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**Open Channel Flow**

The Manning Equation is the most commonly used equation to
analyze open channel flows. The Manning Equation is utilized in our open channel
design calculations - Design of Circular Culverts, Design of Rectangular Channels, and Design
of Trapezoidal Channels. It is a semi-empirical equation for simulating water
flows in channels and culverts where the water is open to the atmosphere, i.e. not flowing
under pressure, and was first presented in 1889 by Robert Manning. The channel can
be any shape - circular, rectangular, triangular, etc. The units in the Manning
equation appear to be inconsistent; however, the value k has hidden units in it to make
the equation consistent. The Manning Equation was developed for uniform steady state
flow. Uniform means that the channel is prismatic. Prismatic means the
channel has constant dimensions (including depth) along its length. Steady state
means the flowrate, velocity, and everything else are constant with time. In reality
no flow can be uniform and steady. However, for individual channel reaches (e.g. one
mile of a 200 mile river) the assumptions may be fairly well achieved. The Manning
Equation is also used successfully to simulate "gradually varied flow" where the
channel is not prismatic. In this case, S is the slope of the energy grade
line. For prismatic flows, S is the slope of the hydraulic grade line which is the
slope of the water surface and is the same as the slope of the channel bottom.

**Flows Under Pressure (Closed Conduits, Pipes)
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This website has two comprehensive calculations for simulating steady flows under pressure
- Design of Circular Water Pipes and Design of Circular Liquid or Gas Pipes. We also have a water hammer calculation that predicts pressures
during transient conditions due to closing or opening a valve. In addition, we have
calculations for flow measurement using orifices, nozzles, and venturi meters. The
website also has several smaller calculations which solve individual portions of the
energy equation; these smaller calculations are linked in the following paragraph.

The energy equation represents elevation, pressure, and
velocity forms of energy. The energy equation for a fluid moving in a closed conduit
is written between two locations at a distance (length) L apart. Energy losses for
flow through ducts and pipes consist of major losses and minor
losses. Major losses are due to friction between the moving fluid and the
inside walls of the duct. Minor losses are due to fittings such as valves and
elbows. Major losses are computed using either the Darcy-Weisbach
friction loss equation (which utilizes the Moody friction factor)
or the Hazen-Williams friction loss equation. The
Darcy-Weisbach method is generally considered more accurate than the Hazen-Williams
method. Additionally, the Darcy-Weisbach method is valid for any liquid or gas;
Hazen-Williams is only valid for water at ordinary temperatures (40 to 75 ^{o}F).
The Hazen-Williams method is very popular, especially among civil engineers, since its
friction coefficient (C) is not a function of velocity or duct (pipe) diameter.
Hazen-Williams is simpler than Darcy-Weisbach for calculations where you are solving for
flowrate, velocity, or diameter.

**References **
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*For open channel flow:*

Chaudhry, M. H. 1993. Open-Channel Flow. Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Chow, V. T. 1959. Open-Channel Hydraulics. McGraw-Hill, Inc. (the classic text)

French, R. H. 1985. Open-Channel Hydraulics. McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Mays, L. W. editor. 1999. Hydraulic design handbook. McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Munson, B.R., D. F. Young, and T. H. Okiishi. 1998. Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 3ed.

Streeter, V. L., E. B. Wylie, and K. W. Bedford. 1998. WCB/McGraw-Hill. 9ed.

*For closed conduit flow:*

Munson, B.R., D. F. Young, and T. H. Okiishi. 1998. Fundamentals of Fluid
Mechanics. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 3ed.

Gerhart, P. M, R. J. Gross, and J. I. Hochstein. 1992. Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics. Addison-Wesly Pubishing Co. 2ed.

Hwang, N. H. C. and R. J. Houghtalen. 1996. Fundamentals of Hydraulic Engineering Systems. Prentice Hall. 3ed.

Mays, L. W. editor. 1999. Hydraulic design handbook. McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Potter, M. C. and D. C. Wiggert. 1991. Mechanics of Fluids. Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Roberson, J. A., J. J. Cassidy, and M. H. Chaudhry. 1998. Hydraulic Engineering. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2ed.

Roberson, J. A. and C. T. Crowe. 1990. Engineering Fluid Mechanics. Houghton Mifflin Co.

Streeter, V. L., E. B. Wylie, and K. W. Bedford. 1998. WCB/McGraw-Hill. 8ed.

White, F. M. 1979. Fluid Mechanics. McGraw-Hill, Inc.

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