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Experimental Assessment of Alluviation Downstream of Hun-Lock, Belgium

Author(s): Catherine Swartenbroekx; Celine Savary; Didier Bousmar

Linked Author(s): Didier Bousmar, Catherine Swartenbroekx, Céline Savary

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Abstract: To maintain inland navigation, a deposition crest in the Hunlock area, in the Upper Meuse River, Belgium, has to be dredged almost every two years. A long-term solution is searched for, based on the understanding of water velocity field and solid transport processes, to avoid the silting and the expensive dredging. The physical process is analysed thanks to a 1:50 small-scale model of the 500 m-long Meuse reach with Hun movable dam as upstream boundary. The velocity fields, recorded with an electromagnetic probe displaced automatically, are compared for several configurations. Three discharges and distinct dam openings are tested in the existing configuration. Modifications of the downstream guard wall, by perforating ports, are also considered. Building groynes in the right side of the river is analysed. Finally, flushing water through the lock is tested. As conclusions, alluviations are due to the localisation of the lock in an enlarged area of the Upper Meuse and in a meander intrados, inducing decreasing flow velocities. None of the tested solutions is completely convincing according to 4 criterions: (1) ability to decrease the deposition crest, (2) navigation requirements, (3) safety in case of high-stage discharges, and (4) acceptable cost.


Year: 2018

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