Generic Free-Flow Rating for Cutthroat Flumes
Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software was used to generate water depth and discharge data for 51 Cutthroat flume sizes, including all 24 standard sizes published by the flume’s developer and 27 intermediate sizes. The hydraulic model was validated by using data from several sources, including physical model testing for 15 standard sizes and three intermediate sizes. Grid-size independence was also confirmed for a range of computational cell sizes and the calibration results for 15 standard flume sizes were compared with previously published calibration parameters. Through the validated CFD simulations, a full set of calibration and validation data was generated for each of 51 flume sizes, filling the gaps in the experimental data and permitting a full analysis of the performance of the flume. The study resulted in a generic calibration for free-flow conditions for any Cutthroat flume in the dimensional range of the 24 standard sizes and specified dimensional ratios according to the original design criteria. The error in the predicted discharge for all flume sizes is less than 3% of the full-scale discharge.
Jul 2013: Generic Free-Flow Rating for Cutthroat Flumes. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Volume 139, Number 7 (July 2013), pp. 727-735, (Sathaporn Temeepattanapongsa, Gary P. Merkley, *, Barton L. Smith)