Wash load and bed-material load transport in the Yellow River

Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
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It has been the conventional assumption that wash load is supply limited and is only indirectly related to the hydraulics of a river. Hydraulic engineers also assumed that bed-material load concentration is independent of wash load concentration. This paper provides a detailed analysis of the Yellow River sediment transport data to determine whether the above assumptions are true and whether wash load concentration can be computed from the original unit stream power formula and the modified unit stream power formula for sediment-laden flows. A systematic and thorough analysis of 1,160 sets of data collected from 9 gauging stations along the Middle and Lower Yellow River confirmed that the method suggested by the conjunctive use of the two formulas can be used to compute wash load, bed-material load, and total load in the Yellow River with accuracy. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering ?? ASCE.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Wash load and bed-material load transport in the Yellow River
Series title Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2005)131:5(413)
Volume 131
Issue 5
Year Published 2005
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
First page 413
Last page 418
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