Evaluation of Proposed Port Facilities, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina

by Samuel B. Heltzel, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92

Abstract: Often it is necessary for port facility designers to evaluate various alternative development plans for port facilities. These evaluations may include a ship navigability study or an evaluation of potential impacts to channel and facility shoaling and maintenance dredging requirements. A study of this type was performed for the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) by the US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station. The study was designed to provide a preliminary evaluation of two alternative port facilities. This numerical model investigation used the US Army Corps of Engineers TABS-MD numerical modeling system for open channel flow and sedimentation. Boundary conditions and a verification data set were obtained from the laterally averaged numerical model FIne-Grained Bed Sediment (FIBS). The numerical model mesh used in this study is a comprehensive mesh of the Charleston Harbor system. Verification was very carefully conducted, and a sensitivity analysis was also performed on model parameters. This paper presents the results of this port facility evaluation.

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Ports and harbors | Sediment | Mathematical models | Numerical analysis | Harbor facilities | Hydraulic models | Sensitivity analysis | Building design | South Carolina | North America | United States | Charleston (South Carolina)

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