Characterization of flow turbulence in large-scale bubble-plume experiments

Carlos M. García, Marcelo H. García

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Flow turbulence generated by a bubble plume in a large tank is characterized. Two different turbulence mechanisms contributing to the mixing and transport process are identified on velocity signals recorded outside of the bubble-plume core: a macro-scale process governed by the wandering motion of the bubble-plume; and an intermediate- and micro-scale process represented by the Kolmogorov power spectrum. A methodology is presented to characterize the different processes and their contributions to the turbulence parameters. The results help to understand the bubble-plume phenomenon and provide a basis to validate numerical models of bubble-plumes used in the design of combined-sewer-overflow reservoirs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-101
Number of pages11
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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