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# FLOW ROUTING Introduction Reservoir routing Channel routing Introduction Flow Routing Flow routing is a procedure to determine the

e the time and magnitude of flow (i.e, the flow hydrograph) at a point on a watercourse from known or assumed hydrographs at one or more points upstream (Chow et.al, 1988) If the flow is a flood, the procedure is specifically known as flood routing. In a broad sense, flow routing may be considered as an analysis to trace the flow through a hydrologic system, given the input. Lumped and Distributed Chow et al. (1988) divided the flow routing to the lumped and distributed routing. A lumped system model: the flow is calculated as a function of time alone at a particular location. It is called hydrologic routing. A distributed system model: the flow is calculated as a function of space and time through the system. It is called hydraulic routing. Hydrologic Routing Hydrologic routing methods employ essentially the equation of continuity. Hydraulic methods, on the other hand, employ the continuity equation together with the equation of motion of unsteady flow. Hydrologic routing computes the outflow hydrograph corresponding to a given inflow hydrograph .

The hydrologic analysis of problems such as flood forecasting, flood protection, reservoir design and spillway design invariably include flood routing. Hydrologic routing often called storage routing. Two commonly applied methods: (a) reservoir routing and (b) channel routing In reservoir routing the effect of a flood wave entering a reservoir is studied. Knowing the volume-elevation characteristic of the reservoir and the outflow-elevation relationship for the spillways and other outlet structures in the reservoir, the effect of a flood wave entering the reservoir is studied to predict the variations of reservoir elevation and outflow discharge with time. Reservoir Routing The reservoir routing is essential in: 1) Design of the capacity of spillways and the other reservoir outlet structures 2) Determine the location and sizing of the capacity of reservoirs to meet specific requirements. Channel Routing In the channel routing the change in the shape of hydrograph as it travels down a channel is studied. The method can predict the flood hydrograph at various sections of the channel/river reach by considering a channel reach and an input hydrograph at upstream end. It is useful in flood-forecasting operations and flood-protection works. Hydraulic Routing The flow water through the soil and stream channels of a watershed is a distributed process because the flow rate, velocity, and depth vary in space throughout the watershed. Estimate of the flow rate or water level at important locations in the channel system can be obtained using a distributed flow routing model . This type of model is based on partial differential equations (Saint-Venant equations for one dimensional flow) that allow the flow rate and water level to be

computed as functions of space and time, rather than of time alone as in the lumped models. One dimensional distributed routing methods have been classified as kinematic wave routing, diffusion wave routing, and dynamic wave routing. Kinematic waves govern the flow when the inertial and pressure forces are not important, that is, when the gravitational force of the flow is balanced by the frictional resistance force. It is applicable for the channel slopes are steep and backwater effects are negligible. When pressure forces become important but innertial forces remain unimportant, a diffusion wave model is applicable. Both the kinematic wave model and the diffusion wave model are helpful in describing downstream wave propagation when the channel slope is greater than 0.01 percent and there are no waves propagating upstream due to disturbances such as tides, tributary inflows, or reservoir operations. Kinematic wave routing is a simplified hydraulic routing procedure often used for overland flow, where the momentum equation is replaced with the Manning equation . The dynamic wave routing method is required when both inertial and pressure forces are important, such as in mild sloped rivers, and backwater effects from downstream disturbances are not negligible. Dynamic routing is based on the complete Saint Venant equations representing conservation of mass and momentum for unsteady flow in open channels. This involves the numerical solution of the full Saint-Venant equations. Basic Equations For a hydrologic system, the amount of water stored S may related to the rates of inflow I and outflow Q by the integral equation of continuity:

Where, I = inflow rate, Q = outflow rate, S = storage For a time interval , the continuity equation may be written in terms of average inflow and outflow as:

## If O replaces Q represents the outflow, the equation is,

Referring to figure (inflow and outflow hydrograph), the area between the inflow storage volume. If the average inflow is greater than the average outflow change in storage will be positive. S decreases if is less than . The effect of storage in decreasing the peak flow and broadening the time base of the hydrograph is called attenuation. during , the

Basic Equations

## For computational purposes, the equation is rewritten as follows

Where subcripts 1 and 2 refer to the beginning and end of the computational time inverval . If t is relatively small, the assumption of linear variation in discharge rate is adequate. The routing computations step through time. For each time step, the inflows ( ) and beginning storage ( ) are known. The two unknown are and . Basic Equations Hydrologic routing is based on combining the above equation with a relationship between storage and discharge. The storage-outflow approach is based on the premise that storage (S) is a unique function of outflow (O). It is associated with reservoirs. Muskingum routing was developed specifically for streams and rivers. It relates storage S to a linear function of weighted inflow (I) and outflow (O). Reservoir Routing The basic premise of the storage-outflow method is that outflow is known for any amount of storage. A storage-outflow relationship is combined with the above equation give the approach called modified Puls routing. It is often called level-pool routing when used with a storage-outflow relationship for a reservoir. If reservoir storage is large compared with the ouflow rate, the water surface is nearly horizontal, storage and outflow are uniquely related without considering inflow, and the basic premise of storage-outflow routing is most nearly valid. Routing Algorithm The computational algorithm is rewritten [ ] [ ]

At each timestep, the terms to the right of the equal sign are known, and the [2S/ + O ]term on the left is computed.

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## A relationship between the term on the left side and outflow O [ ]

Procedures for developing the [2S/ t + O] versus O relationship differ between reservoirs and stream reaches. The computational algorithm can also rewritten as [ ] [ ] [ ]

At each timestep, the terms to the left of the equal sign are known, and the [S+ O t/2] term on the right is computed. As the computational algorithm advances to the next time step, [S - O t/2] is determined as [ ] [ ]

## is determined from the graph of [S+O t/2] vs O

Spillway
If an uncontrolled spillway is provided in a reservoir, typically

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The procedure and calculation step From the known storage-elevation and discharge-elevation data, prepare a curve of [2S/ t + O] versus Outflow (O) or [S + O t/2] versus Outflow (O) . Here t is any chosen interval, approximately 20 to 40% of the time of rise of the inflow hydrograph. EXAMPLE 1: RESERVOIR ROUTING 1. A dam has an uncontrolled weir spillway 10 m wide with a crest elevation of 548.0 m and a discharge coefficient of 0.45. 2. The reservoir water surface elevation versus area relationship provided in the table and was developed from a topographic map. The elevation versus discharge relationship is computed using the weir equation. 3. The inflow hydrograph provided in the table is to be routed through reservoir. 4. Use the starting surface elevation in the reservoir is 544.0 m and t is 3,600 seconds.

Example 1: reservoir routing The discharge rate through the spillway is computed from the following equation

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## Hydrologic Channel Routing

In reservoir routing, the storage was a unique function of the outflow discharge S = f(Q) or S = (O). However, in channel routing the storage is a function of both outflow and inflow discharges S = (I, O). The flow in a river during a flood belongs to the category of gradually varied unsteady flow . The water surface in a channel is not flat. It is not only parallel to the channel bottom but also varies with the time . During flood flow, the channel reach can be considered under two categories as prism storage and wedge storage. Prism storage is the volume that would exist if uniform flow occurred at the downstream depth. the prism storage.

The wedge volume formed between the actual water surface profile and the top surface of

## The total storage in the channel reach can be expressed as: [ ( ) ( ) ]

Where K and x are coefficients and m is a constant exponent. It has been found the the value of m varies from 0.6 for rectangular channels to a value of about 1.0 for natural channel.

## Using m = 1.0 reduces to a linear relationship for S in terms of I and Q as:

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And this relationship is known as the Muskingum equation. In this the parameter x is known as weighting factor and takes a value between 0 and 0.5.
When x = 0 , obviously the storage is a function of discharge only and the equation reduces to:

Such a storage is known a linear storage or linear reservoir. When x = 0.5, both the inflow and outflow are equally important in determining the storage. The coefficient K is known as storagetime constant and has the dimensions of time. It is approximately equal to the time of travel of a flood wave through the channel reach.

The outflow peak does not occur at the point of intersection of the inflow and outflow hydrographs.

The increment in storage at any time t and time element t can be calculated. Summation of the various incremental storage values enable one to find the channel storage S vs time relationship.

If an inflow and outflow hydrograph set is available for a given reach, values of S at various time intervals can be determined by the above technique. By choosing a trial value of x, values of S at any time t are plotted against the corresponding [xI + (1 x)Q] values. If the value of x is chosen correctly, a straight-line relationship will result. However, if an incorrect value of x is used, the plotted points will trace a looping curve. By trial and error, a value of x is determined. The inverse slope of this straight-line will give the value of K. Normally for natural channels, the value of x lies between 0 to 0.3. For a given reach, the values of x and K are assumed to be constant.

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For a given channel reach by selecting a routing interval t and using the Muskingum equation, the change in storage is,

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## Example: Muskingum routing

Route the following hydrograph through a river reach for which K = 12 h and x = 0.2. At the start of the inflow flood, the outflow is 10 m/s.

Since K = 12 h and x = 0.2.; 2 x K x X = 4.8 h; t should be such that 12 h > t > 4.8 h. In the present case t = 6 h is selected to suit the given inflow hydrograph ordinate interval.

## For the first time interval 0 to 6 h.

For the next time step, 6 to 12 h, O1 = 10.48 m/s. The procedure is repeated for the entire duration of the inflow hydrograph. The computations are done in a tabular form.

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