An approach to reseach of the breaching process

Dave Weij, Geert Keetels, Joep Goeree, Cees van Rhee

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Breaching has been an important mechanism for sand suction dredging for a long time. A special kind of breaching, unstable breaching, has recently been identified as a possible failure mechanism for sandy submerged slopes. This has increased the interest into the breaching process. At the Delft University of Technology we have started a research project on the subject of unstable breaching. In this paper we discuss the results obtained so far. First, we discuss a concept for laboratory experiments into the phenomena. Second, we propose a new numerical model, designed to investigate unstable breaching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st World Dredging Congress & Exhibition 2016 (WODCON XXI)
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations in Dredging
Place of PublicationVancouver, WA, USA
PublisherWestern Dredging Association
ISBN (Print)978-1-5108-2989-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventWODCON XXI: World Dredging Congress and Exposition 2016 "Innovations in Dredging" - Miami, United States
Duration: 13 Jul 201617 Jul 2016


ConferenceWODCON XXI: World Dredging Congress and Exposition 2016 "Innovations in Dredging"
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Bladzijdenummering document komt niet overeen met die uit de inhoudsopgave van Proceedings


  • Slope failure
  • Sand-water mixtures
  • Numerical modeling
  • Dredging
  • Turbidity currents
  • Flow Slides


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