Existing U.S. Standards in Hydraulic Engineering

by J. Rodger Adams, Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The Task Committee on Recommendations for Standards in Hydraulics confined itself to topics that are used in hydraulic computations or design. Thus numerous standards related to size, strength, material properties, compatibility, or tolerance are outside the scope of this paper. Standard methods for laboratory analysis of water and acquisition of water quality samples are also not included. Particularly in engineering design, the documents are guidelines developed by a single organization without the formal procedures required to formulate and approve a true consensus standard. However, both consensus standards and guidelines are discussed in this summary. Subject matter of the documents includes measurements of velocity, rate of flow, flow depth, pressure, and transport of suspended materials and design of various hydraulic structures. Examples of several items from the task committee's annotated list of standards and guidelines in hydraulics are included. This paper discusses only guides and standards related to hydraulics that have been prepared by United States organizations.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic engineering | Hydraulic design | Flow measurement | Standards and codes | Material properties | Water quality | Strength of materials | Water sampling | United States

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