E3S Web Conf.
Volume 40, 2018River Flow 2018 - Ninth International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Hydraulic structures and their effects on bed, flow regime and ecology|
|Published online||05 September 2018|
Viscosity effects on local scour around vertical structures in clear-water conditions
Department of Environment, Land, and Infrastructure Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, 10129, Torino, Italy.
2 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Università della Calabria, 87036, Rende, Italy
3 Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, SO171BJ, Southampton, UK
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Local scour represents the erosion process that occurs at the base of hydraulic structures overlying sediment beds. Horseshoe vortices forming at the bed-structure junction are the main responsible for sediment removal and dictate erosion rates as well as the maximum erosion depth resulting from a significant flow event. In steady-flow conditions this is often referred to as the equilibrium scour depth, which, for many hydraulic structures, represents a key parameter for foundation-design and risk-assessment purposes. The equilibrium scour depth has been investigated for decades and many predictive formulae have been developed following the classical empirical approach, whereby numerous experimental datasets are used to isolate and identify the influence of non-dimensional groups emerging from dimensional analysis. Within this context, the influence of obstacle Reynolds numbers, and consequently of viscous forces, has always been neglected because of the large Re values normally encountered in engineering and laboratory conditions. The present paper demonstrates that this assumption is largely incorrect especially for beds made of sand or finer material. The theoretical analysis presented in Manes and Brocchini () is herein extended to include viscosity effects and investigate their importance on equilibrium scour depths forming around obstacles resembling bridge piers.
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