Canal Automation for Flexibility on Sloping Canals

by Charles M. Burt, California Polytechnic State Univ, United States,
John B. Parrish, III, California Polytechnic State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


This project and tested a method which would allow flexible water deliveries from medium-large canals. The canal gate movement algorithm CARDD (Canal Automation for Rapid Demand Deliveries) was originally conceived with the philosophy that it is impossible for the water delivery agencies to accurately schedule all water deliveries and durations in advance in response to actual crop and farmer needs. It is a technique that does not require the knowledge of detailed hydraulic parameters in order to achieve real-time responsive control. It was developed to provide responsive, automatic downstream control on canals. With the exception of the implementation on the model canal at Cal Poly, it has not yet been physically implemented on any canals.

Subject Headings: Canals | Automation | Slopes | Flow simulation | Algorithms | Water supply systems | Gates (hydraulic) | Hydraulics

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