Development of Radiometric Methods and Modelling for Measurement of Sediment Transport and Dispersion of Particles and Pollutants from Outfalls

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Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code




Approved Date

12 May 2015


3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

11 April 2016

Expected End Date

10 April 2020

Participating Countries

Republic of Korea
South Africa
Viet Nam


It is well known, even not always well accepted, that there is a real lack of knowledge on the mechanisms of sediment transport. The equations which are the core of the Computed Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models have been developed in the first half of 20th century and are still used on most models with some adaptation using ‘’black box’’ coefficients. For the purpose of acquiring better knowledge on the transport mechanisms,  there is a need for reliable and efficient measurement tools to be used in the field, at real scale, allowing the measurement of data without disturbing the hydrodynamical and physical conditions in the environment. Nuclear techniques are the most useful and efficient ones.The CRP will identify and coordinate the development and improvement of nuclear techniques (radiotracers and nucleonic measurement systems) and the associated methodologies in order to improve their capabilities and the quality of data to be obtained from their use and finally to give to the scientific community the best possible tools to fill the gap of knowledge in the field. Guidelines for the use of the nuclear technologies with a special emphasis on safety and regulatory aspects will be also developed. The CRP will contribute to a larger utilization of nuclear techniques in MSs through the enhanced capabilities and availability of nuclear techniques.


The overall objective of the CRP is to facilitate further advancement and implementation of nuclear technologies in sediment transport studies for coastal engineering and harbour management. Specifically, targets to be addressed will include safety, cost, and availability of nuclear technologies, as well as knowledge transfer with a particular focus on developing Member States.

Specific objectives

To develop/ improve methodologies and technologies for radiotracer experiments in laboratory and in the field

To develop/improve/validate methodologies based on nucleonic measurement systems

To produce reliable experimental data sets on sediment or pollutants transport

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