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Structures in CMS

  • Rubble Mounds
    Figure 1. Schematic of the model configuration for validation and numerical grid independence test.
Rubble mound structures are a common coastal engineering structure used for shoreline protection and flow and sediment transport control. They are typically used as seawalls, groins, breakwaters and jetties. The design of rubble mound structures often consists of a core of small to medium size rock or riprap covered with larger rock or riprap to armor against wave energy. In coastal modeling, it is usually reasonable to assume that the flow through these structures is negligible, and they are represented as solid structures, impermeable to both flow and sediment transport. However, some rubble mounds such as that of Dana Point, CA are designed with a sufficiently large diameter core material to allow for flow and fine sediments to pass through and coarser sediment to be trapped within.

  • Weirs
    Figure 2. Example weir simulation velocity pattern for the Bonnet Carre Spillway, MS.
Weirs are a common coastal engineering structure used to control flow and can affect sediment transport. They are typically used in weir jetties or in wetlands to control discharges, provide flood control, act as salinity barriers and optimally distribute freshwater to manage salinity regimes and sedimentation rates and deposition patterns.

  • Culverts
    Figure 3. Example culvert simulation at White Ditch, MS
Culverts are a common coastal structure used to increase flushing improve water quality and also provide passage for fish and other aquatic animals to coastal lagoons and bays.

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