Results and Analysis
The corrugation type, corrugation size, discharge, depth,
diameter and culvert slope were extracted from the [3],
[5], and [7] to compliment the data collected at the HRTF.
This data was then used to calculate the Manning’s n
value for the culvert at that depth and discharge. It was
found that there was a significant increase in Manning’s
n as the depth within the culvert decreased, which can be
seen in Figure 1, where nf is used to denote Manning’s n
for full pipe flow as determined by the Corrugated Steel
Pipe Institute [9].
Figure 1 shows that the largest variation in Manning’s
n occurs at relative depths below 0.5. Therefore a set of
equations were developed, using a least squares regres-
sion for the variation in Manning’s n, which is shown
below as
0.878for 0.5
for 0.5
nhD hD
By dividing the equation into two portions a slightly
better fit was achieved than simply applying a power
regression to the entire relationship, improving the R2
from 0.58 to 0.62. The proportionality plot in Figure 2
shows that Manning’s Equation using a constant value
for n gives good results over the entire range. However,
using a varying Manning’s n slightly increases the corre-
lation between the observed and predicted relative depths
(Figure 3). This is better represented by Figure 4, which
shows the percent difference between the predicted and
observed data. There is significant improvement for rela-
tive depths below 0.2. Figure 5 shows the predicted re-
sults using the equation developed by Manning, 2010.
As seen it does not do a good job of predicting the
flow depth below a relative depth of a 0.2. This led to the
development of a new equation, using the same dimen-
sionless parameters that were developed by Manning [8]
using dimensional analysis. The dimensionless parame-
QgDters S and were then plotted against the rela-
tive depth to determine the exponential relationship be-
tween them. The exponential relationship for Ks/D could
not be determined in a similar fashion since the tests
were not conducted at the same slopes between each re-
port. Therefore the exponential relationship for Ks/D
Figure 1. Normalized Manning’s n versus relative depth for data collected at the HRTF.
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Figure 2. Proportionality plot of predicted vs observed h/D
using a constant Manning’s n.
Figure 3. Proportionality plot of predicted vs observed h/D
using a varying Manning’s n.
Figure 4. Comparison of predicted and measured relative depth for Ma nning’s Equation using a constant and varying n.
Figure 5. Proportionality plot for Manning’s Equation.
and trend multiplier were then optimized to minimize the
total error between predicted and observed relative
depths. The final form of the equation is
0.247 s
 (3)
As seen in Figures 6 and 7, this equation accurately
predicts relative depths below 0.5. However the model
error tends to increase as the relative depth increases past
this threshold. This was determined not to be an issue
Figure 6. Proportionality plot for Equation (3).
since Manning’s Equation is accurate in this region.
5. Conclusions
Results indicate that Manning’s Equation using a
constant n value does a reasonable job of predicting the
uniform depth within CMP culverts over a wide range of
water depths despite the fact that the roughness
coefficient has been shown to increase with decreasing
h/D. At very low water depths (h/D < 0.15) Equation (3)
performs better than Manning’s Equation, and may be a
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Figure 7. Comparison of predicted and measured relative depth for Manning’s Equation and Equation (3).
more accurate means of estimating minimum flow depths
for fish passage at low discharge. At these very shallow
flows the resistance from the corrugations seem to act as
form drag, rather than merely a uniform skin friction.
The difficulty with Equation (3) is that its accuracy has
not been verified over a significant range of corrugation
heights and culvert diameters. The advantage of using
this equation is that a varying roughness coefficient does
not need to be developed. It also has been shown to be
accurate up to the mid-depth of the culvert, which corres-
ponds to the upper depth limit in the Manitoba Stream
Crossing Guidelines for culverts. Some recommended
future works include testing other corrugation sizes at
similar slopes to determine the variation of Manning’s n
for different CMP culvert types. This would also allow
for a better determination of the relative depths reliance
on the relative roughness.
6. Acknowledgements
The authors wish to thank the NSERC, Manitoba Hydro,
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, and the Cor-
rugated Steel Pipe Institute of Canada for their support.
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