Time-dependent variation of bed microtopography around an isolated, surface-mounted cylindrical roughness element and its impact on wind flow (2023)


When the wind speed or fluid shear in the bed exceeds the critical value for particle entrainment, the sediment particles on the erodible bed surface will be blown into the airflow, and the wind will cause soil erosion, leading to some environmental problems in arid and semi-arid areas. Drylands such as sandstorm disasters, atmospheric dust particle pollution and land degradation (Sterk et al., 1996, Leenders et al., 2007, Dong et al., 2010) have additional impacts on agricultural production and human health. Therefore, controlling soil wind erosion becomes an important research topic. For example, a common method is to design and optimize windbreak walls with different structures (e.g. fences or porous screens, protective belts and forest belts). by the shielding effect ( Woodruff and Zingg, 1953, Heisler and Dewalle, 1988, Cornelis and Gabriels, 2005, Torita and Satou, 2007, Li and Sherman, 2015, Cheng et al., 2020). In addition to reducing wind speed, vegetation also suppresses soil loss by covering part of the soil surface and trapping sediment particles entrained in the airflow (Wolfe and Nickling, 1993). In arid and semi-arid areas, although plant interactions can be largely neglected, sparse vegetation also leads to an apparent reduction in soil wind erosion (Buckley, 1987). Erosion and sand deposits often occur around these windbreaks or the only obstacle (Iversen et al., 1990, Iversen et al., 1991, Cornelis and Gabriels, 2005, McKenna Neuman et al., 2013). In order to assess the sand control effect of these obstacles, it is important to study erosion and sand deposition around a single obstacle. By providing a quantitative prediction method for sand erosion/deposition due to complex wind flows around obstacles, more effective countermeasures can be developed (Tominaga et al., 2018).

The topography of the bed surface around obstacles changes due to the loss and deposition of particles through sediment transport (e.g. Iversen et al., 1990, Iversen et al., 1991, McKenna Neuman et al., 2013, Tominaga et al. , 2018) and the resulting complex erosion and deposition pattern around a single obstacle is related to the shape of the obstacle and the air density (Iversen et al., 1990, Iversen et al., 1991). Erosion typically occurs on the lateral and upwind side of a surface-mounted cylindrical roughness element (Iversen et al., 1990, Iversen et al., 1991, McKenna Neuman et al., 2013), but for a very short period of time (aspect ratio smaller). as 0.1, defined as the ratio of the height h to the diameter d of the cylinder), deposition occurs on the windward side and there is also greater erosion in the far wake (Iversen et al., 1990, Iversen et al., 1991) . Tominaga et al. (2018) measured the change in the erodible bed surface area around a cube (0.2 m on a side) over time and found that the erosion zone is near the leeward corners of the cube, which is similar to the rectangular prism experimental results. (height = 8 cm, width = 16 cm, downwind dimension = 8 cm) (Iversen et al., 1990, Iversen et al., 1991), but the area of ​​erosion on the sides of the rectangular prism was much larger. The topography around the cylinder is obviously different from that of the cube and the block. There is an area of ​​severe erosion on the leeward side of the cylinder, but no obvious upwind erosion for the cube and block. The experiment by McKenna Neuman et al. (2013) also showed that different types of erosion occur on a flat surface around the cylinder, hemisphere, edge cube, and face cube.

As the airflow passes through the surface mounted asperities, various coherent vortex structures are created, such as: a horseshoe vortex, a drag vortex, a Kármán road vortex, and a bow vortex (Kawamura et al., 1984, Sau et al., 2003, Sumner et al., 2004, Pattenden et al., 2005, Uffinger et al., 2013 , Sumner, 2013), thereby changing the wind speed around the roughness element and the shear stress of the fluid acting on the bed surface, affecting sand transport in the bed. Therefore, the role of flow structure or vortex structure in adjusting microtopography has received much attention (Sutton and McKenna Neuman, 2008).

In the erodible bed, when the ejected particles enter the airflow, the flow becomes more complicated by one roughness element, as the moving particles and the evolution of the microtopography affect the local surface shear stress as well as the flow pattern beyond the obstacle (Iversen et al., 1991). On the other hand, the roughness element affects the trajectories of moving particles colliding with the windward side of the roughness element, and protects the bed surface from the wind of the roughness element from impact and particle ejection. Therefore, the surface shear stress distribution around the roughness element is less uniform. Although the upwind surface shear stress is below the threshold, erosion can occur around rough elements since the maximum shear stress values ​​around the cylinder can be above the threshold (Iversen et al., 1990).

To better understand the erosion properties around a surface-mounted roughness feature, it is necessary to study the process of topography evolution and its relationship to airflow. There are many experimental studies of the air flow field around a single roughness element on a solid flat surface. However, studies on the airflow field in the case of topography evolution are lacking, mainly due to the difficulty of measuring the airflow field in the case of topography evolution. The numerical simulation method CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) has been employed as a powerful tool for solving fluid problems and is used to simulate the airflow field around an obstacle or the airflow field under moving boundary conditions (e.g. relief deformation or boundary deformation). For example, Tominaga et al. (2018) introduced the topography evolution equation caused by the sand transport rate to simulate the microtopography evolution around a single cube and the corresponding airflow field, but did not consider the influence of particles on the sand transport rate. air flow and there is still a big difference in quantity. Farimani et al. (2011) simulated the transient flow in a deformed sand pile using a moving boundary method. Although the topography change around a cylinder and a block over time has been reported in some studies, it is difficult to obtain complete information about the surface height distribution, so it is still necessary to measure the microtopography around a single block. Roughness element at different times to provide effective distribution. Data to verify the numerical model.

Because the shape and structure of the plant is very complex, this article simplifies the plant in a cylinder to study the process of topography evolution around an isolated cylinder and its effects on airflow. Existing results of the microtopographical features of a fixed roughness element have improved our understanding, but the cylinder aspect ratio is typically less than 3.0, and studies of the microtopography around a cylinder with a larger aspect ratio are lacking. Therefore, two types of cylinders are used in this work, the diameters of which are 2 cm and 1 cm, respectively, and the aspect ratios are 2 and 8, respectively. The variation in bed microtopography around the isolated cylinder over time is measured in a wind tunnel. Based on the measured results of bed topography evolution, the airflow field is then simulated using the moving boundary method. Finally, the micro-topographical features around an isolated cylinder, the corresponding air flow velocity and the surface shear stress are analyzed.

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experimental setup

The scheme and the picture of the experimental setup are shown in Fig. 1. Two types of cylinders are used: one is 4.0 cm high and 2.0 cm in diameter, designated C1, and the other is 8.0 cm high and 1.0 cm in diameter, designated C2 . They have the same frontal area and the aspect ratios (=h/d, i.e. the ratio of the height h to the diameter d of the cylinder) are 2.0 and 8.0, respectively. The experiments were conducted in the wind tunnel of the State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource

Experimental results of the development of the topography of the bed around the cylinder

The evolution of the microtopography of the bed around the cylinder can be expressed by the spatial and temporal variation of the height of the bed surface. Fig. 6 and Fig. 7 show the spatial distribution of the bed surface height at different times for the two cylinders, where the airflow is along the positive x-axis direction and the cylinder is at coordinate (0, 0), represented by a black one Point. Youf0is the free current wind speed. HBis the height of the surface of the sand bed, which was previously zero


The end faces of the two cylinder types (one is h=4.0 cm and d=2.0 cm, the other is h=8.0 cm and d=1.0 cm) are the same and their aspect ratios are 2 and 8, respectively. From the previous analysis, it appears that they have a different impact on the microtopography of the soil. Compared to the taller and thinner C2 cylinder (aspect ratio 8), there is a larger erosion area around the shorter and wider C1 cylinder (aspect ratio 2) and also a V-shaped deposit ridge. Larger according to Lee (Fig. 6, Fig. 8


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    The basic features of the bed microtopography around the present cylinders (aspect ratios 2 and 8) are that a deep pit or scour surrounds the cylinder and a straight ridge connects a symmetrical V-shaped ridge. It appears downwind, the size of which is affected by the aspect ratio. Both erosion (hB<−2mm) and deposit (hB>2mm) the areas of the shorter and wider cylinder (aspect ratio of 2) are larger than those of the taller and thinner cylinder (aspect ratio of).

Contribution statement by CRediT

Liqiang Kang:Methodology, Research, Writing - Original Draft, Writing - Proofreading and Editing, Visualization, Formal Analysis.Wen Zhang:Investigation.Xueyong-zou:Formal Analysis.

Declaration of competitive interest

The authors declare that they have no competing financial interests or known personal relationships that may have influenced the work described in this article.


This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41871003).

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