Local Scour at Complex Piers

A methodology to predict local scour depth at a complex pier is presented that recognises the relative scouring potentials of the components of complex piers, and the transition of scouring processes occurring for varying pile-cap elevation. Scour depths are predicted over the entire range of possible pile-cap elevations using a combination of existing expressions for scouring respectively at uniform piers, caisson-founded piers, pile groups with debris rafts, and pile groups alone. The validity of the method is confirmed using measurements of local scour at complex piers, and a case study is used to highlight application of the methodology. For design purposes, the method highlights respective pile-cap elevations that maximise (i.e. to be avoided over the pier life) and minimise local scour at complex piers. The method reinforces that where the pile-cap elevation relative to the bed can vary with time at a bridge site, potential local-scour depths need to be assessed over the range of possible pile-cap elevations for the pier.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: World Environmental and Water Resource Congress 2006: Examining the Confluence of Environmental and Water Concerns

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01528490
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784408568
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2013 1:17PM