J.W. Kamphuis


In this paper the practical design of coastal mobile bed models is considered. The semi-theoretical approach expressed by the author in earlier publications (9,10,11,12) is extended and used to classify and design coastal models. Fixed bed coastal models are discussed first to form a basis for the argument. Subsequently, mobile bed models are classified according to criteria of dynamic similarity satisfied in their design and scale effects present in their operation. Basic scale laws are next derived for all classifications of coastal models. This is done for both inshore and offshore models, the distinction being brought about by adjusting the velocity scales for unidirectional (and long wave) motion. Time and sediment transport scales are next derived and some well known models are compared. The presence of bedform and model distortion is also treated. The work is compared with that of other authors.


scaling; coastal model; model scale

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