Selection of Sediment Transport Relations: Part I, Review of Sediment Transport Comparisons

by Martin J. Teal, (M.ASCE),
David T. Williams, (F.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


There are a great number of sediment transport relations in existence in the world today. The engineer is often faced with the problem of choosing the most appropriate relation for the study at hand. In order to facilitate the engineer's choice, researchers have performed comparative studies in order to recommend one or more relations over others. This paper summarizes some of the most prominent comparisons. Although the comparisons shed some light on the accuracy of various formulas, the engineer still has a difficult decision when selecting a formula for use with a project. A numerical ranking scheme for sand-size transport equations is developed in Parts II and III of this paper.

Subject Headings: Sediment transport | Comparative studies | Water resources | Rivers and streams | Numerical analysis | Construction management | Sandy soils

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