Model-Prototype Comparison of the Bay Springs Lock, Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Mississippi

by Richard G. McGee, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


A comprehensive prototype evaluation of the Bay Springs Lock, Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Mississippi, was conducted by the Hydraulics Laboratory, Waterways Experiment Station (WES). The purpose of the prototype tests were to determine the operating characteristics and hydraulic efficiency of the lock as well as evaluate the accuracy of the model-test predictions. This paper compares prototype performance with predictions of both physical and analytical models. An evaluation of the cavitation parameter for submerged reverse tainter valves is also presented.

Subject Headings: Comparative studies | Bays | Locks (waterway) | Model accuracy | Hydraulic models | Valves | Hydrologic models | Water discharge | Mississippi | United States

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