Laboratory Experiments and the Development of Wave-Driven Sand Transport Models

Thomas O'Donoghue, Jan S. Ribberink

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The paper presents an overview of results from large-scale laboratory experiments
on sand transport processes under sea waves. The experiments, especially
those carried out in recent years in the Aberdeen Oscillatory Flow Tunnel
at Aberdeen University and the Large Oscillating Water Tunnel at Delft Hydraulics,
provide insights into the underlying processes for both the ripple and sheet
flow regimes. Insights and data from the experiments are used to inform the development of predictive models. The paper includes an account of recent modeling developments, especially of semi-unsteady models used for practical applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-195
Number of pages19
JournalPublications of the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, E Water Resources
Issue number401
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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