An Introduction to Hydraulics of Fine Sediment Transport by Ashish J Mehta

An Introduction to Hydraulics of Fine Sediment Transport

byAshish J Mehta

Kobo ebook | September 30, 2013

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This book presents observations on the phenomena of fine sediment transport and their explanations under process-related divisions such as flocculation, erosion, and deposition.

The text is a compilation of the author's lecture notes from nearly four decades of teaching and guiding graduate students in civil and coastal engineering. Illustrations of fine sediment transport processes and their complexities given in the book are taken from field and laboratory-based observations by the author and his students, as well as numerous investigators.

The wide-ranging composition of particles (of inorganic and organic matter), their universal presence and their complex interactions with hydraulic forces make this branch of science a difficult one to deal with in a single treatise. It is therefore essential to study fine sediment transport as an independent subject rather than cover it in no more than a single chapter as many texts on coarse sediment transport have done.

Even though the entire coverage is “introductory”, the twelve chapters collectively include more material than what can be reasonably dealt with in a one semester, three-credit course.

The book includes an extensive description of the components of fine-grained — especially cohesive — sediment transport. It covers the development of the subject in scientific and engineering applications mainly from the 1950s to its present state. Solved examples and chapter-end exercises are also included.

This text is aimed at senior civil engineering undergraduates and graduate students who, in the normal course of their study, seldom come across the subject of fine sediment transport in their curricula. Interested students should have a basic understanding of the mechanics of fluid flow and open channel hydraulics.


  • Introduction
  • Topics in Fluid Flow and Wave Motion
  • Methods of Sediment Classification
  • Flocculation and Floc Properties
  • Characterization of Mud Properties
  • Transport Load Definitions
  • Settling and Deposition
  • Sedimentation and Bed Formation
  • Erosion and Entrainment
  • Fluid Mud Properties and Behavior
  • Wave–Mud Processes
  • Sedimentation Phenomena

Readership: Civil Engineering upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and engineering consultants. Coastal and marine geologists, biologists, and ecosystems analysts.
Key Features:

  • First book on the subject written as a textbook
  • Includes extensive field and laboratory observations of the components of fine-grained, especially cohesive, sediment transport
  • The development of the subject since the 1950s, its present state in science and engineering application are described from nearly four decades of published works of the author and his students, as many well known investigators
  • Includes solved examples and chapter-end exercises
Title:An Introduction to Hydraulics of Fine Sediment TransportFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 30, 2013Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9814449504

ISBN - 13:9789814449502