Tidal Propagation in a Distorted Model

by Jianlu Xu, Univ of California, Berkeley, United States,
Rodney J. Sobey, Univ of California, Berkeley, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: A largely analytical study of tidal flow in the Sacramento/San Joaquin delta system provides the basis of an investigation of physical model distortion on tidal circulation in a complicated network of tidal channels. Dynamic similitude requires that friction be enhanced in a distorted physical model, but the scaling varies with the aspect ratio of the prototype channel. Phasing of the tidal response is identified as the key indicator of a viable model.

Subject Headings: Tides | Hydraulic models | Physical models | Hydrologic models | River flow | Water flow | Model analysis | Friction

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