Home / The library / Methods in Hydraulics / Experimental methods and physical methods / Dam break wave of non-Newtonian thixotropic fluid

Dam break wave of non-Newtonian thixotropic fluid

Thixotropy is the characteristic of a fluid to form a gelled structure over time when it is not subjected to shearing, and to liquefy when agitated. Thixotropic fluids are commonly used in the construction industry e.g., liquid concrete and drilling fluids, and related applications include some forms of mud flows and debris flows. This video describes a basic experimental study of dam break wave with some thixotropic fluid (bentonite suspensions) down a 15 degree channel [1,2,3]. After a brief introduction, the video presents 4 tests. The last 3 tests illustrate the effects of the rest time on the fluid propagation down the slope. The work was conducted at the Laboratory of Materials and Structures in Civil Engineering LMSGC (France.).

Hubert Chanson
Hubert Chanson

IAHR Media Library

This web site was launched by Prof. Michele Mossa of the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy) with the initial support of Fondazione Caripuglia, Bari, Italy for the Research Project LIC-MON of 2003 and of the Project IMCA (Integrated Monitoring of Coastal Areas) financed by MIUR PON D.M. 593/00. Later, the initiative was supported with other Prof. Michele Mossa’s funds, most recently provided by the RITMARE Project.

IAHR Media Library
Advertise with us

for more information please contact us: info@iahrmedialibrary.net

© IAHR Media Library
Alticom - studio