The present study aims at computing and analysing the eroded sediment volumes induced by twin-propeller jets near a vertical quay wall from the main geometric characteristics of the scour hole. Two different scouring mechanisms govern the scouring process: i) the down-flow due to the interaction between the propellers jet and the wall, and ii) the direct impact of the propellers jet flow on the seabed. For this reason, the whole study area is divided into two subzones: 1) ’near the wall’ field; 2) ’far from the wall’ field. Both forward and backward rotation of the propellers during manoeuvring are analysed. The results show that, for the two manoeuvring states, the relationship between the eroded volume and the geometric characteristics of the scour hole in the near-wall subzone does not change, meaning that the backward rotation does not affect the morphology of the scour hole near the wall. Moreover, the eroded volume can be determined as a function of the maximum depth near the wall and, with higher accuracy, as a product of the three main geometric characteristics of the scour hole at any time-stage during the scour hole development.

Relationship between eroded volume and main scour hole dimensions near quay walls caused by internal counter-rotating twin-propellers

Giuseppe Curulli;Nadia Penna;Roberto Gaudio
2022

Abstract

The present study aims at computing and analysing the eroded sediment volumes induced by twin-propeller jets near a vertical quay wall from the main geometric characteristics of the scour hole. Two different scouring mechanisms govern the scouring process: i) the down-flow due to the interaction between the propellers jet and the wall, and ii) the direct impact of the propellers jet flow on the seabed. For this reason, the whole study area is divided into two subzones: 1) ’near the wall’ field; 2) ’far from the wall’ field. Both forward and backward rotation of the propellers during manoeuvring are analysed. The results show that, for the two manoeuvring states, the relationship between the eroded volume and the geometric characteristics of the scour hole in the near-wall subzone does not change, meaning that the backward rotation does not affect the morphology of the scour hole near the wall. Moreover, the eroded volume can be determined as a function of the maximum depth near the wall and, with higher accuracy, as a product of the three main geometric characteristics of the scour hole at any time-stage during the scour hole development.
Propeller-induced scour; Physical model; Harbour management; Eroded volumes
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