Masahiro Ito, Yoshito Tsuchiya


This paper presents a scale-model relationship for the similarity between large and small scale-models in two-dimensional equilibrium beach profiles. Taking large scale-models using large scale equipment as prototypes, the experimental scale of a medium-sized model was gradually varied keeping the grain size ratio of model to prototype constant. A similarity-comparison between large and small scale beach profiles is made by considering the degree of experimental errors. Judgement results are graphically shown, and a scale-model relationship is proposed. It is found that the scale-model relationship proposed agrees with the ones derived from the empirical formulae expressing the properties of beach profiles. Additionally, the applicability of this scale-model relationship to the reproduction test of natural beaches is examined.


beach profile; scale model; scale relationship

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