Thursday, 31 May 2012

Instrumental design

Couldn't resist this final, final post beore departing with a plot of all instrument positions. Enjoy!

Time table

My last post before heading off to the flume. I thought it be useful to post the provisional time table (note: you can makes images full-size by clicking on them). Please note the word 'provisional' - this is the plan. We might lose some days, and things might have to be moved around a bit. Being flexible is being prepared!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Time's ticking

Not much to report, really. Plymouth have all their kit collated and are slightly worried whether it will all fit in the CPRG van; Martin and Dan have calibrated the pressure sensors; Thijs has finished potting up an extra batch of conductivity concentration probes; Tim P has carried out some maintenance on the bed-level sensors; and I am checking lists. Keep an eye out for the CPRG van - we are almost on our way!

CPRG van on Loe Bar, Cornwall (emu had escaped form farm).

Monday, 28 May 2012

Chalet accommodation

For those who haven't checked out our luxury holiday accommodation on the Akkertien campsite, please check out their website for some photos of the cabins. The small map to the right shows the cabin interior. Note that there are three beds in the second bedroom (one of the beds shown is a bunk bed). I am intending to bring some extra tables so we can sort out some decent office space - after all, we'll be there for 5 weeks so we might as well make ourselves comfortable.

Electro-magnetic current meters

The Delta Flume staff have finished wall mounting the electro-magnetic current meters. Three vertical arrays of current meters at 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 m from the bed have been installed to span the surf zone and a single current meter mounted at 0.25 m from the bed will be used to record 'offshore' current velocities.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Swash rig

The figure below shows the configuration of the main swash rig, to be deployed in the bottom part of the swash zone. The rig includes equipment from Universities of Delaware, New South Wales and Plymouth.

Swash rig to be deployed in the lower part of the swash zone and containing: pressure transducers (PT), electro-magnetic current meters (EMCM), optical backscatterrance sensors (OBS), fibre-optical backscatterrance sensors (FOBS), bed camera (IBC), conductivity concentration probes (CCP), ultrasonic distance measuring devices (UDM) and acoustic Doppler current meters (Vectrino I and II). All instruments will be time-synched using GPS time-server and logged on a bank of laptop computers. 

Monday, 21 May 2012

Beach is finished

After many days of shovelling and digging and shaping and packing, the 4.5-m high and 50-m (above sea level) wide BARDEX II beach has been constructed. Total amount of sand used: 1400 cubic meters. Next phase of the work will be the fixing to the wall of Deltares hydrodynamic equipment, and then ... the arrival of the international research teams on the 4th of June with their equipment.

View of the barrier from the back of the barrier towards the wave paddle, located c. 100 from the crest of the barrier.

Preliminary modelling

The French team (Bruno Castelle and Philippe Bonneton) have been doing some preliminary numerical modelling to give us some idea of what to expect and help us decide where to put our instruments. The animated gifs below show some of the model runs. For more infomation, please ask Bruno or Philippe.

Swash action predicted by Phippe's model.

Overwash conditions predicted by Bruno's model

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Some pictures from the flume during preparation

Here are some photos from the flume during construction of the barrier and installation of Deltares equipment during April and May 2012. Note distinct lack of hard hats!

Piezometers tubes fixed to the flume wall before construction of the barrier. The tubes are slotted for the lower part and pressure sensors will be installed at the bottom of the tube to record the beach groundwater level.
Seaward of the sandy beach, a 20-m wide and 0.5-m layer of sand is placed. In front of this sand layer, a 10-m wide concrete toe with a 1:20 gradient is present. 
At the back of the barrier a 4.5-m high retaining wall is being constructed to separate the  back-barrier from the lagoon. The wall is constructed out of steel beach, but is fully permeable to not enable water to flow through the barrier into the lagoon and vice versa
 After installation of the piezometers and construction of the retaining wall and concrete toe, the 4.5-m high and 50-m wide barrier can be constructed. 

Friday, 18 May 2012

T-shirts have arrived

The 'I love de goot' T-shirts have arrived. They look pretty good - I look forward to cruising the streets of Vollenhove wearing our clobber ...

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Welcome to BARDEX II

In 2008, Dan Buscombe kept people up to date with progress with BARDEX experiment using a blog: People found this quite useful, so I will try and do the same, although I am unlikely to be as entertaining as Dan was.