Computation of sediment transport and presentation of results
This article is a summary of chapter 4 of the Manual Sediment Transport Measurements in Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Seas . This article introduces how the total load transport can be calculated. A more complete article on this topic is Sand transport.
Calculation of load transport
When the suspended sediment samples are collected as point-integrated samples, there are two methods to compute the depth-integrated suspended load transport. First, there is the so-called partial method which gives the suspended load transport between the bed and the highest sampling point using a linear interpolation between adjacent (measured) values. Second, there is the so-called integral method, which gives the total suspended load transport between the bed and the water surface by fitting a theoretical distribution to the measured flow velocity and concentration profiles. Applying this latter method, the suspended load in the unsampled zone is taken into account. The transport rate of the suspended silt (2 to 63 um) and suspended sand particles (>63 um) should be computed separately. If necessary, more fractions can be used.
Summaries of the manual
- Manual Sediment Transport Measurements in Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Seas
- Chapter 1: Introduction, problems and approaches in sediment transport measurements
- Chapter 2: Definitions, processes and models in morphology
- Chapter 3: Principles, statistics and errors of measuring sediment transport
- Chapter 5: Measuring instruments for sediment transport
- Chapter 6: Measuring instruments for particle size and fall velocity
- Chapter 7: Measuring instruments for bed material sampling
- Chapter 8: Laboratory and in situ analysis of samples
- Chapter 9: In situ measurement of wet bulk density
- Chapter 10: Instruments for bed level detection
- Chapter 11: Argus video
- Chapter 12: Measuring instruments for fluid velocity, pressure and wave height
- Rijn, L. C. van (1986). Manual sediment transport measurements. Delft, The Netherlands: Delft Hydraulics Laboratory
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