Thermodynamic solutions for equilibrium beach profiles

  title={Thermodynamic solutions for equilibrium beach profiles},
  author={Scott A. Jenkins and Douglas Lamar Inman},
[1] Solutions are developed for beach profiles using equilibrium principles of thermodynamics applied to simple representations of the nearshore fluid dynamics. Equilibrium beaches are posed as isothermal shorezone systems of constant volume that dissipate external work by incident waves into heat given up to the surroundings. By the maximum entropy production formulation of the second law of thermodynamics (the law of entropy increase), the shorezone system achieves equilibrium with profile… CONTINUE READING