Delft Bottle suspended load sampler
This article is a summary of subsection 5.6.2.5 of the Manual Sediment Transport Measurements in Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Seas ^{[1]}. The Delft Bottle sampler can be used to measure the average sand transport directly.
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Introduction
The Delft Bottle (Figures 1 and 2) is based on the flowthrough principle, which means that the water entering the intake nozzle leaves the bottle at the backside. As a result of a strong reduction of the flow velocity due to the bottle geometry, the sand particles larger than about 100 um settle inside the bottle. Using this instrument, the local average sand transport is measured directly. As the overall efficiency of the Delft Bottle is rather low, it is sufficiently accurate to determine only the (immersed) volume of the sand catch on board of the vessel. A small number of the samples can be returned to the laboratory to determine the porosity factor of the sediment sample and the particle size distribution.
The local average sediment transport (in kg/m^{2}/s) is determined as:
[math]S=\alpha\,(1p)\rho\,_s V_s/(FT)[/math] or [math]S=\alpha\,G_s/(FT)[/math]
in which:
 [math]\alpha\,[/math]= calibration factor according to Figure 3,
 [math]p[/math]= porosity factor,
 [math]\rho\,_s[/math]= density of sediment (2650 kg/m^{3}),
 [math]G_s[/math]= dry mass of sediment (mg),
 [math]V_s[/math]= volume of sediment sample, including pores (m^{3}),
 [math]F[/math]= area of nozzle (m^{2}),
 [math]T[/math]= sampling period (s).
Calibration
Sampling errors are introduced by:
 incorrect intake velocity compared with local flow velocity; the hydraulic coefficient (ratio of intake velocity and local flow velocity) varies from 1 to 1.5 (Dijkman, 1978^{[2]}, 1981^{[3]}),
 inefficiency of the sampler to collect relatively fine sediment material (particles finer than 100 um),
 additional sampling during raising and lowering of the instrument,
 sediment losses during removal of the sand catch from the DB.
Usually, only the first two errors are corrected using a calibration factor a according to Figure 3, which is based on extensive laboratory measurements (Dijkman, 1981^{[3]}). The kfactor varies from 0.7 to 2.5 depending on the nozzle type, particle size and local flow velocity. The sampling error due to the collection of sediment particles during lowering and raising of the instrument can be reduced by using a relatively large sampling period (15 minutes). Otherwise, an additional calibration factor is necessary (Dijkman, 1981^{[3]}). The minimum sampling time is about 5 minutes to obtain a statistically reliable result. An additional advantage of a long sampling period is the collection of a large sediment catch enabling an accurate determination of particle size (by sieving).
Field measurements show sampling errors up to 50% for individual samples, even after the application of the calibration factor. Considering these large errors, the Delft Bottle can only be used to obtain a rough estimate of the local sand transport. Therefore, it is sufficiently accurate to determine only the volumetric quantity of the sand sample (in situ). In that case the laboratory analysis is rather limited, which is an advantage of the Delft Bottle method. The Delft Bottle should not be used in tidal flow conditions with relatively small sediment concentrations because of the long sampling period which is required to obtain a measurable sediment catch.
See also
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 4: Computation of sediment transport and presentation of results
 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
Other internal links
 Bottle and trap samplers
 USP61 suspended load sampler
 USP61 suspended load sampler
 CollabsibleBag depth integrating sampler
 Sand transport
Further reading
Dijkman, J. and Milisic, V., 1982. Investigations on Suspended Sediment Samplers. Delft Hydraulics Laboratory and Jaroslav Cerni Institute, Report S410, The Netherlands
References
 ↑ Rijn, L. C. van (1986). Manual sediment transport measurements. Delft, The Netherlands: Delft Hydraulics Laboratory
 ↑ Dijkman, J., 1978. Some Characteristics of the USP61 and Delft Bottle. Delft University of Technology, Dep. of Civ.Eng., Int. Report No. 578, The Netherlands
 ↑ ^{3.0} ^{3.1} ^{3.2} Dijkman, J., 1981. Investigation of Characteristic Parameters of Delft Bottle. Delft Hydraulics Laboratory, Report S362, The Netherlands
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