Design Storms for Urban Drainage

UWRRC Design Storm Task Committee

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The characteristics of design storms for urban drainage are reviewed. There are indications that, under certain conditions, design storms produce runoff simulation results which are equivalent to those simulated for actual recorded precipitation. A retrospective look at urban design storms indicates that their concept which was developed in early days of runoff modeling for sewer sizing may have been transposed to more recent design problems where it may not be applicable. It appears from the critical literature survey reported that urban design storms are useful for and best applicable to a certain class of urban drainage design problems. Refs.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Storms | Hydraulic design | Drainage | Runoff | Urban and regional development | Storm sewers

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