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Hydraulic Jump

Exercise No. 6

Custodio, John Rey D.

Garcia, James Daniel L.

Geluz, Theriza Camille Y.

Malveda, John Danmil L.

Mendoza, John Andrian V.

Velasco, Leah Mharie A.

Ventura, Ian Carl R.

a laboratory report submitted

in partial fulfillment of the requirements in

ABE 67 U-1L

02 October 2018

In an open-channel flow where the pressure in the water surface is the atmospheric

pressure. Water flow in the open-channel is caused by the gravity of the earth and also

possesses a certain type of energy that is responsible to a phenomenon called the hydraulic

jump or also known as standing waves. This is the phenomenon where the supercritical

flow of the water transforms into more stable flow called the subcritical flow. To understand

these flows, it must be realized that these are caused by the governing principle of specific

energy which includes the static energy head referring to the height of the water flow and

the kinetic energy head created by the speed of the flow.

𝐸= +ℎ

Equation 6.1. Energy Equation of Open Channel Flow

The first term in the equation is the corresponding kinetic energy of the flow while

the second term is the static energy of the flow. A plot between the specific energy and the

height of water given by figure 1 together with the plot of static energy head curve and

kinetic energy head curve describes the relationship between the factors resulting a

hydraulic jump.

Figure 6.1. Specific Energy curve from (Open Channel Hydraulics for Engineers, Chapter 3)

The supercritical flow is found at the height of water lower than the critical flow hc

while the subcritical flow is the height of the water at a depth greater than the critical flow.

Now at a certain specific energy, there can be two values of h one below the critical depth

and one above the critical depth this point is where hydraulic jump occurs. To maintain a

constant specific energy when the static energy heads are different the velocity or the

kinetic energy head must be different as well to account for the increase of the other

factors. Which explains why the subcritical or stable flow has a lower velocity but higher

depth and the supercritical flow has an unstable flow or higher velocity but a lower depth of


Hydraulic jumps are natural phenomenon evident in all open channels even with to

the smallest scale to the large scale ones similar to dams and rivers. That is why having an

understanding regarding this concept can be used to suitably design dams and other man-

made reservoirs and for regulating water level in irrigations.


This exercise aims to demonstrate to the students how to calibrate flow measurement

structures. Specifically, it aims for the students to:

1. propagate a hydraulic jump at different discharge settings;

2. determine the required parameters that describe the behavior of a jump;

3. establish the relationship between the specific energy and the alternate and/ or

sequent depths;

4. generate correspondence between the Froude number and the ratio of the sequent



A. Materials

Figure 6.2. Whiteboard marker

Figure 6.3. Aluminum Meter Stick

Figure 6.4. Weighing Scale

B. Methods

For this exercise, the relationship of sequent depths to the Froude number (Fr) was

observed and calculated by

𝒅𝟏 𝟏
= √𝟏 + 𝟖𝑭𝒓𝟐𝟏 − 1
𝒅𝟐 𝟐

Equation 6.2 Relationship of Froude number with sequent depths

The headloss (hL) due to jump was also calculated by using the equation

(𝒅𝟏 −𝒅𝟐 )𝟐
𝒉𝑳 = 𝟒𝒅𝟏 𝒅𝟐

Equation 6.3. Headloss Formula

A hydraulic jump was created for four discharge settings, and the upstream depth

was regulated by using the sluice gate. The super critical depth, denoted by d1, and the

subcritical depth, d2, were measured during the experiment. The depth do of the upstream

sluice gate was also measured. The location where depths were measured was marked with

a whiteboard marker. The volume and time of discharge was also measured, by using the

gravimetric method, for approximating the flowrate for the four discharge settings. Three

trials were performed for every discharge of the set-up.


Based from figures 6.5-6.8, hydraulic jump occurs when the Froude number of
the first section is greater than 1 or the discharge of water exhibits supercritical flow
while the Froude number of second section is less than 1 meaning that the discharge
is a subcritical flow (Lind, McCallum, & M-Yaqoob, 2006). When observing with
respect the critical depth, hydraulic jump happens when the initial depth is below
the critical depth of the water while the final depth is above the said critical depth of
flow. Hydraulic jump happens at underflow structures with the use of sluice gates
having high magnitude of velocities on every discharge. The said event will never
occur from subcritical to supercritical flow for the jump occurs when a liquid with
high velocity meets a zone with low velocity creating a standing wave hence the
hydraulic jump.

Figure 6.5. Illustration of Hydraulic Jump of Setting 1

Figure 6.6. Illustration of Hydraulic Jump of Setting 2

Figure 6.7. Illustration of Hydraulic Jump of Setting 3

Figure 6.8. Illustration of Hydraulic Jump of Setting 4

Table 6.1. Behavior of Hydraulic Jumps on Every Settings based on Froude

DISCHARGE (L/S) Fr1 Fr2 H Jump

SETTING 19.04901 1.451081 0.328714 Yes

16.09934 1.022029 0.437273 Yes

12.09628 2.124227 0.370066 Yes

SETTING 10.71713 1.727398 0.338691 Yes

Based from Table 6.1, hydraulic jump occurred in every setting. From the
highest up to the lowest discharge of flow used, the Froude numbers of the first
elevation generated values larger than 1 and are all exhibited supercritical flow while
those in the second elevation generated values lower than 1 and are all in subcritical
flow. When looking at the critical depths for each setting, the first and second
elevations are below and above the critical depth computed respectively. The
discharges of the flow that went out from the sluice gate had enough values of
velocities to meet the zone with lower velocities creating the said hydraulic jumps.


Specific Energy (m)

0.1 Elevation 1
0.08 Elevation 2

0.06 Linear (Elevation 1)

0.04 Linear (Elevation 2)

0.000 0.020 0.040 0.060 0.080 0.100 0.120
Depth (m)

Figure 6.9. Specific Energy vs Depth

Figure 6.9 shows that in elevation 1, the relationship of the specific energy and
the depth of flow is inversely proportional. On the other hand, the relationship of
specific energy and depth of flow in elevation 2 is directly proportional. This due to
the decreasing discharge for every setting. From specific energy equation, the
decrease in discharge causes the velocities of flow in elevation 1 to decrease that also
leads to the reduction in specific energy. For elevation 2, the increasing depths of flow
causes the specific energy to also increase.


y = 2.8576x + 0.2438

Froude Number 1.5


0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6

Figure 6.10. Froude Number vs d1/d2

Total head loss is composed of the head loss due to elevation and the head loss
due to velocity and pressure. Based from Table 6.2, highest head loss of 0.0285m
occurred at the third setting while the lowest head loss occurred at the second setting.
Head loss through the sluice gate cannot be in anyway detected since it can be
observed from the experiment that the flow is steady. Steady flow causes an
approximately zero velocity thereby making the head loss through the sluice gate

Table 6.2. Head loss per Setting

DISCHARGE (L/S) Head loss (m)

1ST SETTING (highest) 19.04901 0.026654

2ND SETTING 16.09934 0.004195

3RD SETTING 12.09628 0.028459

4TH SETTING (lowest) 10.71713 0.022975

It can be inferred that a flow from supercritical to subcritical can be observed

with higher values of discharge given a constant height of sluice gate elevation.
Higher discharge exhibits greater Froude number and specific energy. Having higher
velocity in the first elevation will create higher standing wave thereby decreasing the
Froude number of the second elevation creating a subcritical flow. In addition, the
Head loss is also directly proportional to specific energy meaning greater specific
energy exhibits greater head loss. In conclusion, high values of discharge, Froude
number, specific energy and head loss will have a high possibility of having a
hydraulic jump.

Hydraulic jump is used to dissipate or destroy the energy of water where it is

not needed otherwise it may cause damage to hydraulic structures (Engineer, 2011).
It is the most commonly used choice of design engineers for energy dissipation below
spillways and outlets. Sixty percent to seventy percent (60-70%) energy dissipation
of the energy in the basin itself can be provided by a properly designed hydraulic
jump, limiting the damage to structures and the streambed. Due to uplift, vibration,
cavitation, and abrasion, stilling basins must be carefully designed to avoid serious
damage even with such efficient energy dissipation (Khatsuria, 2005).

Hydraulic jump occurs when the first section of the flow has a Froude number
greater than 1 and the second section has a Froude number less than 1. This means
that the jump always occurs in between a supercritical flow and a subcritical flow.
These flows can be observed when the flow has high discharge. Moreover, the greater
the specific energy, the higher the Froude number. The specific energy is inversely
proportional to the depth of flow in the first section while it is directly proportional
in the second section after the hydraulic jump. Higher specific energy also exhibits
higher head loss. The Froude number is directly proportional to the ratio of sequent
depths. In conclusion, high values of discharge, Froude number, specific energy, and
head loss gives a higher possibility of hydraulic jump.


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