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Study of intake lag in conventional stream gaging stilling wells

January 1, 1994

This study investigated the relation between lag, or head loss (hL), in a typical stilling-well intake system of a stream-gaging station and rate of change of stage (ΔH/Δt) of the stream. The purpose of the study was to define such a relation in general terms and thus provide a rational procedure for intake design. The relation between head loss and rate change of stage was determined by isolating the effects of the various components in the intake system, so that equations could be derived that enable one to compute the head loss in an intake system composed of any combination of these components. In the derivation of the equations steady-state flow conditions were assumed, and the components considered were those most commonly used in Geological Survey gaging stations--static tubes, 3-way steamcock valvles, and side-outlet tees.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1965
Title Study of intake lag in conventional stream gaging stilling wells
DOI 10.3133/ofr65150
Authors Winchell Smith, R.L. Hanson, R. W. Cruff
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 65-150
Index ID ofr65150
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse