Special Issue "Water Resources and Environmental Fluid Mechanics: From the Glacier to the Lake/Ocean"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2018
Prof. Koen Blanckaert
Water resources managers and engineers often need to balance conflicting objectives, such as hazard mitigation (floods, droughts), socio-economic use (hydropower, navigation, leisure), and environmental protection (conservation or restoration of ecosystem functions). They are faced with problems occurring all along the river axis, from the glacier upstream in the watershed, to the lake or ocean at its downstream end. Spatial scales in river systems are intrinsically related, i.e, local interventions, often have implications far upstream and/or downstream on the river and the final receiving water body, and large-scale changes to hydrology or morphology affect local processes. Water resources and environmental fluid mechanics become ever more multidisciplinary, and the development of tools for design or objective decision-making requires insight in processes occurring where water, sediment and biota meet. New measurement technologies and state-of-the-art experimental investigations in the field and in the laboratory are key to enhancing insight. The present Special Issue particularly welcomes contributions that: (i) focus on eco-hydro-morphological processes; (ii) focus on the relation between processes occurring at different locations along the river axis and in the downstream lake or ocean or at different spatial scales; and (iii) focus on experimental studies in the field and in the laboratory.
Prof. Koen Blanckaert
Dr. Damien Bouffard
Manuscript Submission Information
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environmental fluid mechanics
turbulent mixing and transport
downstream and upstream effects
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Author: Cécile Münch-Alligné
Abstract: In the actual context of Swiss nuclear phase-out strategy, harvesting the extensive potential of small hydropower (<10MW), in particular on existing infrastructure, is a priority. In this framework, a new kinetic turbine has been jointly developed between the HES-SO Valais//Wallis and Stahleinbau Gmbh in Switzerland, to harvest the kinetic energy of free surface flows in existing facilities such as run-of-river tailrace channels, headrace tunnels or water treatment stations. The hydraulic design of the ducted turbine has been obtained by flow numerical simulations. The objective of the present research project is to build a first prototype of 1 kW as well as an open-air platform and to test it in a tailrace channel. The chosen pilot site is the Lavey run-of-river hydropower plant’s tailrace channel, installed in the Western side of Switzerland on the Rhône River. The experimental results show a very good power coefficient higher than 0.8 and confirmed the numerical development.