Navigation Model Tests for Straight Reach of Missouri River

by Duane J. Sveum, Hydr. Engr.; Omaha Dist., Corps of Engrs., Omaha, NB,
Warren J. Mellema, Hydr. Engr.; Omaha Dist., Corps of Engrs., Omaha, NB,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 2, Pg. 191-207

Document Type: Journal Paper


The degree of channel confinement and extent of construction needed to develop a stable 9 ft by 300 ft (2.7 m by 91.4 m), navigation channel through the Kansas City Reach of the Missouri River was the object of a model study conducted at the Corps of Engineers Missouri River Division Hydraulic Laboratory. Developing and maintaining a navigation channel throughout a long, flat bend or a straight reach is a continuing problem for the river design engineer. The movable bed model study was conducted to assist the engineer in devising a system of structures that will develop and maintain a suitable navigation channel. Many systems of dikes were tested and a satisfactory solution was found.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic models | Navigation (waterway) | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Channel stabilization | Laboratory tests | Construction management | Urban areas | Missouri River

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