The complex wake created by an emergent cylinder with a large aspect ratio in a shallow open channel flow is studied experimentally using particle image velocimetry. The unique characteristics of the bed-mounted slender cylinder wake are analysed. Velocity fields, turbulence parameters, and wake development in shallow open channel flow are studied at two different Reynolds numbers and subcritical Froude numbers by carrying out measurements in different horizontal and vertical planes. In the mid-depth plane, velocity and turbulence statistics are independent of Reynolds number, while higher turbulence intensities and Reynolds shear stresses were observed in the near-bed plane for the low Reynolds number case. The narrower wake is observed in the near-bed plane due to the effect of the bed. Combined with stronger vertical velocity and turbulence intensities noted near the bed in the vertical midplane, this suggests increased activity of the vortex structures in the low Reynolds number case. Under shallow conditions, stronger disturbances of the free surface are observed for the case of high Reynolds and Froude numbers. The study also revisits the definition of the wake stability parameter and proposes a new definition which incorporates not only the bed friction but also the drag experienced by the cylinder.

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