Computational Modeling of Sediment Transport in Kachemak Bay

by Sam S. Y. Wang, Univ of Mississippi, MS, USA,
Jianping Yue, Univ of Mississippi, MS, USA,
Jaime Trujillo, Univ of Mississippi, MS, USA,
Zhilin Wei, Univ of Mississippi, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The tide-generated flow circulation in the Kachemak Bay of Alaska was simulated numerically using the Multi-Leveled Finite Element Model originally developed by Kawahara of Japan and recently modified by the Computational Engineering Research Institute, Inc. , in cooperation with the Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering of The University of Mississippi. The tidal flow circulation in the bay was predominantly generated by the prescribed tidal elevation variation based on the field observations collected at the Seldovia Station from August 9 to September 27 of 1984. This preliminary study has demonstrated that the numerical-empirical modeling methodology is a cost-effective tool to simulate and predict the sediment transport phenomena in coastal waters.

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Hydrologic models | Water circulation | Tides | Flow simulation | Computer models | Water flow | Finite element method | Alaska | United States

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