Preliminary Study of Scour in Bottomless Culverts

Many traditional culvert designs develop into fish barriers due to excessive channel degradation. Increased concern for and interest in better facilitating fish migration or passage through culverts have fostered alternative culvert designs. Such culvert designs include "buried-invert" and "bottomless" culverts. The goal of buried-invert and bottomless culvert designs is to minimize discontinuity between the adjacent natural channel reaches by, in most cases, installing a culvert of sufficient size as to span the entire channel width. The large culverts minimize the discontinuities in channel width and flow velocities between the culvert and the adjacent channel reaches. The buried-invert or bottomless culvert geometries also help natural sediment transport processes. Bottomless culvert research, to date, has primarily focused on fish passage; there is a limited understanding of the hydraulic characteristics of bottomless and buried-invert culverts.

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    Utah Water Research Laboratory

    8200 Old Main Hill
    Logan, UT  United States  84322-8200

    Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

    Research, Development and Technology Transfer, 2301 Peger Road
    Fairbanks, AK  United States  99709-5399

    Federal Highway Administration

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    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Crookston, Brian M
    • Tullis, Blake P
  • Publication Date: 2006-12


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 127p

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  • Accession Number: 01044287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-AK-RD-06-05
  • Contract Numbers: T2-02-08 RES-04-004
  • Created Date: Mar 6 2007 9:44PM