Special Issue "Advances in Sediment Transport under Combined Waves and Currents"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Richard Styles

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180, USA
Phone: 601-634-4065
Interests: sediment transport; hydrodynamic modelling; tidal inlets; wave/current interaction; long-term morphological change; morphodynamic modelling; coastal inlet evolution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sediment transport processes in combined wave and current flows play an important role in many issues including coastal resiliency, shoreline stability, estuarine dynamics, and biological productivity. New technologies to measure fine-scale processes along with high-fidelity numerical modelling have continued to produce new information on sediment dynamics in shallow water systems. The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the latest theoretical, experimental, observational, or numerical modelling advancements in sediment transport research under combined wave and current flows. The Special Issue will accept submissions on any aspect of combined wave and current flows but is especially interested in receiving papers on the following topics:

  • Sediment transport processes at high wave and current angles
  • The effects of waves of finite duration, such as vessel wake, in sediment transport
  • The interaction between combined flows and sediment in the vicinity of hydraulic structures
  • Sediment transport in regions where the waves and currents are transitioning such as inlets or deltas
  • Vegetated regions with combined wave and current flows
  • Sediment transport in regions with limited sediment supply such as hard bottoms
Dr. Richard Styles
Guest Editor

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  • sediment dynamics
  • combined wave and current flows
  • bottom boundary layer processes
  • sediment transport modelling
  • near-shore processes
  • turbulence
  • storm surge
  • hydraulic structures

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Wave-Created Mud Suspensions: A Theoretical Study
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2018, 6(2), 29; doi:10.3390/jmse6020029
Received: 1 February 2018 / Revised: 13 March 2018 / Accepted: 21 March 2018 / Published: 27 March 2018
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We studied wave-created high-density mud suspensions (fluid mud) using a one-dimensional water column (1DV) model that includes k-ε turbulence closure at a high vertical resolution with a vertical grid spacing of 1 mm. The k-ε turbulence model includes two sediment-related dissipation
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We studied wave-created high-density mud suspensions (fluid mud) using a one-dimensional water column (1DV) model that includes k-ε turbulence closure at a high vertical resolution with a vertical grid spacing of 1 mm. The k-ε turbulence model includes two sediment-related dissipation terms associated with vertical density stratification and viscous drag of flows around sediment particles. To this end, the calibrated model reproduces the key characteristics (maximum concentration and thickness) of fluid mud layers created in laboratory experiments over a large range of wave velocities from 10 to 55 cm/s. The findings demonstrate that the equilibrium near-bed mud concentration, Cb, is solely determined from the balance between erosion and deposition fluxes, whereas the thickness of the fluid mud layer is mainly controlled by sediment-induced density stratification, which dissipates turbulence and hence eliminates turbulent sediment diffusivity at the top of the fluid mud layer, the lutocline. Our model stands in contrast to those that suggest that upward sediment diffusion is close to zero at the interface between the fluid mud layer and the overlying fluid. Instead, our model suggests that the upward diffusive flux of fluid mud flows peak at the lutocline and is compensated for enhanced settling fluxes just above it. Our model findings also support the existence of the gelling-ignition process, which is critical for the development of fluid mud beds in modern sedimentary environments. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sediment Transport under Combined Waves and Currents)

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