HEC-RAS for ManagersPresented byRaymond Walton, Ph.D., P.E,.D.WRE, F.ASCE06/04/13With thanks toDr. James L. MartinandFrom ...
HEC-RAS for Managers - LectureBenefits and Learning Outcomes Understand why hydraulic information isimportant Learn basi...
AgendaReview of basic definitions and terminologyProvide answers for the following questions: What is hydraulics? Why do...
Hydraulic Information - It’sImportantNecessary for planning,flood risk reduction,design, environmentalimpact assessment an...
Hydraulic ParametersVelocityDepthShearWidthAreaetc06/04/13
What is Hydraulics? Definition (Webster’s New World Dictionary) Hydraulics (hi-dro’liks), n.pl. “The branch of physics ...
Background – Areas of Hydraulics Pressure flow (e.g., closed conduits) Free surface flow (e.g., rivers andstreams) HEC-...
Background – Hydraulic Parameters Characteristics that define the properties offlowing liquid. For free surface flow, pr...
Background – Types of Flow Steady Flow – At any point, depth andvelocity remains constant with respect totime, such as a ...
Background – Types of Flow06/04/13Unsteady flow – Depth and/or velocitychanges in magnitude or direction withrespect to ti...
Background – Types of FlowUniform Flow At a given instance, depth and velocityremains constant with respect to distanceal...
Background – Types of FlowNon Uniform (varied) Flow Examples: flow in a bend or at expansionsor contractions in the flow ...
Basic Open ChannelFlow ConceptsSteady vs. UnsteadyUniform vs. VariedClassification of Open Channel FlowT1,T2T1T2
Background – Normal Deptha.k.a., Steady Uniform FlowCalculated using Manning’s equationQ = 1.486/n A R2/3S01/2Why is this ...
Background – Critical DepthFlow RegimeFr = ratio of the inertia force over the gravitational forceClassification of Open ...
Background – Critical DepthFlow Regime (Cont.) Wave propagationsWave CelerityClassification of Open Channel FlowgDc =Flo...
Equations for Basic ProfileCalculationsWater surface profiles are computed from one cross section to the nextby solving th...
Background – Critical Depth Specific Energy is the total of the potential and kinematic energygVyE22α+= (5)Specific Energ...
Basic Open ChannelFlow Concepts Critical depth (Yc) is the depth associated with the minimum specificenergy Dependent on...
Background – Types of FlowGradually Varied Flow (GVF) Where changes in cross section take placevery gradually with distan...
Background – Types of FlowRapidly Varied Flow (RVF) Examples: Waterfalls, hydraulic jumps andsteep channels (greater than...
Basic Open ChannelFlow ConceptsGradually Varied vs. Rapidly VariedClassification of Open Channel Flow
Hydraulic ComputerModels: Why do we care?Direct Measurements:hard, expensive,dangerousAnalytical: predictive06/04/13
BackgroundOne, Two and Three Dimensional Flow06/04/13X directionYdirectionZdirection
Background – 1 Dimensional FlowChanges in flow velocity are restricted to onlyone direction (X).Models readily availableWe...
Background – 2 Dimensional FlowChanges in flow velocity are restricted to onlytwo directions (X, Y)Better answers?Great vi...
Two-Dimensional ModelingXDirectionYDirection
Background – 3 Dimensional FlowChanges in flow velocity occur in threedirections (X,Y,Z)Data for calibration?When necessar...
Background – What is a model?A mathematical representation(approximation) of physical processes.Useful for Characterizati...
Background – ModelingWisdom06/04/13“All models are wrong. Some are useful”George E.P. Box, UCL Mathematicianand Statistici...
Background – More ModelingWisdom06/04/13“The model is never wrong. The modeleroften is”Ray Walton, UCL Mathematicianand (p...
What is HEC-RAS?US Army Corps ofEngineers’Hydraulic EngineeringCenterRiver Analysis System06/04/13
The HEC-RAS Modeling System1D River HydraulicsGraphical User InterfaceSteady & Unsteady FlowBridges, Culverts, Dams,weirs,...
History of HEC-RAS DevelopmentIn the beginning, there was HEC-2 and UNET andHEC-6, and ……1D Steady Flow Analysis FY 1992 ...
HEC-RAS is software that allows theuser to perform one dimensionalsteady and unsteady flow riverhydraulics calculations.-...
What is HEC-RAS?Graphical User Interface (GUI) – Allowsefficient input of data and evaluation of outputData Storage and Ma...
What Units Can HEC-RASUse?SI units (meters, seconds, etc.)Units from less-developed countries (e.g.,“U.S. Customary”)06/04...
RAS Project Schematic•Existing•Proposed•Existing 10yr,100yr, & 500yr•10% Increase•Existing•Existing +10% Q•Proposed•Propos...
Geometry Cross Section Spacing Structures Manning’s nFlows Calibration Data06/04/13
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Culverts06/04/13
Weirs or DamsTreated as in-linestructureCan be modeledusing elevation-control or time-controlCan be controlled withscripts...
Gates06/04/13Variety of gate typesCan be modeledusing elevation-control or time-controlCan be controlled withscripts
GIS InterfaceInterface with GIS software for efficientdata input and output display andevaluation - Identify areas of floo...
Hydraulic Design Functions Bridge scour Uniform Flow Stable channeldesign Sediment transportcapacity Sediment ImpactA...
Sediment Transport and Budgets06/04/13
Water Quality (including temperature)06/04/13
GraphicalTabularProfileSection06/04/13
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From NRCS workshop by Reep, 200406/04/13
From NRCS workshop by Reep,200406/04/13
From NRCS workshop by Reep, 200406/04/13
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What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS?1-Dimensional Model Appropriate application ofmodel?Recognize andUndersta...
Know what it can do – HEC-RASCapabilitiesBridge Hydraulics -extensiveCulverts (9 types)Multiple Opening (bridges &culverts...
Water Surface Profile PlotsCross SectionsRating curvesStage and flow hydrographsGeneralized profile plot of anyvariable (I...
What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS?(continued)Input Data Remember: Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO) Need enou...
What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Calibration/Validation What is calibration? When is it “cali...
What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Rigid bed assumption Hydraulic calculations are all made with...
What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Sensitivity of results Conduct a sensitivity analysis/riskass...
What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Any idiot can use itNeed qualified users Qualifications, Trai...
What is so great about HEC-RAS?Public Domain/Free/Widely usedSupported by Corps of EngineersContinuing Improvement 2-D ca...
HEC-RAS - Documentation User’s Manual: provides an introduction and overview ofthe modeling system, installation instruct...
The HEC-RAS software is anengineering tool.Not a replacement for soundengineering.06/04/13
Questions?Questions?06/04/13
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  1. 1. HEC-RAS for ManagersPresented byRaymond Walton, Ph.D., P.E,.D.WRE, F.ASCE06/04/13With thanks toDr. James L. MartinandFrom NRCS workshopby Reep, 2004
  2. 2. HEC-RAS for Managers - LectureBenefits and Learning Outcomes Understand why hydraulic information isimportant Learn basic hydraulic modeling terminology Develop basic understanding of HEC-RASand why it is useful Learn what is needed to use it Become aware of concerns for managers Identify resources available to help you useHEC-RAS Develop an appreciation for British Humour06/04/13
  3. 3. AgendaReview of basic definitions and terminologyProvide answers for the following questions: What is hydraulics? Why do we need models? What is HEC-RAS? What can you do with HEC-RAS? What is needed to use HEC-RAS? What concerns should I have about the use ofHEC-RAS? Where can I go for help with HEC-RAS?06/04/13
  4. 4. Hydraulic Information - It’sImportantNecessary for planning,flood risk reduction,design, environmentalimpact assessment andmitigation, restoration06/04/13 1a-4
  5. 5. Hydraulic ParametersVelocityDepthShearWidthAreaetc06/04/13
  6. 6. What is Hydraulics? Definition (Webster’s New World Dictionary) Hydraulics (hi-dro’liks), n.pl. “The branch of physics having to do with themechanical properties of water and other liquids andthe application of these properties in engineering” The branch of fluid mechanics whichaddresses fluid in motion (a.k.a., fluiddynamics), while hydrostatics addresses fluidat rest.06/04/13
  7. 7. Background – Areas of Hydraulics Pressure flow (e.g., closed conduits) Free surface flow (e.g., rivers andstreams) HEC-RAS is primarily devoted toaddressing free surface flow; however, itdoes have capabilities to consider culvertsand limited abilities to represent closedconduits06/04/13
  8. 8. Background – Hydraulic Parameters Characteristics that define the properties offlowing liquid. For free surface flow, primary parametersinclude: Depth Flow area Velocity06/04/13Hydraulic models calculatethese parameters
  9. 9. Background – Types of Flow Steady Flow – At any point, depth andvelocity remains constant with respect totime, such as a constant discharge in along straight canal.06/04/13
  10. 10. Background – Types of Flow06/04/13Unsteady flow – Depth and/or velocitychanges in magnitude or direction withrespect to time, such as a flood hydrographor a curve in a channel.
  11. 11. Background – Types of FlowUniform Flow At a given instance, depth and velocityremains constant with respect to distancealong a streamline (streamlines must bestraight and velocity is constant, such as ina canal) Slope of the water surface, channel bedand total head line are all the same.06/04/13
  12. 12. Background – Types of FlowNon Uniform (varied) Flow Examples: flow in a bend or at expansionsor contractions in the flow area.06/04/13
  13. 13. Basic Open ChannelFlow ConceptsSteady vs. UnsteadyUniform vs. VariedClassification of Open Channel FlowT1,T2T1T2
  14. 14. Background – Normal Deptha.k.a., Steady Uniform FlowCalculated using Manning’s equationQ = 1.486/n A R2/3S01/2Why is this important?06/04/13
  15. 15. Background – Critical DepthFlow RegimeFr = ratio of the inertia force over the gravitational forceClassification of Open Channel FlowgDVFr =Where:V = VelocityD = Hydraulic Depthg = acceleration of gravity(1)Fr < 1 The flow isSubcriticalFr = 1 The flow is atCritical depthFr > 1 The flow isSupercritical
  16. 16. Background – Critical DepthFlow Regime (Cont.) Wave propagationsWave CelerityClassification of Open Channel FlowgDc =FlowStill WaterSubcritical Critical Supercriticalc > V c = V c < V(2)
  17. 17. Equations for Basic ProfileCalculationsWater surface profiles are computed from one cross section to the nextby solving the Energy equation with an iterative procedure called thestandard step method.The Energy equation is written as follows:ehgVyzgVyz +++=++222111122222ααWhere: y1, y2 = Water depths cross sectionsz1, z2 = Elevation of bed above project datum (e.g., NAVD)V1, V2 = Average velocities (total discharge/total flow area)α1, α2 = Velocity weighting coefficientsg = Gravitational accelerationhe = Energy head loss
  18. 18. Background – Critical Depth Specific Energy is the total of the potential and kinematic energygVyE22α+= (5)Specific EnergyWhere:E = Specific energyy = Flow depthz = Height abovedatumα = Velocity weightingcoefficientsV = Velocityg = Gravitationalacceleration01234567891011121314151617180 5 10 15 20 25Specific Energy (ft)FlowDepth(ft)y2gV2
  19. 19. Basic Open ChannelFlow Concepts Critical depth (Yc) is the depth associated with the minimum specificenergy Dependent on cross section geometry and flow.Specific Energy – Critical Depth01234567891011121314151617180 5 10 15 20 25Specific Energy (ft)WaterSurface(ft)Supercritical FlowSubcritical FlowYcSEminy2gV2
  20. 20. Background – Types of FlowGradually Varied Flow (GVF) Where changes in cross section take placevery gradually with distance along thechannel, acceleration effects are negligible Changes include geometry, obstructionsand balance between resisting forces andforce of gravity tending to accelerate theflow HEC-RAS calculates water surface profilesunder GVF conditions06/04/13
  21. 21. Background – Types of FlowRapidly Varied Flow (RVF) Examples: Waterfalls, hydraulic jumps andsteep channels (greater than 10 percentslope) HEC-RAS can not directly represent RVF06/04/13
  22. 22. Basic Open ChannelFlow ConceptsGradually Varied vs. Rapidly VariedClassification of Open Channel Flow
  23. 23. Hydraulic ComputerModels: Why do we care?Direct Measurements:hard, expensive,dangerousAnalytical: predictive06/04/13
  24. 24. BackgroundOne, Two and Three Dimensional Flow06/04/13X directionYdirectionZdirection
  25. 25. Background – 1 Dimensional FlowChanges in flow velocity are restricted to onlyone direction (X).Models readily availableWell understoodCommonly used06/04/13XDirection
  26. 26. Background – 2 Dimensional FlowChanges in flow velocity are restricted to onlytwo directions (X, Y)Better answers?Great visualization toolAccounts for momentum transferUse in confluences/complex areas06/04/13
  27. 27. Two-Dimensional ModelingXDirectionYDirection
  28. 28. Background – 3 Dimensional FlowChanges in flow velocity occur in threedirections (X,Y,Z)Data for calibration?When necessary?SophisticatedComputer intensive06/04/13
  29. 29. Background – What is a model?A mathematical representation(approximation) of physical processes.Useful for Characterization of existing conditions Evaluation of proposed conditions Estimation/mitigation of potential impacts06/04/13
  30. 30. Background – ModelingWisdom06/04/13“All models are wrong. Some are useful”George E.P. Box, UCL Mathematicianand Statistician (Un. Wisconsin)“Everything should be made as simple aspossible, but not simpler ” Albert Einstein"For every complex problem there isa simple solution, and it is wrong."H.L. Mencken
  31. 31. Background – More ModelingWisdom06/04/13“The model is never wrong. The modeleroften is”Ray Walton, UCL Mathematicianand (part-time) Statistician (Un. Florida)
  32. 32. What is HEC-RAS?US Army Corps ofEngineers’Hydraulic EngineeringCenterRiver Analysis System06/04/13
  33. 33. The HEC-RAS Modeling System1D River HydraulicsGraphical User InterfaceSteady & Unsteady FlowBridges, Culverts, Dams,weirs, levees, gates, etc…Data storage/managementGraphics, Tabular Output &ReportingGeoRas – ArcGISMore coming………06/04/13
  34. 34. History of HEC-RAS DevelopmentIn the beginning, there was HEC-2 and UNET andHEC-6, and ……1D Steady Flow Analysis FY 1992 - 1999 Produced Steady flow versions of HEC-RAS (Beta 1&2,Versions 1.0 - 1.2, 2.0 – 2.2)1D Unsteady Modeling for River Analysis FY 2000 – 2005 Versions 3.0 – 3.1.31D Steady and Unsteady Hydraulics. SedimentTransport and Water Quality Modeling, Version 4.0,March of 2008 Now up to Version 4.1.0 (2010)1D/2D/(3D?) Steady and Unsteady Hydraulics anddynamic groundwater, Version 5.0, stay tuned!!!06/04/13
  35. 35. HEC-RAS is software that allows theuser to perform one dimensionalsteady and unsteady flow riverhydraulics calculations.- Public domain and freely distributedby the Corps of Engineers- Support available from privatevendorsgo to:www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-ras/06/04/13 1-36
  36. 36. What is HEC-RAS?Graphical User Interface (GUI) – Allowsefficient input of data and evaluation of outputData Storage and Management – Providesability to create, store and combine data filescontaining hydrologic, geometric, andhydraulic design data into uniquecombinations06/04/13
  37. 37. What Units Can HEC-RASUse?SI units (meters, seconds, etc.)Units from less-developed countries (e.g.,“U.S. Customary”)06/04/13
  38. 38. RAS Project Schematic•Existing•Proposed•Existing 10yr,100yr, & 500yr•10% Increase•Existing•Existing +10% Q•Proposed•Proposed +10%
  39. 39. Geometry Cross Section Spacing Structures Manning’s nFlows Calibration Data06/04/13
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  47. 47. Culverts06/04/13
  48. 48. Weirs or DamsTreated as in-linestructureCan be modeledusing elevation-control or time-controlCan be controlled withscripts06/04/13
  49. 49. Gates06/04/13Variety of gate typesCan be modeledusing elevation-control or time-controlCan be controlled withscripts
  50. 50. GIS InterfaceInterface with GIS software for efficientdata input and output display andevaluation - Identify areas of floodinundationHEC-GeoRASMore GIS tools06/04/13
  51. 51. Hydraulic Design Functions Bridge scour Uniform Flow Stable channeldesign Sediment transportcapacity Sediment ImpactAssessment(SIAM)06/04/13
  52. 52. Sediment Transport and Budgets06/04/13
  53. 53. Water Quality (including temperature)06/04/13
  54. 54. GraphicalTabularProfileSection06/04/13
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  56. 56. From NRCS workshop by Reep, 200406/04/13
  57. 57. From NRCS workshop by Reep,200406/04/13
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  62. 62. What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS?1-Dimensional Model Appropriate application ofmodel?Recognize andUnderstand Limitations Flow is gradually varied withdistance Dominant flows in x direction Applicable to channel slopesless than 1:10H06/04/13
  63. 63. Know what it can do – HEC-RASCapabilitiesBridge Hydraulics -extensiveCulverts (9 types)Multiple Opening (bridges &culverts)Inline Structures – gates & weirsLat. Structures – gates, levees,weirs, culverts, and rating curvesStorage/ponding areasHydraulic connections betweenstorage areasPump StationsFloating iceLeveesExtensive data import and exportGIS ConnectionsSteady flow profilesUnsteady flow simulationsFEMA floodway encroachmentsSplit flow optimizationSediment Transport Capacityand Bridge ScourDam and Levee BreachingNavigation Dam OperationsChannel ModificationsMixed Flow regimeExtensive Calibration FeaturesGeometric Features: Analysis Features:06/04/13
  64. 64. Water Surface Profile PlotsCross SectionsRating curvesStage and flow hydrographsGeneralized profile plot of anyvariable (I.e velocity)3D view of river systemGraphical Animations250+ output variables at everycross section per profileDetailed output tables for XSand all structuresSummary output tablesUser define outputExtensive Manuals User’s Manual Hydraulic Reference Manual Applications GuideOnline Help SystemExample Data SetsGraphical Output: Tabular Output:Documentation:06/04/13Know what it can do – HEC-RASCapabilities (continued)
  65. 65. What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS?(continued)Input Data Remember: Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO) Need enough to get the job done (spacing) Data can be expensive to collect Look for existing data sources Pay attention to datums LiDAR data can be inaccurate Use model to guide data collection06/04/13
  66. 66. What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Calibration/Validation What is calibration? When is it “calibrated”? What is validation? What if data for calibration/validation areunavailable?06/04/13
  67. 67. What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Rigid bed assumption Hydraulic calculations are all made with arigid bed assumption Hydraulic roughness can change withbedform (dunes, gravel bars, debris) Bedforms can change with sediment inputand temperature (seasonality) Sediment transport / Unstable channels Lateral channel migration not considered06/04/13
  68. 68. What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Sensitivity of results Conduct a sensitivity analysis/riskassessment Look at accuracy of involved input data Topography/geometry Hydrology Hydraulic roughness Structures/Modeling techniques Look at accuracy of output application Mapping accuracy06/04/13
  69. 69. What concerns should Managershave about HEC-RAS? (continued)Any idiot can use itNeed qualified users Qualifications, Training andExperienceProvide QA/QC Appropriate application Input, Output06/04/13
  70. 70. What is so great about HEC-RAS?Public Domain/Free/Widely usedSupported by Corps of EngineersContinuing Improvement 2-D capabilities being developed Expected by end of 2012Graphical AbilitiesGood DocumentationTraining Available06/04/13
  71. 71. HEC-RAS - Documentation User’s Manual: provides an introduction and overview ofthe modeling system, installation instructions, how to getstarted, a simple example, detailed descriptions of each of themajor modeling components, and how to view graphical andtabular output Hydraulic Reference Manual: describes the theoryand data requirements for hydraulic calculations Applications Guide: contains a series of examples thatdemonstrate various aspects of HEC-RAS.06/04/13
  72. 72. The HEC-RAS software is anengineering tool.Not a replacement for soundengineering.06/04/13
  73. 73. Questions?Questions?06/04/13

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