Estimating Sediment Conveyance Capacity and Deposition Potential in Culverts

by Dennis L. Richards, (M.ASCE),
Michael E. Zeller, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


In watersheds characterized by high sediment production, culverts must be designed to adequately convey both water and sediment without causing excessive backwater upstream of the culvert or excessive sedimentation within the culvert barrel. This paper presents methods for estimating sediment conveyance capacity and deposition potential in culverts. A design example demonstrating the application of the methods is also presented.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Culverts | Sediment transport | Backwater | Rivers and streams | Watersheds

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