ONSHORE-OFFSHORE SEDIMENT MOVEMENT ON A BEACH

P. Nielsen, I.A. Svensen, C. Staub

Abstract


A theoretical model is developed for the movement of loose sediments in oscillatory flow with or without a net current. In the present formulation the model is two-dimensional, but may readily be extended to three dimensions. It is assumed that all movement of sediments occurs in suspension, and exact analytical solutions are given for the time variation of the concentration profile, the instantaneous sediment flux and the net flux of sediment over a wave period. The model requires as empirical input a diffusion coefficient e and pick-up function p(t), for which experimental data are presented. Two examples are discussed in detail, illustrating important aspects of the onshore-offshore sediment motion.

Keywords


sediment transport; crossshore transport; beach sediment

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