Three-dimensional numerical simulation of compound meandering open channel flow by the Reynolds stress model

Hef Jing, Y. Guo, Chi Wai Li, J. Zhang

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Turbulent flow in a compound meandering open channel with seminatural cross sections is one of the most complicated turbulent flows as the flow pattern is influenced by the combined action of various forces, such as centrifugal force, pressure, and shear stresses. In this paper, a three-dimensional (3D) Reynolds stress model (RSM) is adopted to simulate the compound meandering channel flows. Governing equations of the flow are solved numerically with finite-volume method. The velocity fields, wall shear stresses, and Reynolds stresses are calculated for a range of input conditions. Good agreement between the simulated results and measurements indicates that RSM can successfully predict the complicated flow phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-943
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Compound meandering channel
  • Numerical simulation
  • Open channel flow
  • Reynolds stress model
  • Turbulent flow
  • Wall shear stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics

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