Algorithms for Automatic Control of Diversion Dams

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by Clark P. Buyalski, US Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution

Abstract: The application of local automatic control for the releases from a diversion dam that has intermittent river inflow is limited. For this case, it is better to install a remote monitoring system and make the releases by manual operation. The diversion dam that has a continuous river inflow can utilize onsite control algorithms for the local automatic regulation of the releases downstream. This paper discusses the typical diversion dam and the two basic operational concepts. The criterion for selecting a remote monitoring-manual operated system versus a local automatic controlled system is included. The general concept of the remote monitoring system and the design of a practical local automatic controller are then discussed and a summary is provided.

Subject Headings: Automation | Algorithms | Inflow | Embankment dams | Water discharge | Water supply systems |

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