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Prof. B.S. Thandaveswara

**Proportional Weirs- Introduction
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The Weirs, in which the discharge is proportional to head, are known as proportional Weirs. By float-regulated dosing devices the flow over a proportional weir can be controlled. Hence are used in irrigation, in hydraulic, sanitary and chemical engineering Industry. For a prescribed shape of weir, the discharge can be determined, e.g. in the case of a rectangular notch it is proportional to h 3/ 2 , and in the case of a triangular (V-notch) the discharge is proportional to h 5/ 2 , etc., where h is the head over weir. The inverse problem is for a known head-discharge relationship finding the shape of a weir constitutes the design of proportional weirs.

**Linear Proportional Weir
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The linear proportional weir, with its linear head-discharge characteristic is used as a control for dosing services, as a flow measuring device and as an outlet for grit chambers. The linear proportional Weir was devised by Stout (1897). This is of theoretical interest only as its width at base is infinite. This was modified by Sutro (1908) to develop a practical linear Proportional Weir and is known as the Sutro Weir (Fig Sutro Weir). A designed shape is fitted for the Sutro Weir which has a rectangular base. It is to be noted that for flows above the base of the weir, the discharge is proportional to the head measured above a reference plane located at one third of the depths of the crest of the base weir.

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B. Q = c ⎜ h + s ⎟ 3 ⎠ ⎝ in which c is the constant of proportionality.Linear proportional weir 2 ⎞ ⎛ i. Shape of the Sutro Weirs The Weir has the base of a rectangular weir of width 2W and height s. x and y axis are chosen as shown in figure. The discharge through the upper portion above the origin (known as the complementary weir) is q u = 2Cd 2g ∫ h 0 h − x f (x)dx The total discharge through the weir is Q = q w + q u Indian Institute of Technology Madras . Thandaveswara 2 H =h+ __ s d 3 h H O Datum -1 __ 2 tan x] y=W [1. The Weir is assumed to be symmetrical about the ordinates axis.__ s Y axis s 2 s __ 3 2W Figure. The discharge over the rectangular weir for a depth of flow h above the origin is qw = 4 3/ 2 WCd 2g ⎡( h + s ) − h 3/ 2 ⎤ ⎣ ⎦ 3 in which Cd is the coefficient of discharge.e.Hydraulics Prof.S.

. Substituting this equation in Eq (5) and simplifying.. hence by substituting h=0 in the above equation. B.........⎟ dx 0 2 8 ⎝ ⎠ =C2 ( h )m+( 3 / 2 ) In which C2 is a constant... it reduces to ⎡ 2⎪ ⎧ x1 / 2 x3 / 2 ⎫⎤ x5 / 2 ⎪ f ( x ) = W ⎢1 − ⎨ 1 / 2 − 3 / 2 + 5 / 2 − . Hence f(x) can be assumed as f ( x ) = Y = A1 + A2 x1 / 2 + A3 x3 / 2 + A4 x5 / 2 + ...S.. Thandaveswara It is required that this discharge is to be proportional to the head measured above the reference plane situated at s/3 above the crest of the weir. there is no flow above the base weir... When h=0.⎥ 3 ⎣ 8 16 128 ⎦ In order that Equation (5) is satisfied for all positive values of h it is required to determine the function of f(x) and can be expressed in the form of series of powers of x to determine the coefficients.. This reference plane was arbitrarily chosen by Sutro for mathematical analysis...Hydraulics Prof... C0 = 1 Wks 2 in which K = 2Cd 2g Substituting this value of C0 in Equation (3) and rearranging one gets... A general term f (x) = x m results in ∫0 h h 1 1 ⎛ ⎞ h − x x m dx = ∫ x m ⎜ h1 / 2 − h −1 / 2 x + h −3 / 2 x 2 − ...tan −1 ⎥ s⎦ ⎣ π Indian Institute of Technology Madras ... Thus Q = q w + q u = C0 (h + 0. 1/ 2 ⎛ h + 2s ⎞ − 2 W ⎡(h + s)3 / 2 − h 3 / 2 ⎤ h ∫0 h − x f (x)dx = W s ⎜ ⎟ ⎢ ⎥ ⎦ 3⎠ 3 ⎣ ⎝ 2 2 ⎡2 ⎤ =W ⎢ s3 / 2 + s1/ 2h + h 3 / 2 − (s + h)3 / 2 ⎥ 3 3 ⎣3 ⎦ 2 ⎡ 3 1 3 −5 / 2 4 ⎤ = W ⎢ h 3 / 2 − s −1/ 2h 2 + s −3 / 2 h3 − s h + .⎬⎥ 3s 5s ⎪⎥ ⎢ π⎪ ⎩s ⎭ ⎣ ⎦ ⎡ 2 x⎤ =W ⎢1.67s) for h ≥ 0 Where C0 is the proportionality constant..

0597 to 0.62. Solution: a) s = 150mm W = 300mm C0 = WKs1 / 2 = 30 * 2 * 0. Example: A sutro weir having a base of a rectangular weir of width 60cm and height of 15cm when the depth of flow is 30cm is installed in a channel. Cd ranges between 0. Thandaveswara The discharge for the Sutro Weir is given by 2 ⎞ s⎞ ⎛ ⎛ Q = C0 ⎜ h + s ⎟ = C0 ⎜ H − ⎟ = sH d 3 ⎠ 3⎠ ⎝ ⎝ In which C0 = 1 Wks 2 and (g =9.2 cm3 / s = 159.81). Find the discharge? If the discharge is doubled what would be the head over the weirs? Coefficient of discharge is taken as 0. Quadrant Plate Weir.S.⎟ = 159543. h is the head measured above the rectangular base weir and H is the total head of the flow and H d is the head over the reference plane.619. B.72 H d 319086 = 50cm 6381.72 ⎜ 30. Average coefficient of discharge of the Sutro Weir is 0.62. which has the linear head-discharge relationship. This is easy to fabricate and installed under field conditions.Hydraulics Prof.54 l / s 3⎠ ⎝ b) Q = 319086 cm3 s −1 = 6381.72 H =50+s/3=50+5=55cm Hd = Indian Institute of Technology Madras .62 * 2 * 981 * (15)1/2 =6381.72 cm 2 / s 2 ⎞ s⎞ ⎛ ⎛ Q =C0 ⎜ h + s ⎟ = C0 ⎜ H − ⎟ 3 ⎠ 3⎠ ⎝ ⎝ =C0 H d 15 ⎞ ⎛ Q =6381.

A quadratic weir is a class of proportional weir in which the discharge Q is proportional to the square root of the head h. The proof of this theorem is based on the use of the theorem of Laplace transformation. The solution of integral equations helps in designing the proportional weir. The profile is y = f ( x ) = c0 cd Γ ( m + 1) 2 gπ Γ ⎛ m − 1 ⎞ ⎜ ⎟ 2⎠ ⎝ ( x )m−3 / 2 in which Γ represents gamma function. Complimentary weir is provided over λ . A known base in proportional weir is designed. Thandaveswara General Equation for the Weir Cowgill and Banks have described the curve for the flow over weir given by Q = C0 h m for m ≥ 0.Hydraulics Prof. In other words physically this means that the discharge head relationship for any compound weir cannot have more than one slope at any point.S.5 inevitably leads to a curve which is asymptotic at the base giving rise to an infinite width and is not physically feasible. An attempt to design a weir producing a discharge to h m for m<1. B. Indian Institute of Technology Madras . As discussed earlier Sutro overcame this deficiency by providing a rectangular base. The slope-discharge-continuity theorem states: "In any physically realizable weir having a finite number of finite discontinuities in its geometry. This parameter λ known as the datum constant by the application of slope dischargecontinuity theorem and is to be established for locating the reference plane or datum for any weir. Quadratic Weir-Notch Orifice Haszpra developed a quadratic weir in 1965. The quadratic weir is provided with a base in the form of a rectangular weir of width 2w and depth s over which a designed curve is fitted.5 . A rational explanation for the selection of the datum was enunciated in the theorem of slope discharge continuity by Keshava Murthy. the rate of change of discharge is continuous at all points of discontinuity".

is 2 3/ 2 qw = WK ⎡( h + s ) − h3 / 2 ⎤ ⎣ ⎦ 3 in which k = 2Cd 2 g . 1. The requirements of the slope discharge continuity theorem.Hydraulics Prof. Thandaveswara Y=f(x) h Y axis s W Figure: Quadratic weir with rectangular base The weir is assumed to be sharp-edged and symmetrical over the x-axis. These constant and are to be obtained. They are determined using the two conditions viz. When the flow is h above the base. the discharge through the rectangular weir. Cd is the coefficient of discharge. B. below the y-axis. Continuity of discharge and 2. where is C1 the proportionality constant and is the datum constant.S. The discharge from the complementary weir qc above the origin is given by qc = K ∫ h 0 h − x f ( x ) dx h 2 3/ 2 Total discharge Q = qw + qc = WK ⎡( h + s ) − h3 / 2 ⎤ + K ∫ h − x f ( x ) dx 0 ⎣ ⎦ 3 It is to design a weir in which the discharge is proportional to the square root of the head measured above a reference plane. using Leibnitz's rule for differentiating under integral sign Indian Institute of Technology Madras . In other words the discharge Q = C1 h + λ s .

Thandaveswara One may obtain λ = 1 2 and C1 = WKs 3 3 2 s above the crest of the weir.5% in a V-notch. Abel's 3 The reference plane for this weir is situated at form of integral equation whose solution is ⎡ ⎤ ⎢ 2 ⎥ x 6 x / s ⎥ y = f ( x ) = W ⎢1 − tan −1 − s π ⎛ 3x ⎞ ⎥ ⎢ π ⎜1 + ⎟ ⎥ ⎢ s ⎠⎦ ⎝ ⎣ The weir beyond =2.5% in a rectangular weir and 2. B. Indian Institute of Technology Madras . As the discharge is s proportional to the square root of the head (measured above the reference plane). An average coefficient of discharge for quadratic weir is 0.5 percent as against 1.62.0 x acts as an orifice for all practical purposes.S. this device is also known as notch-orifice. The discharge equation for the quadratic weir is Q = C1 h + s 2 ⎞ ⎛ = C1 ⎜ H − s ⎟ = C1 H d 3 3 ⎠ ⎝ 2 WKs and K=2Cd 2 g 3 Quadratic weirs having nonrectangular lower portions (base weirs) are described by where C1 = Kesavamurthy and Pillai. Hence it is more sensitive then the rectangular weir and V-notch. In a quadratic weir the error involved in the discharge computation for one percent error in head is only 0.Hydraulics Prof. both while acting as a notch as well as an orifice.

048 * 10 m 30 61 122 91 Head 'h' in cm 152 183 213 COMPARISON OF RELATIVE ERRORS Y 0.5 ___ RECTANGULAR WEIR ___ Q h -5 T = 3.0 ___ Q h [ NEW BASELESS WEIR dQ dh = 1.25 1.S.59 mm CREST 45 D/S CHAMFER EDGE CONDITIONS X NEW BASELESS WEIR ( NBW-1 TYPE ) Indian Institute of Technology Madras .75 2.5 ___ Q h PARABOLIC WEIR dQ dh ___ = 2.50 1.50 2.00 0 dQ dh h ___ ___ = 1+ _______________ h Q h (T+h) ln (1+ __ ) T TRIANGULAR WEIR dQ dh ___ = 2. Thandaveswara 2.75 1. B.25 mm THICK PLATE 1.00 1.25 2.Hydraulics Prof.

Hydraulics Prof.92 * 30.62. Also find the depth for a discharge of 250 l/s. Assume Cd to be 0. Determine the flow.92 s⎞ ⎛ Q=C1 ⎜ h + ⎟ = C1 H d 3⎠ ⎝ 2 ⎞ ⎛ ⎛2 ⎞ =C1 ⎜ h − s ⎟ = 28539. Thandaveswara Example: If the depth of the flow is 300mm over a quadratic weir which has a 600mm width of the rectangular base weir and height of 150 mm. B.732 cm Indian Institute of Technology Madras .634 ⎠ H 2 = 61.62 2*981 *15 3 =28539. H d is the head above the reference plane and H is the depth of flow B) When Q=250 /s 2 ⎞ ⎛ ⎜ H1 − 3 s ⎟ Q1 = ⎜ ⎟ Q2 ⎜ H2 − 2 s ⎟ 3 ⎠ ⎝ ⎛ 250 ⎞ H 2 − 15 = ⎜ ⎟ 20 ⎝ 127.⎜ *15 ⎟ 3 ⎠ ⎝ ⎝3 ⎠ Q = 127. Solution: A) s = 150mm W = 300mm 2 C1 = WKs 3 2 = * 30 * 2* 0.634 l/s in which h is the depth of flow above the rectangular base.S.

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