NUMERICAL MODELLING OF SUSPENDED SEDIMENT TRANSPORT IN THE LOIRE ESTUARY

Ch. Teisson, D. Fritsch

Abstract


In order to evaluate silt displacements and deposits in the outer part of the Loire Estuary over one year, a two-dimensional depth-integrated model of suspended sediment transport has been carried out. It takes into account transport and dispersion of suspended sediment by tidal currents, and processes of erosion, deposition and bed consolidation. Erosion laws and consolidation laws are specific of the Loire Estuary and come from laboratory experiments. Representative tidal conditions and river Loire flowrates have been identified : results of the model for these typical cases will be tentatively extrapolated to a one year evolution.

Keywords


numerical modeling; suspended sediment; sediment transport; Loire Estuary; estuary

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