Red River Pilot Channel Design and Development

by C. Fred Pinkard, Jr., US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


This paper presents the design parameters for two pilot channels constructed on the Red River. The factors often associated with the development of pilot channels are identified in an effort to determine their actual impact on the resulting development. Monitor sections of each pilot channel during various stages of development provide a basis to analyze the adequacy of present design methodologies. This analysis includes a special emphasis on verifying the effectiveness of the tractive force ratio in identifying the potential for pilot channel development.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Channel flow | Rivers and streams | Verification | River flow | Water flow | Inland waterways | Parameters (statistics)

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