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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 240858, 10 pages
Research Article

Determination of the Sediment Carrying Capacity Based on Perturbed Theory

1Key Laboratory of Hydraulic and Waterway Engineering of the Ministry of Education and National Engineering Research Center for Inland Waterway Regulation, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400074, China
2Southwestern Research Institute of Water Transportation Engineering, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400016, China
3Chongqing Education University, Chongqing 400067, China

Received 9 February 2014; Revised 3 June 2014; Accepted 17 June 2014; Published 17 July 2014

Academic Editor: Pradeep Lancy Menezes

Copyright © 2014 Zhi-hui Ni et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


According to the previous studies of sediment carrying capacity, a new method of sediment carrying capacity on perturbed theory was proposed. By taking into account the average water depth, average flow velocity, settling velocity, and other influencing factors and introducing the median grain size as one main influencing factor in deriving the new formula, we established a new sediment carrying capacity formula. The coefficients were determined by the principle of dimensional analysis, multiple linear regression method, and the least square method. After that, the new formula was verified through measuring data of natural rivers and flume tests and comparing the verified results calculated by Cao Formula, Zhang Formula, Li Formula, Engelung-Hansen Formula, Ackers-White Formula, and Yang Formula. According to the compared results, it can be seen that the new method is of high accuracy. It could be a useful reference for the determination of sediment carrying capacity.