Sand transport modelling using flexible mesh

This two-day, hands-on course will teach you the fundamentals of sand transport modelling for both pure currents and a combined waves and current regime. You will learn how to set up a sand transport model and simulate the sand transport and morphological changes using a coupled setup with flow and wave models. We shall also discuss when to apply a 3D approach.

The sand transport module in MIKE 21 Flow Model HD FM calculates the sediment transport capacity, the initial rates of bed level changes and the morphological changes for noncohesive sediment (sand) due to currents or combined currents/ waves.

Typical applications include the ability to predict sediment transport and resulting morphological changes along coasts and in estuaries. This will support the investigation and optimisation of coastal and estuarine infrastructure projects.


  • Fundamentals of sand transport modelling
  • Application of MIKE 21 ST FM
  • Setting up wave and flow conditions
  • Specifying sand properties
  • Generating sand transport tables
  • Calculating sediment transport
  • Decoupling, dynamic coupling and morphological changes
  • Using the utility software of MIKE 21/3 Flow Models
  • Factors for when to apply a 3D approach
  • Overview of MIKE 21 Flow Model HD module and MIKE 21 spectral wave module
  • Using the utility software of MIKE 21/3 Flow Models
  • Hands-on exercises


Professionals in hydraulic or engineering and management working with impact assessment in coastal, estuarine and coastal areas.

It is required that participants have a basic knowledge of the flexible mesh modelling complex either through experience or through following the course 'MIKE 21 Flow Model HD FM - 2D hydrodynamic modelling using flexible mesh' prior to the course.