AbstractThe results are reported of velocity measurements in oscillatory flow over rippled beds. Velocities were measured with a laserdoppler anemometer in both an oscillating tray rig and an oscillatory flow U-tube. Both self-formed and artificial ripples were examined. The results obtained in the two test rigs were compared and it was concluded that the flow fields obtained in the two cases were dynamically similar. Measurements of the flow field clearly showed the formation, growth and ejection of vortices, as well as a strong surge of fluid over the ripples during and after flow reversal.
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