by C. J. Posey, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The idea that model testing could be useful in planning for the control of water in rivers and other waterways received little support in this country until John R. Freeman's 'Hydraulic Laboratory Practice' appeared. Hydraulic testing on a large scale was started at the U. S. Waterways Experiment Station at Vicksburg. Following experiments to find whether varying flows in channels of different shape and roughness could be duplicated at small scale, an instrumented model of the Mississippi River system was planned. Unfortunately, computer mania hit the public and the politicians shortly thereafer. If the computer could model three Ohio River floods for a mere 200,000, why complete a model that cost millions and required a staff?

Subject Headings: Computer models | Hydraulic models | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Waterways | Simulation models | Flow simulation | Channel flow | Mississippi River | Ohio River

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