Measurement of Turbulent Flow Characteristics and Bed Shear Stress in Laboratory Soil Erosion Tests

The objective of this research project is to measure the characteristics of turbulent flow over an eroding soil sample in an erosion function apparatus (EFA) type facility. A gravel bed will be installed in an open-channel flume to produce fully developed turbulent flow over a rough bed. The developed flow will pass over an extruded thin walled tube soil sample housed in a floor recess. Three components of water particle velocities in a three-dimensional (3D) flow volume over the eroding sample will be measured by using a volumetric three-component velocimetry (V3V) system. The measured data will be used to determine the spatial distributions of mean velocity, turbulent kinetic energy and Reynolds stress to quantify the effects of surface roughness and height of soil protrusion on the local flow characteristics, induced bed shear stress and soil erosion rates. The outcome of this study will be an improved laboratory setup for measuring soil erodibility. A demonstration project will be performed by testing thin walled tube samples collected from a new bridge over waterway in South Dakota. The measured erosion-rate-versus-shear stress curves will be used with the Scour Rate In COhesive Soils (SRICOS) method to predict scour history over the project life of the bridge. A future extension of this project will use the improved EFA facility to develop a soil erodibility chart for South Dakota soils. This information will be useful for assessing the susceptibility of soil erosion and scour in many highway projects.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $151894
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    South Dakota State University

    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Brookings, SD  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ting, Francis

  • Start Date: 20190411
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-596

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01701892
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 17 2019 2:41PM