DEVELOPMENT OF HYDRAULIC AND SHOALING CHARACTERISTICS OF SAVANNAH HARBOR, GEORGIA, BY PROTOTYPE STUDIES AND HYDRAULIC MODEL

John W. Harris

Abstract


Maintenance of Savannah Harbor became progressively more critical as the deepening of the channels caused heavy shoaling concentrations in a highly industrialized section of the harbor where spoil disposal areas are limited. Studies were performed to evaluate the shoaling and develop means of reducing the high cost of maintaining 31 miles of deep-water navigation channels. A hydraulic model investigation substantiated the conclusions reached through analysis of prototype data, greatly expanded the knowledge of hydraulic conditions and shoaling processes, and developed an improvement plan which involved a tide gate to induce the deposit of sediment in an off-channel sediment basin.

Keywords


Savannah Harbor; shoaling; channel maintenance

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