Hydraulic Design of Stilling Basins and Energy Dissipators


A J. Peterka

Publication Date



design, hydraulic design, engineering, structures, model studies

Report number

No. 25

Publication place

Denver, CO


United States Department of the Interior

Series Title

Engineering Monographs


None supplied. From Preface: This monograph generalizes the design of stilling basins, energy dissipators of several kinds, and associated appurtances. General design rules are presented so that the necessary dimensions for a particular structure may be easily and quickly determined, and the selected values checked by others without the need for exceptional judgment or extensive previous experience. Proper use of the material in this monograph will eliminate the need for hydraulic model tests on many individual structures, particularly the smaller ones. Designs of structures obtained by following the recommendations presented here will be conservative in that they will provide a desirable factor of safety. However, model studies will still prove beneficial to reduce structure sizes further, to account for nonsymmetrical conditions of approach or gateway, or to evaluate other unusual conditions not described herein.

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