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Entropy 2013, 15(3), 988-998; doi:10.3390/e15030988

Experimental Assessment of a 2-D Entropy-Based Model for Velocity Distribution in Open Channel Flow

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Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi del Sannio, Piazza Roma, 21, Benevento 82100, Italy
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Claudio, 21, Napoli 80125, Italy
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Received: 24 December 2012 / Revised: 18 February 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Maximum Entropy and Bayes Theorem)
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Abstract

Velocity distribution in an open channel flow can be very useful to model many hydraulic phenomena. Among the others, several 1D models based on the concept of entropy are available in the literature, which allow estimating the velocity distribution by measuring velocities only in a few points. Nevertheless, since 1D models have often a limited practical use, a 2D entropy based model was recently developed. The model provides a reliable estimation of the velocity distribution for open channel flow with a rectangular cross section, if the maximum velocity and the average velocity are known. In this paper results from the proposed model were compared with measured velocities carried out from laboratory experiments. Calculated values were also compared with results inferred from a 2D model available in the literature, resulting in a greater ease of use and a more reliable estimate of the velocity profile. View Full-Text
Keywords: entropy; flow measurement; open-channel flow; Shannon entropy; streamflow; velocity distribution entropy; flow measurement; open-channel flow; Shannon entropy; streamflow; velocity distribution
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Fontana, N.; Marini, G.; Paola, F.D. Experimental Assessment of a 2-D Entropy-Based Model for Velocity Distribution in Open Channel Flow. Entropy 2013, 15, 988-998.

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