A computer model for Water-Surface Profile computations
Entry ID: USGS_WSPRO
Abstract: A computer model for Water-Surface Profile computations (WSPRO) computes
water-surface profiles for subcritical, critical, or supercritical flow as long
as the flow can be reasonably classified as one-dimensional, gradually-varied,
steady flow. WSPRO can be used to analyze: (1) open-channel flow; (2) flow
through bridges; (3) flow through culverts; (4) embankment overflow; and (5)
... multiple-opening (two or more separate bridge and (or) culvert structures)
stream crossings. WSPRO is designated HY-7 in the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) hydraulics computer program series. A primary objective
in developing WSPRO was to provide bridge designers with a highly flexible tool
for analyses of alternative bridge openings and (or) embankment configurations.
However, WSPRO is equally flexible and suitable for analyses of existing stream
crossings. Much of the model's flexibility can be attributed to the data input
scheme which, to a great extent, is designed for unformatted, order-independent
data. Additional flexibility is provided by propagation of constant data and
limited capabilities for synthesizing cross sections. Also, many desirable
features from other models were incorporated into WSPRO. The type and quantity
of output is to a large extent user-specifiable. Thus WSPRO is a very
easy-to-use model, which is generally applicable to water-surface profile
analyses for highway design as well as for problems related to flood plain
mapping, flood insurance studies, and estimating stage-discharge relationships.
[Summary provided by the USGS.]
Davidian, Jacob, 1984, Computation of water-surface profiles in open channels:
U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 3,
chapter A15, 48 p.
Shearman, J.O., 1976, Computer applications for step-backwater and floodway
analysis: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-499, 103 p.
Shearman, J.O., Kirby, W.H., Schneider, V.R., and Flippo, H.N., 1986, Bridge
waterways analysis model; research report: Federal Highway Administration
Report FHWA-RD-86-108, 112 p.
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