Analysis of Local Scouring

by Panagiotis D. Scarlatos, South Florida Water Management, District, United States,
Kent M. Loftin, South Florida Water Management, District, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


An understanding of local scouring is very important for the safety and integrity of hydraulic structures. The location, shape, and magnitude of the scour hole is a function of dynamic and physical characteristics of the riverine system. Local scouring is a phenomenon caused by disturbance of flow pattern due to the presence of hydraulic structures. Field data have been collected from scour holes downstream of three sheet-pile weirs. Analysis of the data showed agreement with semi-theoretical formulas and small-scale, physical model laboratory data.

Subject Headings: Scour | Structural safety | Hydraulic models | Rivers and streams | Sediment transport | Flow patterns | Data collection | Field tests

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