Computation of Bed Load Using Bathymetric Data

by Peter Engel, Research Engr.; Environmental Hydr. Section, Hydr. Research Div., National Water Research Inst., Burlington, Ontario, Canada,
Y. Lam lau, Head; Environmental Section, Hydr. Research Div., National Water Research Inst., Burlington, Ontario, Canada,


Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 3, Pg. 369-380


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: A method of calculating bed-load transport is presented. This method takes advantage of the rapid bathymetric surveys that can be made in large rivers. The proposed equation is based on sediment continuity and an assumption for the base level of zero transport. Experimental data were obtained in a series of flume tests and the measured transport rates are compared with the calculated transport rates using the proposed equation. Comparisons are also made with the Ackers-White Equation.

Subject Headings: Sediment transport | Bed loads | Bathymetry | Transport rates | Surveying methods | Flumes

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