The Formation of Meandering and Braided Channels

by Gerd Holtorff, Technical Univ Berlin, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sediment Transport Modeling


Flow in alluvial channels implies flow past boundaries that form and deform under the action of the flow. Interaction between the flow and the mobile boundaries produces channel patterns which are classified as meandering and braided. The present study shows that the amount of fine sediment contained in the bank-material which is suspended during the evolutionary process of the channel has an important bearing on whether the channel will develop into a meandering or braided channel.

Subject Headings: Domain boundary | Meandering rivers and streams | Stream channels | Suspended sediment | Deformation (mechanics) | Flow patterns | Sediment | Erosion

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