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Explicit Solution for Critical Depth in Closed Conduits Flowing Partly Full

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Key Laboratory of Agricultural Soil and Water Engineering of Ministry of Education in Arid Areas, Northwest A&F University, Weihui Road, Yangling 712100, China
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State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on the Loess Plateau, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
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Water 2019, 11(10), 2124; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11102124
Received: 7 August 2019 / Revised: 20 September 2019 / Accepted: 30 September 2019 / Published: 13 October 2019
Critical depth is an essential parameter for the design, operation, and maintenance of conduits. Circular, arched, and egg-shaped sections are often used in non-pressure conduits in hydraulic engineering, irrigation, and sewerage works. However, equations governing the critical depth in various sections are complicated implicit transcendental equations. The function model is established for the geometric features of multiple sections using the mathematical transform method and while considering non-dimensional parameters. Then, revised PSO algorithms are implemented in MATLAB, and the right solution’s formula for the critical depths in various non-pressure conduit sections is established through optimization. The error analysis results show that the established formula has broad applicability. The maximum relative errors of the formula for critical depths are less than 0.182%, 0.0629%, and 0.170% in circular, arched, and egg-shaped sections, respectively, which are more accurate than those of existing formulas; the form of the formula proposed in this work is also more compact than that of the existing formulas. The results of this research may be useful in design, operation, and maintenance in conduit engineering. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular sections; arched sections; egg-shaped sections; critical depth; PSO algorithms; computing model circular sections; arched sections; egg-shaped sections; critical depth; PSO algorithms; computing model
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Shang, H.; Xu, S.; Zhang, K.; Zhao, L. Explicit Solution for Critical Depth in Closed Conduits Flowing Partly Full. Water 2019, 11, 2124. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11102124

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Shang H, Xu S, Zhang K, Zhao L. Explicit Solution for Critical Depth in Closed Conduits Flowing Partly Full. Water. 2019; 11(10):2124. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11102124

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Shang, Haixin; Xu, Song; Zhang, Kuandi; Zhao, Luyou. 2019. "Explicit Solution for Critical Depth in Closed Conduits Flowing Partly Full" Water 11, no. 10: 2124. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11102124

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