Examination of the suspended sediment concentration formulae using full-scale rippled bed and sheet-flow data

Mantripathi Prabath Ravindra Jayaratne*, Sritharan Srikanthan, Tomoya Shibayama

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A set of theoretical models is deduced for computing suspended sediment concentration in coastal waters under the influence of suspension on the bottom boundary layer due to turbulent motion over full-scale sand ripples and sheet-flow, following on from the work of Jayaratne and Shibayama [2007]. Dimensional analysis and best-fit technique are the main methods for the formulation of reference concentrations and vertical distribution of diffusion coefficients of the models. Model parameters (e.g. calibration coefficients) are calibrated with the help of full-scale measured data. Time-averaged concentration profiles are derived from the steady diffusion equation. Two distinct suspension layers (i.e., lower and upper) were identified within the suspension over rippled bed, therefore predictive models were given separately for each layer. In the case of sheet-flow regime, predictive models were given for suspension and upper-sheet-flow layers. Published experimental data from 4 different data sources in the SANTOSS database (75 and 80 full-scale experiments for rippled bed and sheet-flow regimes respectively) from 1994 to 2007 [Van der Werf et al., 2009] are better explained by the proposed formulae, however different sets of calibration coefficients were assigned in each data set primarily due to the flow type (regular or irregular flows) and nature of the laboratory experiments (wave flume and wave tunnel).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-489
Number of pages39
JournalCoastal Engineering Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec


  • Theoretical models
  • best-fit technique
  • diffusion coefficient
  • dimensional analysis
  • full-scale sand ripples
  • reference concentration
  • sheet-flow
  • steady diffusion equation
  • suspended sediment concentration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Ocean Engineering


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