Two Methods to Compute Water Surface Profiles

by Joe M. Lara, (A.M.ASCE), Hydr. Engr.; Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,
Kenneth B. Schroder, (A.M.ASCE), Hydr. Engr.; Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 4, Pg. 79-94

Document Type: Journal Paper


Two methods for computation of water surface profiles used for development of tail water rating curves and backwater profiles; examples of each method are included which show computational procedure; tail water curves are used in design of power plants, pumping plants, and energy dissipators such as stilling basins; use of backwater curve above dam for reservoir land acquisitions and easements, design of new pumping plants, bridges, power plants.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Pumping stations | Hydro power | Curvature | Bridge design | Water surface profiles | Energy methods | Computing in civil engineering

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