Laboratory experiments are key tools for the study of morphodynamic processes in rivers, complementary to numerical models and analytical descriptions. River systems are reproduced in the laboratory under strongly controlled conditions. This allows studying the effects of changing single variables on channel morphology. Because of their reduced scale, laboratory experiments present also reduced time scales and for this they also allow reproducing several scenarios in a relatively short time. Shortcomings are mostly related to the interpretation of the results at the real river scale, but also to the difficulty to properly measure some variables in strongly reduced settings. The present abstract presents these issues on the basis of personal experience gained in the laboratory at Delft Hydraulics and at the Technical University of Technology.
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||10th Symposium on River coastal and estuarine morphodynamics: Back to Italy - Trento - Padova, Italy|
Duration: 15 Sep 2017 → 22 Sep 2017
Conference number: 10
|Conference||10th Symposium on River coastal and estuarine morphodynamics|
|City||Trento - Padova|
|Period||15/09/17 → 22/09/17|