Articles | Volume 22, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 22, 109–116, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-22-109-2015
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 22, 109–116, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-22-109-2015

Research article 03 Feb 2015

Research article | 03 Feb 2015

Estimation of flow velocity for a debris flow via the two-phase fluid model

S. Guo1, P. Xu2, Z. Zheng2, and Y. Gao2 S. Guo et al.
  • 1Department of Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083, China
  • 2Institute of Applied Mathematics, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China

Abstract. The two-phase fluid model is applied in this study to calculate the steady velocity of a debris flow along a channel bed. By using the momentum equations of the solid and liquid phases in the debris flow together with an empirical formula to describe the interaction between two phases, the steady velocities of the solid and liquid phases are obtained theoretically. The comparison of those velocities obtained by the proposed method with the observed velocities of two real-world debris flows shows that the proposed method can estimate the velocity for a debris flow.