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Canyoneering Fluid Mechanics

Brennen, Christopher Earls (2016) Canyoneering Fluid Mechanics. Journal of Fluids Engineering, 138 (10). Art. No. 101001. ISSN 0098-2202. doi:10.1115/1.4034003.

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Extreme sports such as canyoneering have expanded greatly since the turn of the century yet little scientific attention has been paid to the analyses of the dangers of those activities. The author was much involved in promoting one such sport, namely canyoneering, and presents this paper as an example of the kind of fluids engineering analyses that are needed in order to objectively quantify those dangers and properly advise the participants. In canyoneering, the primary fluid-related sources of danger are the impact of falling water on the human body and the dangers a swimmer faces in a plunge pool. This paper presents rough evaluations of both dangers.

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Additional Information:© 2016 ASME. Contributed by the Fluids Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF FLUIDS ENGINEERING. Manuscript received December 10, 2015; final manuscript received May 26, 2016; published online August 4, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Francine Battaglia. The author is grateful to fellow canyoneers, Mark Duttweiler, Luca Chiarabini, and Ben Pelletier for their valuable reviews of the paper and to the many young friends who accompanied him on numerous adventures.
Subject Keywords:canyoneering, waterfalls, plunge pools, dangers
Issue or Number:10
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Official Citation:Brennen C. Canyoneering Fluid Mechanics. ASME. J. Fluids Eng. 2016;138(10):101102-101102-5. doi:10.1115/1.4034003.
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:05 Aug 2016 23:50
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