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Title: Channel Transitions

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Channel Transitions
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• Channel transitions occur where there is a change
in width, shape, slope, roughness, bottom
elevation of the channel.
• For changes in slope and roughness we can use
backwater curves to evaluate the effects of the
changes.
• For other types of smooth transitions
(transitions were energy loss is minimal), we can
use energy relationships to evaluate the impact
of the transition.

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EGL
v2/2g
y
yc
Dz
datum
1
2
• If we assume no energy loss through the
transition we can say

which says for a constant total energy E, there
is a specific energy loss between 1-2 of Dz.
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y
yE
y1
y2
Dz
yc
E
E1
E2
Specific Energy Representation of a Transition
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• If the flow must pass through critical depth, the
assumption of no energy loss may not be valid.
• This is especially true when going from
supercritical to subcritical flow.
• A hydraulic jump accompanied by considerable
energy loss occurs.

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Example
Problem 4.27 A concrete rectangular channel goes
through a smooth transition. The flow depth is
originally normal depth. The flow rate is 50
cfs. If there is no energy loss what will be the
depth of flow immediately after the transition?
The channel properties are Upstream Downstream
b 10 ft b 8 ft s 0.05 s 0.05
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Hydraulic Jumps
• Occurs when there is a sudden transition from
supercritical (y lt yc) to subcritical (y gt yc)
flow.
• Examples of where this may occur are
• At the foot of a spillway
• Where a channel slope suddenly turns flat.

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• In analyzing hydraulic jumps we assume there is
conservation of momentum, i.e.

We can algebraically manipulate this to find
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• y1 is known as the initial depth and is lt yc
(supercritical flow).
• y2 is known as the sequent depth and is gt yc
(subcritical flow).
• The energy loss in a hydraulic jump can be found
by

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Example
Problem 4.31 A hydraulic jump occurs in a wide
rectangular channel where the flow is initially
at a depth of 1 ft and a flow velocity of 14 fps.
What is the depth after the jump? What is the
energy loss within the jump?