A Combined Physical and Mathematical Modeling Scheme for Kapichira Hydropower Project, Malawi

by K. Sivakumaran,
E. Cole,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


A physical model and a mathematical model were used to study the flow patterns in a reservoir having a complicated bathymetry. The physical model measurements were compared with the predictions of an uncalibrated two dimensional model RMA-2V, for assumed values of Manning's roughness coefficients and dispersion coefficients. The results were similar, indicating the advanta of using numerical models for the design of diversion structures, especially the run-of-the-river type hydro electric schemes.

Subject Headings: Mathematical models | Physical models | Hydrologic models | Mathematics | Hydro power | Project management | Developing countries | Two-dimensional models | Malawi | Africa

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