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Coast / Estuary

Coastal systems are among the most dynamic physical systems on earth and are subject to a large variety of forces. The morphodynamic changes occurring to coastlines worldwide are of great interest and importance. These changes occur as a result of the erosion of sediments, its subsequent transport as bed load or suspended load, and eventual deposition. 
 
Estuaries are partly enclosed water bodies that have an open connection to the coast. Estuaries generally have one or more branching channels, intertidal mudflats and/or salt marshes. Intertidal areas are of high ecological importance and trap sediments (sands, silts, clays and organic matter).
Within the Delft3D modelling package a large variation of coastal and estuarine physical and chemical processes can be simulated. These include waves, tidal propagation, wind- or wave-induced water level setup, flow induced by salinity or temperature gradients, sand and mud transport, water quality and changing bathymetry (morphology). Delft3D can also be used operationally e.g. storm, surge and algal bloom forecasting. 
 
On this discussion page you can post questions, research discussions or just share your experience about modelling coastal and/or estuarine systems with Delft3D FM. 
 

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Implementation of Soulsby-Van Rijn formula: Asb coeff.

Pushpa Dissanayake, modified 7 Years ago.

Implementation of Soulsby-Van Rijn formula: Asb coeff.

Padawan Posts: 25 Join Date: 5/3/11 Recent Posts
Good day all,

In the original Soulsby-Van Rijn formula (in Soulsby, 1997 book), bed load coefficient (Asb) consists of 0.005. However, for the same parameter, it is 0.05 in the D3D manual, which is 10 times larger. Why is it? Further, it is mentioned in the manual, Asb is not explicitly included in the formula and a standard correction is applied through the morphological module. Does this refer to BEDW coefficient?

Cheers,
Dissa
Richard Measures, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: Implementation of Soulsby-Van Rijn formula: Asb coeff.

Jedi Knight Posts: 178 Join Date: 3/23/11 Recent Posts
Hi Dissa,

I had a look in the source code and the Soulsby-Van Rijn formula is implemented in https://svn.oss.deltares.nl/repos/delft3d/trunk/src/engines_gpl/flow2d3d/packages/kernel/src/compute_sediment/trab11.f90

The implementation is relatively straightforward to follow. In line 146 Asb is calculated:

asb = 0.005*h*(d50/h/(delta*ag*d50))**1.2

This shows that the 0.05 value is just an error in the manual which needs correcting, and the code is using 0.005 consistent with the original reference.

I am not sure I follow exactly what you're referring to with your comment about Asb not being explicitly included in the formula. In the manual it refers to the bedslope correction factor not being explicitly included as it is available elsewhere, but I can't find any reference to Asb not being included?

Hope that helps,

Richard
Pushpa Dissanayake, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: Implementation of Soulsby-Van Rijn formula: Asb coeff.

Padawan Posts: 25 Join Date: 5/3/11 Recent Posts
Thanks again Richard.

It's now sure that Asb in the SVR formula has been correctly (0.005) implemented in the code though it's indicated as 0.05 in the manual.

I referred to Pg 364, in the D3D manual,

'The bedslope correction factor (Asb) is not explicitly included in this formula as it is a standard
correction factor available in the online morphology module. The method is intended for conditions
in which the bed is rippled.'

Cheers,
Dissa
Arjen Luijendijk, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: Implementation of Soulsby-Van Rijn formula: Asb coeff.

Padawan Posts: 38 Join Date: 2/22/11 Recent Posts
Thanks for finding out this inconsistency and verifying it!

We have adjusted it in the FLOW manual (thanks to Jan Mooiman).

Thanks, Arjen