Comparison of turbulence schemes for prediction of wave-induced near-bed sediment suspension above a plane bed

Chi Zhang , Jin-hai Zheng , [No Value] Wang Yi-gang, Meng-tao Zhang , Dong-Sheng Jeng, Ji-sheng Zhang

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    Based on a wave bottom boundary layer model and a sediment advection-diffusion model, seven turbulence schemes are compared regarding their performances in prediction of near-bed sediment suspension beneath waves above a plane bed. These turbulence algorithms include six empirical eddy viscosity schemes and one standard two-equation k-E > model. In particular, different combinations of typical empirical formulas for the eddy viscosity profile and for the wave friction factor are examined. Numerical results are compared with four laboratory data sets, consisting of one wave boundary layer hydrodynamics experiment and three sediment suspension experiments under linear waves and the Stokes second-order waves. It is shown that predictions of near-bed sediment suspension are very sensitive to the choices of the empirical formulas in turbulence schemes. Simple empirical turbulence schemes are possible to perform equally well as the two-equation k-E > model. Among the empirical schemes, the turbulence scheme, combining the exponential formula for eddy viscosity and Swart formula for wave friction factor, is the most accurate. It maintains the simplicity and yields identically good predictions as the k-E > model does in terms of the wave-averaged sediment concentration.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)395-412
    Number of pages18
    JournalChina Ocean Engineering
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Turbulence scheme
    • Sediment transport
    • Wave boundary layer


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