Channel Design Criteria and the Houston Ship Channel

by Paul A. Jensen, Espey, Huston & Associates Inc, Austin, TX, USA,
James M. Kieslich, Espey, Huston & Associates Inc, Austin, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


Channel design literature is reviewed and compared with operational limits currently on the Houston Ship Channel (HSC). It was found that in all aspects of channel design considered (depth, width, bend radius and turning area width), operational margins on the HSC are substantially less than published design criteria. The origin and effect of these operational margins are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Ships | Channel bends | Ports and harbors | Navigation (waterway) | Civil engineering landmarks | Hydraulics | Navigation (geomatic) | Texas | United States

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