Coherent structures in flow over hydraulic engineering surfaces

Ronald Adrian, Ivan Marusic

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Wall-bounded turbulence manifests itself in a broad range of applications, not least in hydraulic systems. Here, we briefly review the significant advances over the past few decades in the fundamental study of wall turbulence over smooth and rough surfaces, with an emphasis on coherent structures and their role at high Reynolds numbers. We attempt to relate these findings to parallel efforts in the hydraulic engineering community and discuss the implications of coherent structures in important hydraulic phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-464
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hydraulic Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012


  • Coherent structures
  • Reynolds number effects
  • roughness
  • wall turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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