Methodology to Determine the Presence of Submerged Hydraulic Jumps at Low-Head Hydraulic Structures
Oversight of low-head hydraulic structures may not occur under formal dam safety programs because dam failure will not cause life loss. However, even when these structures are operating as intended, dangerous currents, hydraulic forces, and other hazardous conditions may exist for someone trapped downstream of the structure because of localized hydraulic conditions.
The purpose of this research proposal is to investigate if known literature can be applied to determine the presence of a submerged hydraulic jump at Reclamation's low-head hydraulic structures. Near-term and long-term mitigation strategies for existing structures can be identified and "safe by design" standards can be created to ensure the new structures are not built that could cause a risk to the public.
Need and Benefit
Methods to determine if low-head hydraulic structures create hydraulic conditions that may impact public safety.
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Bureau of Reclamation Review
The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.
Methodology to Determine the Presence of Submerged Hydraulic Jumps at Low-Head Dams (final, PDF, 814KB)
By Connie Svoboda and Tony Wahl
Report completed on September 30, 2021