Some self-similar solutions in river morphodynamics

E. Daly, A. Porporato

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[1] Aggradation and degradation in one-dimensional channels are often modeled with a simplified nonlinear diffusion equation. Different degrees of nonlinearity are obtained using the Chezy and Manning/Gauckler-Strickler laws for the friction coefficient combined with a sediment transport equation having a generalized form of the Meyer-Peter and Müller formula. Analytical self-similar solutions for the "dam break" and the base-level lowering are presented. While the linear case corresponds to the classic diffusion equation, the main effect of the nonlinearity appears to be the presence of singularities in the self-similar solutions, related to the finite speed of propagation of perturbations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberW12503
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology


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