useful for researches in the field of sediment transport, bank protection, etc.