Sediment Dynamics Lab

Our research in the sediment dynamics group aims to improve our understanding of the processes that shape the submarine and terrestrial landscapes that comprise continental margins. Many open research questions associated with the morphodynamics of the Earth’s surface and construction of stratigraphy can be studied at reduced scale. Answering some of these questions will be the aim of the research conducted in the sediment dynamics laboratory.


Deepwater Basin

Delta Basin

Recirculating 10 cm Flume

This flume is 0.3 m deep, 2.75 m long, and 0.1 m wide. This flume is used as part of practicals for the laboratory portion of several classes. In particular the flume is used as part of a practical where students can measure sediment transport under various water discharges, observe the formation of different sediment bedforms under various water discharges and measure profiles of velocity in the water column for different water discharge settings. The flume is also be used as part of pilot and full scale research projects.

Particle Anaylsis Lab

A digital image processing particle size and shape analysis system. It is capable of accurately measuring particle distributions for grain size between 100 microns and 2 centimeters.

A a laser diffraction particle size distribution analyzer. It is capable of accurately measuring particle distributions between 0.5 - 150 microns.

Sediment oven & Sample Splitters

Computer Cluster

Tulane University’s sediment dynamics laboratory houses the following computers made available for this study

HP ProLiant ML310 server (Einstein)
2 – Dell Precision T7400 Dual Monitor (Monterey & Bengal)
2 – Dell Precision T3500 Dual Monitor (Var & Corsica)
Dell Precision T3400 (Indus)
Dell Optiplex 360 (Brunei)
HP Compaq DC 5800 Microtower (Zaire)
Dell Dimension 8300 Dual Monitor (Washload)