A Hydraulic Study of Roman Aqueduct and Water Supply

Chanson, Hubert (2001) A Hydraulic Study of Roman Aqueduct and Water Supply. Australian Journal of Water Resources, 5 2: 217-220.

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Author Chanson, Hubert
Title A Hydraulic Study of Roman Aqueduct and Water Supply
Journal name Australian Journal of Water Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1324-1583
Publication date 2001-01-01
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 217
End page 220
Total pages 4
Place of publication Barton, A.C.T.
Publisher Engineers Australia
Subject 290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering
0905 Civil Engineering
Abstract Although some Roman aqueducts were built more than 2,000 years ago, little is known of their hydraulic performances. The study develops a hydraulic analysis of Roman aqueduct operation. It is shown that the existence of steep sections (i.e. bed slope up to 78%) implied the existence of both sub- and super-critical flows associated with hydraulic jumps. Three chute designs were used : smooth invert, stepped cascade and dropshaft cascade. The operation of steep chutes along an aqueduct was associated with some upstream and downstream regulation structures. It is believed that steep sections were design features of Roman aqueducts built under the supervision of experienced engineers.
Keyword Aqueducts
Rome - water supply
Stepped chutes
Aqueducts - History

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