Seepage effects on bedload sediment transport rate by random waves
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Original versionOcean Engineering. 2014, 82 123-127. 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2014.02.020
The mean net bedload sediment transport rate beneath random waves is predicted taking into account the effect of seepage flow. This is achieved by using wave half-cycle bedload sediment transport formulas valid for regular waves together with a modified Shields parameter including the effect of seepage flow. The Madsen and Grant (1976) bedload sediment transport formula is used to demonstrate the method. An example using data typical to field conditions is included to illustrate the approach. The analytical results can be used to make an assessment of seepage effects on the mean net bedload sediment transport based on available wave statistics. Generally, it is recommended that a stochastic approach should be used rather than using the rms values in an otherwise deterministic approach.