Bridge Link roadway overtopping can be represented as a Broad-crested weir with the following coefficient attributes based on the FHWA Design Manual.
Figure 1: Roadway overtopping
Roadway overtopping will begin when the headwater rises to the elevation of the roadway (Figure 1). The overtopping will usually occur at the low point of a sag vertical curve on the roadway. The flow will be similar to flow over a broad crested weir. Flow coefficients for flow overtopping roadway embankments are found in HDS No. 1, Hydraulics of Bridge Waterways, as well as in documentation of HY-7, the Bridge Waterways Analysis Model. Curves from the Bridge Waterways Analysis Model reference are shown in Figure 2 below. Figure 2-A is for deep ovetopping, Figure 2-B is for shallow overtopping, and Figure 2-C is a correction factor for downstream submergence. The equation below defines the flow across the roadway.
Q0 = the overtopping flow rate in m3/s (ft3/s)
Cd = the overtopping discharge coefficient (for use in SI units, see note below)
L = the length of the roadway crest, in m or ft
HWr = the upstream depth, measured from the roadway crest to the water surface upstream of the weir drawdown, in m or ft.
Cd is determined from Figure 2, and other English unit research must be corrected by a factor of 0.552 [Cd (SI) = 0.552 (Cd English)]
Figure 2 - English Discharge Coefficients for Roadway Overtopping
Other Bridge Link Data is discussed on the Bridge Link Help topic section.
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