Flow property and self-similarity in steady hydraulic jumps Academic Article uri icon


  • The flow structure in a steady hydraulic jump in both the non-aerated and aerated regions was measured using the image-based particle image velocimetry and bubble image velocimetry techniques, respectively. Three highly aerated steady jumps with Froude numbers varying from 4.51 to 5.35 were tested, and a weak jump with a Froude number of 2.43 was generated for comparison. Mean velocities and turbulence statistics were obtained by ensemble averaging the repeated velocity measurements. Based on the mean velocities, the flow structure in the steady jumps was classified into four regions to distinguish their distinct flow behaviors; they are the potential core region, the boundary layer region, the mixing layer region, and the recirculation region. The flow structure in the weak jump features only three regions without the recirculation region. In addition, spatial variations of mean velocities, turbulence intensity, and Reynolds stresses were also presented. It was observed that the maximum horizontal bubble velocity and maximum horizontal water velocity occur at the same location in the overlapping regions of potential core and mixing layer. The ratio between the maximum horizontal bubble velocity and maximum horizontal water velocity is between 0.6 and 0.8, depending on the Froude number. Examining the mean horizontal bubble velocities in the mixing layer, a similarity profile was revealed with representative mixing layer thickness as the characteristic length scale and the difference between the maximum positive and maximum negative velocities as the characteristic velocity scale. It was also found that the mean horizontal water velocities in the near-wall region are self-similar and behave like a wall jet. Further analyzing autocorrelation functions and energy spectra of the water and bubble velocity fluctuations found that the energy spectra in the water region follow the -5/3 slope, whereas the spectra in the bubble region follow a -2/5 slope. In addition, the integral length scale of bubbles is one order of magnitude shorter than that of water. 2012 Springer-Verlag.

published proceedings

  • Experiments in Fluids

author list (cited authors)

  • Lin, C., Hsieh, S., Lin, I., Chang, K., & Raikar, R. V.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Lin, Chang||Hsieh, Shih-Chun||Lin, I-Ju||Chang, Kuang-An||Raikar, Rajkumar V

publication date

  • September 2012