Discharge ratings for tainter gates and roller gates at Lock and Dam No. 7 on the Mississippi River, La Crescent, Minnesota

Water-Resources Investigations Report 95-4089
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
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The water-surface elevations on the Inland Waterway Navigation System of the upper Mississippi River are controlled during normal operating conditions by various flow controls at 29 locks and dams. The headwater (navigation pool) and tailwater elevations at Lock and Dam No. 7 are controlled by the regulation of 11 tainter gates and 5 roller gates. Discharge ratings for these tainter and roller gates were developed for use in computing discharge through Dam No. 7 and to aid in regulating the navigation pool within its normal operating limits of 639.00 ± 0.20 feet (NGVD 1912). Hydraulic-control variables and discharges were measured at the tainter and roller gates and analyzed for this report.

Fifty-two current-meter measurements of discharges that ranged from discharges too low to measure to 12,600 cubic feet per second were made in the forebays of the tainter and roller gates. The measured discharges were used to define flow regimes as a function of static-headwater depth (hi), static-tailwater depth (03), and vertical height of tainter or roller gate opening (hg). Submerged-orifice flow is the predominant flow regime at Lock and Dam No. 7.

Twenty-four discharge measurements were used to develop submerged-orifice discharge coefficient relations for the 11 tainter gates. Twenty discharge measurements were used to develop a submerged-orifice discharge coefficient relation for the five roller gates.

Coefficients of discharge (Cgs) ranged fron 0.126 (hg = 1 foot) to 1.089 (hg = 10 feet) for tainter gates and from 0.050 (hg = 1 foot) to 0.302 (hg = 14 feet) for roller gates. Disch^ge was measured at three different tainter gates with the gates closed (hg = 0) to evaluate tH tainter-gate leakage-discharge relations. No measurable leakage was observed. The resulting equations can be used to compute discharge at Lock and Dam No. 7 for the tainter and re Her gates under normal flow conditions. Discharge rating tables for the tainter and roller gates are given with a headwater elevation of 639.00 feet normal pool elevation for selected tailwate" elevations and gate openings.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Discharge ratings for tainter gates and roller gates at Lock and Dam No. 7 on the Mississippi River, La Crescent, Minnesota
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 95-4089
DOI 10.3133/wri954089
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description iv, 17 p.
Country United States
State Minnesota
City La Cresent
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