Cal Poly Model Canal

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


The Cal Poly Model Canal (located at the Water Delivery Facility, Irrigation Training and Research Center, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA) was built to accommodate the study and promotion of automated downstream control. Canal control was implemented by means of an algorithm called CARDD (Canal Automation for Rapid Demand Deliveries). In the interest of research efficiency, preliminary studies of the Model Canal's hydraulics (in conjunction with CARDD) were done using CARIMA, an unsteady free-surface flow model developed by SOGREAH Consulting Engineers of Grenoble, France. The investigation of CARDD provided valuable experience in that it included both a computer model study and a physical model study of canal hydraulics. Operational aspects of the use of the models, along with a limited comparison of computer model and physical model results, are discussed.

Subject Headings: Physical models | Hydraulic models | Canals | Consulting services | Simulation models | Comparative studies | Flow simulation | Computer models | France | Europe

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