Experimental Hydraulics: Methods, Instrumentation, Data Processing and Management, Two Volume Set

1st Edition

Marian Muste, Jochen Aberle, David Admiraal, Robert Ettema, Marcelo H. Garcia, Dennis Lyn, Vladimir Nikora, Colin Rennie

CRC Press
Published September 14, 2017
Reference - 906 Pages
ISBN 9781138027534 - CAT# K25651
Series: IAHR Monographs


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This book is published in two volumes to make it easily accessible without eliminating important information related to hydraulics experiments. The two volumes cover the following topics:

Volume I: Fundamentals and methods

  • Theoretical foundations of canonical flows with emphasis on open-channel flows and their complexities (sediment transport, flow through vegetation, ice-covered flows, aerated flows)
  • Similitude analysis and its relationships with the experiment design and data interpretation
  • Criteria for the design of the facilities and selection of the instruments for common and complex laboratory and field experiments
  • Execution phases for laboratory and field experiments
  • Conventional and new approaches for post-processing and analysis of the experimental data
  • Uncertainty analysis and hydroinformatics systems for storage and visualization of the data

Volume II: Instrumentation and measurement techniques

  • Contemporary flow-visualization principles and techniques
  • Measurement instruments and techniques (principles, configurations, capabilities & limitations, operational considerations, sample results) grouped by the type of measured variables: velocimetry (with emphasis on acoustic, laser- and image-based methods), topography, bathymetry, and sediment characterization, sediment transport (from suspended- to bed-load to erosion and deposition fluxes), miscellaneous hydraulics variables (water physical properties, depth, pressure, shear stress and drag forces)
  • autonomous underwater vehicles


This two-volume book is a comprehensive guide to designing, conducting and interpreting experiments in a broad range of topics associated with hydraulic engineering. It is the first substantial effort in hydraulic engineering to assemble in one place descriptions of all the components of experimentation along with a concise outline of essential theory to highlight the intrinsic connection between analytical and experimental research and illustrate the need for their complementary use. Providing end-to-end guidance to support experimentalists is long overdue, as most of the information can only be found in scientific papers or specialized monographs on laboratory and fieldwork practice. The book was prepared for college faculty, researchers, practitioners, and students involved in hydraulics experiments.

Written by a team of more than 45 authors well-experienced in hydraulics experimentation, the book takes into account experiments performed under a range of conditions, including well-equipped and -staffed laboratories, and laboratories lacking aspects of advanced instrumentation and expertise. The book could serve as a textbook on hydraulics experiments. Its style is intentionally concise and makes frequent use of convenient summaries, tables and figures to present information. The writers provide specific guidance on methods and instruments currently used in hydraulics experiments, and emphasizes new and emerging measurement technologies and analysis methods. Extensive references enable interested readers to further explore details on each topic. Although the book focuses primarily on laboratory experiments, including hydraulic modelling, it also applies to fieldwork of varying complexity and accessibility.

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