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Hydraulic Modeling of a Mixed Water Level Control Hydromechanical Gate

Abstract : This article describes the hydraulic behavior of a mixed water level control hydromechanical gate present in several irrigation canals. The automatic gate is termed "mixed" because it can hold either the upstream water level or the downstream water level constant according to the flow conditions. Such a complex behavior is obtained through a series of side tanks linked by orifices and weirs. No energy supply is needed in this regulation process. The mixed flow gate is analyzed and a mathematical model for its function is proposed, assuming the system is at equilibrium. The goal of the modeling was to better understand the mixed gate function and to help adjust their characteristics in the field or in a design process. The proposed model is analyzed and evaluated using real data collected on a canal in the south of France. The results show the ability of the model to reproduce the function of this complex hydromechanical system. The mathematical model is also implemented in software dedicated to hydraulic modeling of irrigation canals, which can be used to design and evaluate management strategies.
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Ludovic Cassan, Jean-Pierre Baume, Gilles Belaud, Xavier Litrico, Pierre-Olivier Malaterre, et al.. Hydraulic Modeling of a Mixed Water Level Control Hydromechanical Gate. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2011, vol. 137, pp. 446-453. ⟨10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000305⟩. ⟨hal-00842380⟩



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