A unique facility capable of recirculating and continuously measuring the transport rates of sediment particles ranging in size from about 1 to 75 millimeters in diameter was designed and used in an extensive program involving the calibration of bedload samplers. The facility consisted of a 9-footwide by 6-foot-deep by 272-foot-long rectangular channel that incorporated seven automated collection pans and a sediment-return system. The collection pans accumulated, weighed, and periodically dumped bedload falling through a slot in the channel floor. Variations of the Helley-Smith bedload sampler, an Arnhem sampler, and two VUV-type samplers were used to obtain transport rates for comparison with rates measured at the bedload slot (trap). Tests were conducted under 20 different hydraulic and sedimentologic conditions (runs) with 3 uniform-size bed materials and a bed-material mixture. Hydraulic and sedimentologic data collected concurrently with the calibration measurements are described and, in part, summarized in tabular and graphic form. Tables indicate the extent of the data, which are available on magnetic media. The information includes sediment-transport rates; particle-size distributions; water discharges, depths, and slopes; longitudinal profiles of streambed-surface elevations; and temporal records of streambed-surface elevations at fixed locations.
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Laboratory data on coarse-sediment transport for bedload-sampler calibrations