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mity coefficient should be done by conducting field experiments in future.

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The proposed iterative step method incorporates the variations along the side weir, of the specific energy due to the bottom and friction slope, of the weir coefficient, and of the velocity distribution coefficient. The results, in comparison with experimental data and with the solutions obtained assuming constant specific energy, are also presented. To improve the solution, the author incorporates the variations along the side weir for different parameters, but for achieving a direct integration of the spatially varied flow equation, these parameters have been assumed constant for the computational weir segments ͑⌬x͒. In this case, the accuracy of the proposed analytical solution is influenced. Considering constant energy along the computational weir segment causes c1 = 0. Thus, this parameter can be omitted in the proposed analytical solution. In such a case, the solution reduced to the solution proposed by De Marchi ͑1934͒. Also since ⌬x 0 the application of Eq. ͑22͒ or Eq. ͑23͒ in the original paper requires a tedious trial and error procedure.

Suitable Governing Equation
For a short weir, the hypothesis of constant specific energy along the side weir is acceptable ͑S f = S0͒. Considering this assumption and assuming ␣ = 1, the nonlinear ordinary differential equation governing spatially varied flow with decreasing discharge takes the form 4CW ͱE − yͱ͑y − p͒3 dy 3W = dx 3 y − 2E

͑1͒

Muslu ͑2001͒ derived the weir coefficient for subcritical flow conditions in the case of ⌬x = 0 CW = 0.611ͱ3͓1 − 0.036ͱ2͑E/y − 1͔͒͑ y /E͒ − 2 ͑2͒

Discussion of “Method of Solution of Nonuniform Flow with the Presence of Rectangular Side Weir” by Maurizio Venutelli
November/December 2008, Vol. 134, No. 6, pp. 840–846.

DOI: 10.1061/͑ASCE͒0733-9437͑2008͒134:6͑840͒

Ali R. Vatankhah1 and M. Bijankhan2
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Asst. Prof., Irrigation and Reclamation Eng. Dept., Univ. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Univ. of Tehran, P.O. Box 4111, Karaj, Iran 31587-77871. E-mail: arvatan@ut.ac.ir 2 M.Sc. Student, Irrigation and Reclamation Eng. Dept., Univ. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Univ. of Tehran, P.O. Box 4111, Karaj, Iran 31587-77871. E-mail: bijankhan@ut.ac.ir

An analytical solution of Eq. ͑1͒ is not possible for variable weir coefficient. In this case, Eq. ͑1͒ can be numerically integrated with the aid of any mathematical software such as MathCad, Maple, or Mathematica. To verify Eq. ͑1͒, it is referred to the experimental observations carried out by Hager ͑1982͒ and mentioned by the author. In current research, specific energy at the control section is considered a constant for numerical integration of Eq. ͑1͒. The computed and measured values are given in Table 1 together with computed values by Muslu ͑2001͒. In comparison with the author’s solution, the numerical integration method gives better results as indicated by the standard error values. Discharges and flow depths calculated in the current study are also shown in Fig. 1. As seen, the predicted values are in good agreement with the measured ones.

Alternative Governing Equation
The discussers would like to thank the author for presenting an iterative step method for solving the spatially varied flow equation with decreasing discharge. The discussers, however, would like to add a few points. Considering ␣ = 1, subcritical depth in a rectangular canal can be determined by the inversion of the specific energy equation as ͑Chanson 1999͒

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It should be noted that considering the term of S f -S0 in the governing equation reduces the accuracy of the predicted values in the case of constant specific energy.70 40.4 0. Also predicted values ͑Table 1͒ show ␣ = 1 is acceptable in the computations.46 31.30 20. w.01 34. Visit http://www.59 24.14926 39.12 37.82 36. ͑3͒.06 38.69 24. ͑8͒ of the original paper weir.44 24.88 19.49.35 32.95 18.72656 19.29 25. Experimental Verification of Simple Numerical Solution ͑E = Cons.0 17.60 rQ = 0.87 35.40 28.70 25.88 36. Assuming constant specific energy along the side JOURNAL OF IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE ENGINEERING © ASCE / NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009 / 813 Downloaded 10 Nov 2010 to 217. ͑3͒ are the same as those by Eq. S0 and S f does not appear in the differential equation.8.46381 Measured Computed by Muslu ͑2001͒ Computed by discussers Measured Rate of flow ͑l/s͒ Computed by Muslu ͑2001͒ Computed by discussers y=E ͩ 1 2 1 27Q2 + cos cos−1 1 − 3 3 3 4gw2E3 ͭ ͫ −3 ͬͮͪ ͑3͒ Using Eq.31 19.49 24.49 25.20 19.36 27.61 18.14 29. As seen.61 20.53 18. ͑4͒ yields dx = f ͑Q.86 34.84 19. and E.0 Run G 0. in such a case. It should be noted that predicted values by Eq.32 25.36 18.60 rQ = 0.18 19.218. w. Redistribution subject to ASCE license or copyright.93 34. In this case.27 25. and ␣ = 1͒ Using Data of Hager ͑1998͒ Depth of flow ͑cm͒ Distance from upstream end of the weir ͑m͒ Run E 0.4 0.92 29.54316 17.43 18.90 19.37 24. y can be calculated by Eq. Substituting Eqs.23 18.7 rQ = 1. S0 and S f can be omitted from the governing equation.2 0.22 34. dx = 2CWͱ2g͑y − p͒3/2 dQ ͑4͒ Conclusion Considering a variable weir coefficient. p. As shown.63 18.97 23.8 1.72 17.40 34.83 25.46135 39. p.15 19.59 20.0 0.98 20.11391 41.20 32.ascelibrary.06462 37.19 19.67 21.61 36.0 0.60 39.36 24.80 32.54 26.30 19.16 19.12 18.86 30.04 28.79 35.27 20.56786 24.52 rQ = 0.12 21.07 38.16994 38.1 33.79 32.6 0.52 rQ = 1. there is not an analytical solution for the governing equation. this nonlinear ordinary differential equation can be numerically solved for Q.52 36.38 31.69 ry = 0. ͑1͒. w and pϭconstant.19920 24.91 20.23 19.48 24. ͑2͒ and ͑3͒ in Eq.54 19.78 20.7 rQ = 1. After determining Q.88 20.46 18.76 25.44634 40. and numerical integration methods can be used for solving the equation.13 26.2 0.69 ry = 0.21 38.0 Run F 0.6 0.50 25.20 37.46 ry = 0.19890 19.0 0.64 19.8 1. For a given problem.28 21.27 18.8 1.88 ry = 0.46 ry = 0.39 29.50 20.06 25.97 28.45 30.55 25.88 ry = 0.02 25.92 25.95 19. the classical hypothesis about constant specific energy is still acceptable for a short side weir and for subcritical flow conditions.49 31.Table 1.org .95 19.4 0.6 0.2 0.88 35. E͒dQ ͑5͒ where f ϭfunction of Q.

8. 127͑4͒.” Teil 1–2. Irrig. 11͑11͒. “Numerical analysis for lateral weir flow. Eng. London.. G. 814 / JOURNAL OF IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE ENGINEERING © ASCE / NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009 Downloaded 10 Nov 2010 to 217. Hydrologie und Glaziologie. Visit http://www. H. 246–253. 1. Elettr.org .218. ͑1982͒.” Energ. ͑2001͒. Muslu. De Marchi. Edward Arnold. Mitteilungen der Versuchsanstalt für Wasserbau. H. The hydraulics of open channel flows: An introduction. 55–56. Depths of flow and discharges computed and observed along the side weir using data of Hager ͑1998͒ References Chanson. W. “Saggio di teoria del funzionamento degli stramazzi laterali. “Die hydraulik von verteilkanälen. Hager. 1st Ed..ascelibrary. ͑1934͒. ͑1999͒. Y.” J. No. Zurich. 849–860 ͑in Italian͒.49. Redistribution subject to ASCE license or copyright.Fig. Drain.. Switzerland.

.. Bromwich. has proposed an method in which the weir coefficient Cw and the velocity distribution coefficient ␣ are assumed constant in the step weir segment ⌬x.8. 02-2. on side weir with a length of 1 m. El-Khashab. as been observed by El-Khashab and Smith ͑1976͒ for subcritical flow the value of ␣. R. “Physical modeling for side-channel weirs.” Water Resour. as a consequence of the nonuniform velocity distribution.-L. ͑2008͒. and Smith. Lee. the validity of constant energy and of the coefficient of velocity distribution equal to 1. However.49. A. May. in accordance with the recent study of Durga Rao and Pillai ͑2008͒ on several test cases. “Study of flow over side weirs under supercritical conditions. K. The results obtained by the discussers confirm. Thomas Telford. The effects of the variations of ␣ along the side weir are examined in details in the works of Lee and Holley ͑2002͒ and May et al. the longitudinal variations of the bottom and energy slope. Hydr. Div. 6. References Durga Rao.. K.1061/͑ASCE͒0733-9437͑2008͒134:6͑840͒ Maurizio Venutelli1 1 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile. No. ͑1976͒. Università di Pisa.. from the numerical integration of the basic ordinary differential equation of the De Marchi’s theory. is evaluated in the paper by Hager’s model for rectangular channel of Eq.unipi. The writer is of an opinion that it is practically impossible incorporate all the parameters in the general integral of Eq. 6 . as it can be verified. and the longitudinal variations of the weir coefficient and of the velocity distribution coefficient continuously and step by step. ͑2003͒.. Therefore. Tex. produce profiles above the De Marchi’s solution and in good agreement with the observed values as shown in Fig. R. In conclusion. E.218..6.org . 1255–1268. At contrary. Austin.ascelibrary. 840–846. But if these hypotheses are not verified.” CRWR Online Rep. for all test cases presented.it The author would like to thank the discussers for their interest in the paper. 131–143. it is important to notice the better results obtained by the discussers with Cw variable. Redistribution subject to ASCE license or copyright. for wholly subcritical and wholly supercritical flow profiles. that for short side weir and for subcritical flow conditions. Center for Research in Water Resources. becomes very high towards the end of the weir. E-mail: m. the values of the differences from the bottom and the energy slope ͑term c1 in the paper͒ are significant. De Marchi’s theory show serious disagreement from the experimental results ͑Hager and Volkart 1986͒. V. For a reasonable accuracy. C. ͑22͒ or ͑23͒ allows to compute. On the other hand. for any weir segment an appropriate value of distribution velocity and weir coefficients are take into account in the proposed model.venutelli@ing. the friction gradient and. Univ. and Holley. Via Gabba 22. 4. R. “Experimental investigations of flow over side weirs. in particular for supercritical flow. ͑15͒. and Pillai. as indicate theoretically by De Marchi ͑1934͒ and experimentally by Gentilini ͑1938͒ and Collinge ͑1957͒. W. and Rickard.. we have a Froude number Fr Ͻ 0. Manage. V. H. the bottom slope So and the energy slope S f are integrated explicitly. DOI: 10. ͑7͒. Visit http://www. This aspects. C. Gasowski. of Texas.. I-56126 PISA. London. K. Under this flow conditions. B. pp. 22. Hydraulic design of side weirs.Closure to “Method of Solution of Nonuniform Flow with the Presence of Rectangular Side Weir” by Maurizio Venutelli November/December 2008. Energy losses. 102͑9͒. S. ͑2003͒. P. ͑2002͒. respectively. as can be see from Fig.” J. Y. 134. H. JOURNAL OF IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE ENGINEERING © ASCE / NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009 / 815 Downloaded 10 Nov 2010 to 217. Vol. the versatility of Eq. C. Moreover. E.