Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Neumeier U., Ferrarin C., Amos C. L., Umgiesser G., Li M. Z. Sedtrans05: An improved sediment-transport model for continental shelves and coastal waters with a new algorithm for cohesive sediments. In: Computers & Geosciences, vol. 34 (10) pp. 1223 - 1242. Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd, 2008.
The one-dimensional (vertical) sediment-transport model SEDTRANS96 has been upgraded to predict more accurately both cohesive and non-cohesive sediment transport. Sedtrans05 computes the bed shear stress for a given set of flow and seabed conditions using combined wave-current bottom boundary layer theory. Sediment transport (bedload and total load) is evaluated using one of five methods. The main modifications to the original version of the model are: (1) a reorganization of the code so that the computation routines can be easily accessed from different user interfaces, or may be called from other programs; (2) the addition of the Van Rijn method to the options for non-cohesive sediment transport; (3) the computation of density and viscosity of water from temperature and salinity inputs; and (4) the addition of a new cohesive sediment algorithm. This latter algorithm introduces variations of sediment properties with depth, represents the suspended sediment as a spectrum of settling velocities (i.e. size classes), includes the flocculation process, and models multiple erosion–deposition cycles. The new model matches slightly better the field measurements of non-cohesive sediment transport, than does the predictions by SEDTRANS96. The sand-transport calibration has been extended to high transport rates. The cohesive sediment algorithm reproduced well experimental data from annular flume experiments.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2008.02.007
Subject cohesive sediment transport
sand transport
numerical model
sediment dynamics
continental shelf
estuarine processes

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