American Society of Civil Engineers

Numerical Simulation of Sand Wave Evolution in Shallow Shelf Seas

by Attila A. Németh, (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Twente, Department of Civil Engineering P.O.BOX 217, 7500 AE Enschede, the Netherlands E-mail:, Suzanne J. M. H. Hulscher, (Associate Professor, University of Twente, Department of Civil Engineering E-mail:, and Ruud M. J. van Damme, (Associate Professor, University of Twente, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences E-mail:

pp. 1048-1057, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Coastal Dynamics ’01
Abstract: Sand waves form a prominent regular pattern in the offshore seabed of sandy shallow seas. A 2DV morphological numerical model describing the behaviour of these sand waves is under development. The first goal is to make the new numerical model reproduce the results obtained with a linear stability analysis. We start with a constant current after which the behaviour of sand waves is investigated in a tidal environment. Furthermore, calculations using Delft3D have been made to test the general setup of the new numerical model.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Sand waves
Shallow water
Sea floor
Numerical models