Volume 6, Issue 4
On a Shallow Water Model for the Simulation of Turbidity Currents

T. Morales de Luna ,  M. J. Castro Díaz ,  C. Parés Madroñal and E. D. Fernández Nieto

Commun. Comput. Phys., 6 (2009), pp. 848-882.

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  • Abstract

We present a model for hyperpycnal plumes or turbidity currents that takes into account the interaction between the turbidity current and the bottom, considering deposition and erosion effects as well as solid transport of particles at the bed load due to the current. Water entrainment from the ambient water in which the turbidity current plunges is also considered. Motion of ambient water is neglected and the rigid lid assumption is considered. The model is obtained as a depth-average system of equations under the shallow water hypothesis describing the balance of fluid mass, sediment mass and mean flow. The character of the system is analyzed and numerical simulations are carried out using finite volume schemes and path-conservative Roe schemes.

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Published online: 2009-06

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