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Rational Method

• The Rational Method is one of the simplest and best
known methods routinely applied in urban hydrology.
Peak flows are computed from the simple equation:
• kCiA Q
• where:
• Q - Peak flow
• k - Conversion factor
• C - Runoff coefficient
• i - Rainfall intensity
• A - Area
• This exercise explains how to solve problems using a
digital terrain model and the Rational Method.