New practical model for sand transport induced by non-breaking waves and currents

Dominic Alexander Van Der A, Jan S. Ribberink, Jebbe J. van der Werf, Thomas O'Donoghue

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

4 Citations (Scopus)


Many existing practical sand transport formulae for the coastal marine environment are restricted to limited ranges of hydrodynamic and sediment conditions. This paper presents a new practical formula for net sand transport induced by non-breaking waves and currents, and currents alone. The formula is based on the semi-unsteady, half wave-cycle concept, with bed shear stress as the main forcing parameter. Unsteady phase-lag effects between velocities and
concentrations are accounted for, which are especially important for rippled bed and fine sand sheet-flow conditions. Recently recognized effects on the net transport related to flow acceleration skewness and progressive surface waves
are also included. The formula is calibrated against a large dataset of net transport rate measurements from oscillatory flow tunnels and a large wave flume covering a wide range of flow and sand conditions. Good agreement is obtained
between observations and predictions, and its validity is shown for bedload dominated steady flow conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Of The International Conference On Coastal Engineering, No. 32(2010)
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Coastal Engineering
PublisherCoastal Engineering Research Council of the COPRI (Coasts, Oceans, Ports, Rivers Institute) of the American Society of Civil Engineers
ISSN (Print)2156-1028


  • sediment transport formula
  • sheet flow
  • ripples
  • oscillatory flow
  • non-breaking waves


Dive into the research topics of 'New practical model for sand transport induced by non-breaking waves and currents'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this