The importance of flocculation in dredge plume modelling
Numerical models are often used to predict the magnitude and behaviour of dredge plumes to help assess and manage any environmental risks. To provide a realistic prediction of plumes resulting from dredging, numerical models require information on the rate at which sediment is suspended by the dredging, along with the characteristics of the suspended sediment. Previous investigations have shown that in the marine environment, fine-grained sediment suspended by natural processes and dredge-related activities are typically present as aggregated particles known as flocs. This article considers the importance of including the process of flocculation in dredge plume models.
Fact Sheet: Models and Modelling for Dredging
The new IADC-CEDA Fact Sheet "Models and Modelling for Dredging" is now available in the IADC Knowledge Centre.
Models and Modelling for Dredging
The Fact Sheet "Models and Modelling for Dredging" describes the modelling process, the different types of modelling and the effects of modelling.
Modelling the waterjet cable trenching process on sand dunes
Cables for offshore wind farms in the North Sea are buried for protection. A highly variable seabed topography influences the trenching process in sandy soils. A model has been developed to estimate the influence of sand dunes on the trenching process.
Numerical investigation of the head and unsteady flow characteristics of a dredge pump loading high-concentration sands
The head of a dredge pump is an important performance parameter and a strongly fluctuating head may affect the operating stability of the pump unit. The IADC Young Author’s Award paper analyses unsteady characteristics of pump performance to improve control of the dredge pump.
Can Workability be Enhanced by Operational Wave Modelling?
IADC’s Young Author Award winner François De Keuleneer and co-authors Joris de Vroom and Arjan Mol discuss the Workability Tool which ensures captains of specialised vessels can make informed decisions to dredge during favourable wave conditions.
Integrated Method for Optimal Channel Dredging Design
An analytical method that was developed and applied to identify the optimal channel layout and dredging depth for safe navigation in the Mearim Port concept in Brazil.
Modelling the effect of water depth on rock cutting processes with the use of discrete element method
Efficient rock cutting is still a challenge in the dredging industry. A new method that takes into account the effect of water depth could refine rock cutting processes.