Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Degree Program

Civil Engineering

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Major Professor

Dr. John Alex McCorquodale

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to develop a 3-D numerical model on the Lower Mississippi River to simulate hydrodynamics and non-cohesive sediment transport. The study reach extends from Bonnet Carré Spillway (RM 127) to Head of Passes (RM 0). Delft3D with sigma coordinates was selected as the river modeling tool. This model River domain is characterized by a complex distributary system that connects the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. The boundary conditions were: water levels in the Gulf and Head of Passes; and discharges upstream. For the calibration, there are observed data for both types of boundary conditions. Several periods of high discharge were simulated to compare water level, discharge, velocity profiles and sediment transport with measurements and accomplish calibration and validation of the model. A calibrated 3-D model has been developed with the following %RMSE: 5% for stage; 6% for discharge; and 5% for sand load.

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