Experimental Hydraulics: Methods, Instrumentation, Data Processing and Management: Volume I: Fundamentals and Methods

Marian Muste, Dennis A. Lyn, David Admiraal, Robert Ettema, Vladimir Nikora, Marcelo H. Garcia

July 13, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 458 Pages
ISBN 9781138038165 - CAT# K32953
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 experiments in hydraulics. This volume covers the following topics:

• Theoretical foundations of common water-flow situations, with emphasis on open-channel and pipe flows and their complexities (sediment transport, flow through vegetation, ice-covered flows, aerated flows)
• Similitude analysis and its relationships with experimental design and data interpretation
• Criteria for designing facilities and selection of the instruments for common and complex laboratory and field experiments
• Steps for executing laboratory and field experiments in hydraulics
• Contemporary and emerging approaches for post-processing and analysis of experimental data
• Uncertainty analysis for data quality assurance and hydroinformatics systems for managing and visualizing data


This is the first volume of a two-volume guide to designing, conducting and interpreting laboratory and field experiments in a broad range of topics associated with hydraulic engineering. Specific guidance is provided on methods and instruments currently used in experimental hydraulics, with emphasis on new and emerging measurement technologies and methods of analysis. Additionally, this book offers a concise outline of essential background theory, underscoring the intrinsic connection between theory and experiments. This book is much needed, as experimental hydraulicians have had to refer to guidance scattered in scientific papers or specialized monographs on essential aspects of laboratory and fieldwork practice.
The book is the result of the first substantial effort in the community of hydraulic engineering to describe in one place all the components of experimental hydraulics. Included is the work of a team of more than 45 professional experimentalists, who explore innovative approaches to the vast array of experiments of differing complexity encountered by today’s hydraulic engineer, from laboratory to field, from simple but well-conceived to complex and well-instrumented. The style of this book is intentionally succinct, making frequent use of convenient summaries, tables and examples to present information. All researchers, practitioners, and students conducting or evaluating experiments in hydraulics will find this book useful.