Unstable flow structure around partially buried objects on a simulated river bed

Yovanni A. Cataño-Lopera, Blake J. Landy, Marcelo H. García

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The unsteady flow characteristics around two partially buried objects, a short cylinder and a truncated cone, were examined with a three-dimensional, non-hydrostatic hydrodynamic model under similar steady unidirectional currents with flow Reynolds numbers, Re, of 86,061 and 76,209, respectively. Model simulations were conducted with the two objects partially buried in a simulated rippled river bed. A Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equation model coupled with a?-? turbulence closure was used to validate the experimental velocity measurements. A large eddy simulation (LES) turbulence model was subsequently used to characterize the unsteady flow structure around the objects. The LES closure allowed for the characterization of highly unsteady coherent turbulent structures such as the horse-shoe vortex, the arch-shaped vortex, as well as vortex shedding in the wake of the object.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Hydroinformatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017


  • LES RANS numerical modeling
  • Object burial
  • Scour hole
  • Sediment transport
  • Turbulent flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Atmospheric Science


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