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Investigation of Culvert Hydraulics Related to Juvenile Fish Passage

Description: Culverts often create barriers to the upstream migration of juvenile fish. Fish will not travel upstream under high water velocity conditions. It is hypothesized that low velocity regions exist near culvert boundaries. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine hydraulic characteristics of culverts with different flow conditions. Methods of predicting flow profiles were developed by both Chiu and Mountjoy. Two equations were compared to experimental results. The Mountjoy equation proved to yield better results for velocity profile predictions. An area of flow corresponding to a predetermined allowable velocity can be calculated using the Mountjoy equation. This can then be used in the design of culverts as fish passage guidelines. The following report contains a summary of background information, experimental methodology, the results of experimental tests, and an analysis of both the Chiu and Mountjoy equations.

  • Date Published: January, 1996
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 388.1
  • Last Modified: May 31, 2007
  • Authors: Michael E. Barber, Randall Craig Downs.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 63 p., 4,920 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Alternatives analysis, Culverts, Design engineering, Equations, Fishes, Flow, Forecasting, Guidelines, Hydraulics, Velocity.
  • Keywords: Culvert, velocity profile, fish passage, hydraulics.
  • Related Publications: Investigation of Culvert Hydraulics Related to Juvenile Fish Passage: Final Technical Report, (WA-RD 388.2).


This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008