Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina: Movable-Bed Hydraulic Model Study, Effects of Temperature and Experimental Procedures.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS
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The study was conducted to determine the effects of water temperature on the results from a movable-bed model study of Masonboro Inlet, N.C., with a secondary objective to determine the effects of experimental procedures on the model results. The erratic reproduction of short-period waves near the beach and inlet was found to be the most probable source of experimental error. Other experimental errors discussed include the influence of initial molding of the movable bed, method of simulation of littoral transport approaching the inlet test sections, and bed sounding procedure. The study did not define temperature effects on movable-bed results however, no evidence was found to indicate that temperature adversely affected the results of the Masonboro Inlet model tests within the range of temperatures investigated 50 to 78 F. A general course of action to resolve the question of temperature effects is recommended. The study consisted of three pairs of tests. Two pairs of tests were conducted with different water temperatures the third or control pair was conducted with the same water temperature. Appendices provide 1 Results of the hydrographic surveys 2 Scour and fill maps and Beach profiles for each test.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods