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Validation and Improvement of SRH-1D for Dam Removal and Sediment Sluicing Projects

Project ID: 5325
Principal Investigator: Sean Kimbrel
Research Topic: Sediment Management and River Restoration
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014
Keywords: sediment, erosion, numerical model, predictions

Research Question

We propose to address the following two research questions:

1) Can we develop a continuous vertical grain sorting model to better simulate and account for bed material mixing processes rather than using the current user-defined bed material mixing algorithm in SRH-1D and HEC-RAS?

2) Along with the research and development of a continuous vertical grain sorting model, can we develop a continuous time-varying flow resistance model based on grain roughness and form roughness for SRH-1D?

Need and Benefit

Numerical sediment transport models have existed for a few decades that can predict the bed-elevation changes of a river channel or reservoir delta. However, accurate processed-based predictions of the vertical change and change in sediment gradation, is limited.

The development of SRH-1D over the past 15+ years has been key in predictions of sediment-related impacts for a multitude of Reclamation involved projects, which includes dam removal assessments for the Klamath River and Matilija Dam Removal studies. Other studies includes Taiwan Dams, the Rio Grande, and San Joaquin River Restoration Project.

There is no current publically available sediment transport model that has the capability of applying a continuous vertical grain sorting model to simulate continual process of erosion and sedimentation that occurs during dam removal and reservoir sediment management processes. HEC-RAS currently does not have the capability (Brunner, 2008), but future collaboration with HEC is possible if there is the desire to add this model to HEC-RAS.

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Research Products

The following product is proposed to be generated from this work:

If successful, a numerical model applicable to river and reservoir studies with complex sedimentation questions. The model would be of value and available to engineers with numerical modeling experience.

The following documents will be generated from this work:

Documentation in Reclamation venues to get internal feedback including the Western Water and Power bulletin, S&T Highlights, and technical lectures.

A conference proceedings to get feedback from the scientific community.

A journal article documenting the completed work.

This information was last updated on January 30, 2015
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