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Water Resources Engineering Laboratory Flow Under a Sluice Gate Prepared by Redahegn Sileshi

FLOW UNDER A SLUICE GATE Prepared by Redahegn (Redi) Sileshi February, 2009 1. Outcomes

T2: Select and conduct civil engineering experiments to meet a need, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data. P2: Organize and deliver effective written, verbal, graphical and virtual communications. 2. • • • • 3. Objectives: Observe flow patterns under a sluice gate Determine the relationship between upstream head and flow rate. Determine the discharge coefficient. Analyze and discuss about the results. Theory

Gates are used to regulate the level and flow in open channels and reservoirs. The sluice gate is one of the most common gates. In order to design a sluice gate it is necessary to determine the head-discharge relationship (Q=f(H)), and the pressure distribution over the gate; this lab will be focused only on the head-discharge relationship. Figure 1 shows the diagram of the flow under a sluice gate, assuming that there are no energy losses. Under this assumption, the Total Energy Head (H) is equal in both sides of the gate (upstream and downstream); however, in the real case energy losses are present.

EGL Vo2/2g

H1

V12/2g yo y1 yg

Ho

Flow

Figure 1: Crump weir during modular flow condition

The flow rate under a sluice gate can be calculated by using the Equation 1, in which energy losses and the velocity head are neglected:

Q = C d ⋅ b ⋅ y g 2 g ⋅ yo

where, Q = Flow rate (m3/s) Cd = Discharge coefficient g = Gravity (m/s2) b = Breadth of weir (m). b = 0.076 m (3 in) yg = Height of gate opening above bed (m) yo = Upstream depth of flow (m) y1 = Downstream depth of flow (m) Ho = Total Head upstream of the gate (m). H1 = Total Head downstream of the gate (m). Vo = Mean velocity upstream of the gate (m). V1 = Mean velocity downstream of the gate (m).

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and the downstream depth. Experimental data – Constant upstream depth. and increasing gradually the gate opening (10 gate openings). Hold yo at 120 mm. • V 2 2g Experimental Procedure The sluice gate will be installed in the flume. and y1. Use the following tables as guide to record the experimental data.25 L/s and repeat the procedure. Q. The verniers are zeroed with the bed of the channel. Adjust the gate opening until the upstream depth of water keeps constant at 120 mm. yo. increase the gate opening in increments of 3 mm and repeat the procedure. and start with a flow rate of 0. by adjusting the gate opening height for each different flow rate (7 flow rates).The University of Alabama Department of Civil. increase the flow rate in increments of 0.5 L/s. Then. yo. which has to be leveled. yo Volume (L) Time (sec) Q (L/s) yo (mm) y1 (mm) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Experimental data – Constant Flow rate. The second part consists of holding a constant flow rate. Wait until the water depth stabilizes and then measure yg. Hold the flow rate at 1. Record the accurate flow rate. the gate opening. Construction and Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering Laboratory Flow Under a Sluice Gate Prepared by Redahegn Sileshi Remember that H = y + 4. One vernier is located downstream the weir to measure y1 and the other upstream of the gate to measure yo. Finally. Q Time (sec) Q (L/s) yo (mm) y1 (mm) Run 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 yg (mm) Run 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Volume (L) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 yg (mm) 2 .75 L/s (measure the accurate flow rate). and start with an initial gate opening of 20 mm. The procedure has two (2) parts: • The first part consists of holding a constant upstream depth.

Include in the graph a 45o line. Plot the upstream depth (yo) as a function of the gate opening (yg). Plot H1 as a function of Ho. the (Ho. Water Resources Engineering. Construction and Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering Laboratory Flow Under a Sluice Gate Prepared by Redahegn Sileshi 5. [2] Sutley. 2005. H1) points and a trendline fitted to those points. Which factor has the greatest effect? Compare the values of Ho and H1 and comment on the differences? Describe the flow pattern observed during the experience. Prentice Hall. 2nd edition. Plot the discharge coefficient. An Instruction Manual of Open Channel Hydraulic Experiments for Water Resources Engineering. Cd. Cd. Thesis. constant upstream depth and constant flow rate • • Calculate Ho and H1. as a function of the flow rate (Q).A. 7. 2006. David. for each run. Cd. Content of the report It is required to submit a formal report by next class. Plot the discharge coefficient. The University of Alabama. Analysis and discussion of results References 8. Plot the discharge coefficient. Cd. References used for this guide [1] Chin. Cd. Analysis and discussion of the results [4] Comment on the trend of each plot (the relationship of the plotted variables). Plot the flow rate (Q) as a function of the gate opening (yg). Specify in detail the title of each graph. Calculations For constant upstream depth • • • Calculate the discharge coefficient. 3 . as a function of the gate opening (yg). • 6. For both cases. The report should cover the following: Introduction and objectives Theory Experimental procedure Experimental data Calculations: Explain in detail the procedure and include the Excel tables. for each run.The University of Alabama Department of Civil. as a function of the upstream depth (yo). D. Comment on effects of yo (when Q is constant) and Q (when yo is constant) on the discharge coefficient Cd for flow under the gate. For constant flow rate • • • • Calculate the discharge coefficient.

New York. [4] Armfield. 4 . Larry. Hydraulic Design Handbook. McGraw Hill. The University of Alabama. 1999. 2006-2007. [5] Humberto Avila. Instruction Manual for C4 Multi Purpose Teaching Flume. Construction and Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering Laboratory Flow Under a Sluice Gate Prepared by Redahegn Sileshi [3] Mays. Water Resources Engineering laboratory files for Open Channel Hydraulic Experiments .The University of Alabama Department of Civil.

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