Field monitoring of ship wave action on environmentally friendly bank protection in a confined waterway

Sieglien De Roo, Peter A Troch

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Abstract

The road toward a sustainable inland waterway network entails the installation of ecologically sound and technically effective bank protection. Heavy shipping traffic complicates the development of environmentally friendly bank protection on confined, nontidal waterways. Because in such conditions ship waves vary with ship design and operation, with topographic boundaries and locally changing hydraulic conditions, ship wave action is poorly understood. Therefore, a stand-alone field monitoring system was designed that accurately measures the impact on and response of environmentally friendly bank protection, consisting of off-bank timber piling and vegetation (reeds). Subsequently, the instrumentation was re-engineered and extended to a mobile version, enhancing the dynamic measurement possibilities. In this paper, the setup of both measurement systems is described, together with a detailed overview of the selected measurement instrumentation and good installation practices. The added value of these field monitoring systems is illustrated with an example of the monitoring system's data output.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-534
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
Volume139
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Bank protection
wave action
monitoring system
Ships
instrumentation
Monitoring
monitoring
Inland waterways
ship design
Banks (bodies of water)
Timber
Freight transportation
shipping
Piles
timber
Hydraulics
Acoustic waves
road
hydraulics
vegetation

Keywords

  • Belgium
  • Biotechnical engineering
  • Experimental design
  • Field tests
  • River bank stabilization
  • Sediment resuspension
  • Ship wave action
  • Ships
  • Wave action

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

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