Open Channel Hydraulics Computer Design Software

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Open channel hydraulic computations can be tedious manually considering the channel geometries involved. This work addresses the development of a conceptual model using computer MATLAB software for the design of most commonly used channel sections, with the intention of saving time and cost for the design engineer. Using the Manning’s formula, rectangular, triangular or V-shaped, parabolic, U-shaped and circular sections were considered for lined and unlined, hydraulically efficient channel sections. The software determines the state of the flow (sub-critical, critical and super-critical) and applies the maximum permissible velocity criterion in the design of the channel sections. It displays the graphical representation of the channel section with all design parameters. Compound channel sections were not, however, considered in the software design.
A Thesis submitted to The Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for Degree of Master of Science in Soil and Water Engineering,