INCIPIENT MOTION OF PARTICLES UNDER OSCILLATORY FLOW

L. Lenhoff

Abstract


This paper is aimed at the establishment of a generally applicable criterion for the onset of grain motion under the influence of oscillatory flow. Data from previous studies are used in a dimensional analysis and an empirically derived relationship between the dimensionless parameters R* (shear Reynolds number) and D* (dimensionless grain parameter) is proposed as a criterion to be used in coastal engineering problems. This study forms part of a larger programme by the Sediment Dynamics Division of the National Research Institute for Oceanology in Stellenbosch, RSA, which is aimed at the reevaluation and updating of the input parameters and relationships for the predictive equations for coastal sediment transport.

Keywords


particle motion; incipient motion; oscillatory flow

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