Velocity-field measurements in a dam-break flow using a PTV Voronoï imaging technique

Velocity-field measurements in a dam-break flow using a PTV Voronoï imaging technique A dam-break flow is an example of an extremely transient free-surface flow with various time and space scales. The importance of studying this type of flow is directly connected with the risk assessment of a dam and with the effects of such a catastrophe on human activities in the valley downstream. In this paper, an experimental study of the dam-break flow is presented. While a great part existing studies about dam-break flows are focused on variables such as the water-front velocity and the water level, the present paper is focused on the measurement of velocity profiles over the whole flow depth within the dam-break wave. For such study and due to the characteristics of the flow itself, image acquisition techniques were used. The velocity field was obtained by means of a Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV) algorithm based on Voronoï patterns’ matching. A comparison with the application of a PIV algorithm to the raw data is provided. Finally, results for the velocity profiles and water elevation are presented and discussed for two different flow conditions. Experiments in Fluids Springer Journals

Velocity-field measurements in a dam-break flow using a PTV Voronoï imaging technique

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Engineering; Engineering Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer; Fluid- and Aerodynamics; Engineering Fluid Dynamics
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