Influence of basin geometry on equilibrium and stability of double inlet systems

R.L. Brouwer, H.M. Schuttelaars, Pieter C. Roos

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This study investigates the influence of basin geometry on the cross-sectional stability of double inlet systems. The inlet is in equilibrium when the amplitude of the inlet velocities equals the equilibrium velocity (~1 m s-1). This equilibrium is stable when after a perturbation the cross-sections of both inlets return to their original equilibrium value. The necessary amplitudes of the inlet velocities are obtained using an idealized 2DH hydrodynamic that calculates tidal elevation and flow in a geometry consisting of several adjacent rectangular compartments. Model results suggest that regardless of the inclusion or exclusion of bottom friction in the basin, stable equilibrium states exist. Qualitatively, the influence of basin geometry does not change the presence of stable equilibrium. Quantitatively, however, taking a basin surface area of 1200 km2, equilibrium values can differ up to a factor 2 depending on the geometry of the basin.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNCK-days 2012. Crossing borders in coastal research. Jubilee conference proceedings
EditorsW.M. Kranenburg, E.M. Horstman, K.M. Wijnberg
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
ISBN (Print)978-90-365-3342-3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2012
EventNCK-Days 2012: Crossing borders in coastal research - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 13 Mar 201216 Mar 2012


ConferenceNCK-Days 2012


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