A Computerized Method for the Hydrologic Design of Culverts, February 1974

(1974) A Computerized Method for the Hydrologic Design of Culverts, February 1974. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

Nationwide, about five cents of each highway construction dollar is spent on culverts. In Iowa, average annual construction costs on the interstate, primary, and federal-aid secondary systems are about $120,000,000. Assuming the national figure applies to Iowa, about $6,000,000 are spent on culvert construction annually. For each one percent reduction in overall culvert costs, annual construction costs would be reduced by $60,000. One area of potential cost reduction lies in the sizing of the culvert. Determining the flow area and hydraulic capacity is accomplished in the initial design of the culvert. The normal design sequence is accomplished in two parts. The hydrologic portion consists of the determination of a design discharge in cubic feet per second using one of several available methods. This discharge is then used directly in the hydraulic portion of the design to determine the proper type, size, and shape of culvert to be used, based on various site and design restrictions. More refined hydrologic analyses, including rainfall-runoff analysis, flood hydrograph development, and streamflow routing techniques, are not pursued in the existing design procedure used by most county and state highway engineers.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Hydrologic, Culverts, Computers
Subjects: Transportation > Research
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation
ID Code: 11393
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2011 13:44
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2011 13:44
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/11393

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