A similarity solution for a dual moving boundary problem associated with a coastal-plain depositional system

Jorge Lorenzo Trueba, Vaughan R. Voller, Tetsuji Muto, Wonsuck Kim, Chris Paola, John B. Swenson

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Abstract

Assuming that the sediment flux in the Exner equation can be linearly related to the local bed slope, we establish a one-dimensional model for the bed-load transport of sediment in a coastal-plain depositional system, such as a delta and a continental margin. The domain of this model is defined by two moving boundaries: the shoreline and the alluvial-bedrock transition. These boundaries represent fundamental transitions in surface morphology and sediment transport regime, and their trajectories in time and space define the evolution of the shape of the sedimentary prism. Under the assumptions of fixed bedrock slope and sea level the model admits a closed-form similarity solution for the movements of these boundaries. A mapping of the solution space, relevant to field scales, shows two domains controlled by the relative slopes of the bedrock and fluvial surface: one in which changes in environmental parameters are mainly recorded in the upstream boundary and another in which these changes are mainly recorded in the shoreline. We also find good agreement between the analytical solution and laboratory flume experiments for the movements of the alluvial-bedrock transition and the shoreline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-443
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume628
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Jul 2009

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Lorenzo Trueba, Jorge ; Voller, Vaughan R. ; Muto, Tetsuji ; Kim, Wonsuck ; Paola, Chris ; Swenson, John B. / A similarity solution for a dual moving boundary problem associated with a coastal-plain depositional system. In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 2009 ; Vol. 628. pp. 427-443.
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A similarity solution for a dual moving boundary problem associated with a coastal-plain depositional system. / Lorenzo Trueba, Jorge; Voller, Vaughan R.; Muto, Tetsuji; Kim, Wonsuck; Paola, Chris; Swenson, John B.

In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 628, 27.07.2009, p. 427-443.

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