Defining the Safe Navigable Depth of the Calcasieu River Ship Channel, Louisiana

by John B. Herbich, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
Gordon L. Wilkinson, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Considerations in Coastal Zone Management


Field research conducted in the Calcasieu River Ship Channel in Louisiana is described and some results of correlations between the echo sounder records and density measurements are presented. The objective of the research is to serve as a pilot study in an effort to define the safe navigable depth of the Calcasieu River Ship Channel. Rheological tests on fluid mud samples indicated that fluid muds form non-Newtonian fluids and several samples analyzed indicated Bingham body characteristics.

Subject Headings: Safety | Ships | Channels (waterway) | Mud | Rheology | Rivers and streams | Underwater surveys | Field tests | Louisiana | United States

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