The Possible Impact of Vessel Wakes on Bank Erosion.
COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC
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A summary is given of the knowledge available on vessel-generated wake, and the possible impact of this vessel wake on bank erosion. A literature survey was conducted to identify the various causes of bank erosion along waterways. A summary of the various natural effects and possible vessel effects is provided. Recession of waterway banks involves a large number of effects. The physical and chemical nature of the channels water, the materials forming the bank, and the groundwater may increase the soils erodibility by formerly noneroding water currents, wind waves, or vessel wakes. No computational methods exist for linking a vessel with a chosen hull shape, traveling at a chosen speed in a channel of chosen depth and chosen cross-sectional area and shape with banks of chosen height and materials, to a predicted occurrence of erosion.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology