LONGSHORE CURRENT AND TRANSPORT ACROSS NON-SINGULAR EQUILIBRIUM BEACH PROFILES

Kevin R. Bodge

Abstract


The longshore current and longshore sediment transport distributions are described across an equilibrium beach profile comprised of an intersecting planar foreshore and a concave-up profile. Such a profile shape avoids the singularity associated with the infinite-slope at the shoreline described by traditional equilibrium profile forms and allows prediction of beach processes at and above the shoreline. The mathematical expressions which describe the distributions are simplified and can be more readily applied relative to expressions previously presented in the literature. The findings are in general agreement with similar previous analytic studies and indicate that the current and transport maxima are generally located at about the intersection of the planar and concave-up portions of the profile.

Keywords


longshore current; longshore transport; nonsingular equilibrium profile; beach profile; equilibrium profile

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