Analysis Techniques for Houston Ship Channel

by Roy W. Hann, Jr., (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 2, Pg. 171-180

Document Type: Journal Paper


The environmental pollution problems of the Houston Ship Channel are defined and the broad program to provide analytical management tools is presented. Methodology is presented for the evaluation of the tidal mass water movement and for the evaluation of the density current couple which is superimposed on the tidal mass movement. A term Degree of Stratification is defined and its value discussed. The basic philosophy of the steady state model with provisions for stratified analysis is presented and preliminary results are displayed. The field program being carried out by Texas A&M University to provide data for the verification of the presented methods and for more elaborate methods yet to be developed is outlined.

Subject Headings: Density currents | Tides | Management methods | Environmental issues | Pollution | Ships | Water management | Steady states | Texas | United States

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