Assessment of the Cohesive Sediments Fall Velocity in Karkheh Dam Reservoir

Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.Sc. Student, Department of Civil Engineering, Jundi-Shapur University of Technology, Dezful, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Jundi-Shapur University of Technology, Dezful, Iran


In reservoir of dams, especially near the dam body, the cohesive fine sediments are deposited mainly. The mechanical behavior of these sediments is largely controlled by the interparticle attraction caused by electrostatic and physiochemical forces. these properties cause the stickiness and accumulation of clay particles and formation of dense masses called flocs, which is sometimes referred to as flocculation. flocculation is influenced by several factors including salinity, flow regime, sediment concentration and organic matter. Flocculation is the most important factor that makes the settling, fall velocity and transfer of cohesive sediment considerably more complex and dynamic than non-cohesive sediments. In order to determine the relations governing cohesive sediments, the physical characteristics and behavior of these sediments should be identified. The terminal settling velocity of sedimentary particles in liquids, called particle fall velocity, is one of the most important properties in determining the physical properties of sediments caused transfer, deposition and consolidation. The fall velocity of cohesive sediments is influenced by many factors, including salinity, initial particle size, turbulence, temperature of water, and suspended sediment concentration.
McLaughlin (1959) provided a method for measuring the fall velocity of particle (ω) in stillwater, using a settling cylinder with 10 cm diameter and less than 1 meter height and established a differential formula based on its research as follows:

d(wC)/dz+dC/dt=0                                                                                                                                       (1)

Fathi Moghadam et al (2011) studied the settling properties of the cohesive sediments in the Dez Dam reservoir. They concluded that particles for all concentrated samples and in all depths reached to their maximum fall velocity approximately at the same time (15 minutes after starting the test). The lower concentration samples appeared to have higher maximum fall velocities than the higher concentration samples, but for a shorter duration.


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Volume 41, Issue 2
June 2018
Pages 211-224
  • Receive Date: 06 June 2017
  • Revise Date: 11 June 2018
  • Accept Date: 16 October 2017
  • First Publish Date: 22 June 2018