Conservation-form equations of unsteady open-channel flow

Journal of Hydraulic Research
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The unsteady open-channel flow equations are typically expressed in a variety of forms due to the imposition of differing assumptions, use of varied dependent variables, and inclusion of different source/sink terms. Questions often arise as to whether a particular equation set is expressed in a form consistent with the conservation-law definition. The concept of conservation form is developed to clarify the meaning mathematically. Six sets of unsteady-flow equations typically used in engineering practice are presented and their conservation properties are identified and discussed. Results of the theoretical development and analysis of the equations are substantiated in a set of numerical experiments conducted using alternate equation forms. Findings of these analytical and numerical efforts demonstrate that the choice of dependent variable is the fundamental factor determining the nature of the conservation properties of any particular equation form.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Conservation-form equations of unsteady open-channel flow
Series title Journal of Hydraulic Research
DOI 10.1080/00221680209499901
Volume 40
Issue 5
Year Published 2002
Language English; French
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Description 12 p.
First page 567
Last page 578
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