The flow in open channel flow in steady state is balanced by between the gravity forces and mostly by the friction at the channel bed. As one might expect, the friction factor for open channel flow has similar behaver to to one of the pipe flow with transition from laminar flow to the turbulent at about . Nevertheless, the open channel flow has several respects the cross section are variable, the surface is at almost constant pressure and the gravity force are important.
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The flow of a liquid in a channel can be characterized by the specific energy that is associated with it. This specific energy is comprised of two components: the hydrostatic pressure and the liquid velocity1.
The energy at any point of height in a rectangular channel is
for any point in the cross section (free
specific energy per unit
height of the liquid in the channel
acceleration of gravity
average velocity of the liquid
= 100 true mm
If the velocity of the liquid is increased, the height, , has to change to keep the same flow rate . For a specific flow rate and cross section, there are many combinations of velocity and height. Plotting these points on a diagram, with the -coordinate as the height and the -coordinate as the specific energy, , creates a parabola on a graph. This line is known as the ``specific energy curve''. Several conclusions can be drawn from Figure . First, there is a minimum energy at a specific height known as the ``critical height''. Second, the energy increases with a decrease in the height when the liquid height is below the critical height. In this case, the main contribution to the energy is due to the increase in the velocity. This flow is known as the ``supercritical flow''. Third, when the height is above the critical height, the energy increases again. This flow is known as the ``subcritical flow'', and the energy increase is due to the hydrostatic pressure component.
The minimum point of energy curve happens to be at