A model is presented for concentrated sediment transport that is driven by strong, fully developed turbulent shear flows over a mobile bed. Balance equations for the average mass, momentum and energy for the two phases are phrased in terms of concentration–weighted (Favre averaged) velocities. Closures for the correlations between fluctuations in concentration and particle velocities are based on those for collisional grain flow. This is appropriate for particles that are so massive that their fall velocity exceeds the friction velocity of the turbulent fluid flow. Particular attention is given to the slow flow in the region of high concentration above the stationary bed. A failure criterion is introduced to determine the location of the stationary bed. The proposed model is solved numerically with a finite–difference algorithm in both steady and unsteady conditions. The predictions of sediment concentration and velocity are tested against experimental measurements that involve massive particles. The model is further employed to study several global features of sheet flow such as the total sediment transport rate in steady and unsteady conditions.