Numerical Modeling of Proposed Channel Designs (J. F. Baldwin III), California

by Samuel B. Heltzel, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Ship simulator studies of proposed improvements to navigable waterways are a very important part of any assessment. The John F. Baldwin Channel (JFB) Project (Phase III) is a ship channel improvement proposed for the San Francisco Bay system. This particular project demonstrates the importance of using a versatile technique in project development so suggested changes can be evaluated efficiently and in a cost effective manner. A very comprehensive numerical model study was conducted at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES) to determine the areal impact of the optimized channel on salinities within the channel and objacent shallow water areas on the San Francisco Bay System. In addition, the hydrodynamics (current and water levels) produced by these numerical models were to be utilized in real-time ship simulator runs at Marine Safety International/Computer Aided Operations Research Facility.

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Channels (waterway) | Hydraulic design | Ships | Project management | Waterways | Bays | Mathematical models | California | United States

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