Automation of a River Model

by David S. Mueller, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Potamology, Branch, Vicksburg, MS, USA,
David L. Derrick, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Potamology, Branch, Vicksburg, MS, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age

Abstract: The U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) has used physical models to study sedimentation problems since 1931. With the recent advent of new technology, it was realized that these models, once adjusted, could be run using a computer to control the operation. Analyses suggested purchasing a business-oriented microcomputer and add an instrumentation interface to make it a process controller. To further enhance the automated model operation, microcomputers identical to those operating the models combined with digitizers and plotters have been purchased for the project engineers to use in data analysis and model design. This concept has been installed at the Inland Waterways Research Facility at the WES.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Model analysis | Hydraulic models | Data processing | Hydrologic models | Computer software | Automation | Physical models

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