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Earth Surface Dynamics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 269-281, 2017
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Research article
17 May 2017
Physical theory for near-bed turbulent particle suspension capacity
Joris T. Eggenhuisen et al.


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Suspension of particles in turbulent flows is one of the most widely occurring physical phenomena in nature, yet no theory predicts the sediment transport capacity of the wind, avalanches, pyroclastic flows, rivers, and estuarine or marine currents. We derive such a theory from universal turbulence characteristics and fluid and particle properties alone. It compares favourably with measurements and previous empiric formulations, making it the first process-based theory for particle suspension.
Suspension of particles in turbulent flows is one of the most widely occurring physical...