Aimed at engineers with a good grounding in hydraulic engineering, this practical reference fills a need for a guide to the design, construction, management and modernisation of canals. It provides an in-depth study of the problems caused by seepage, an analysis of the various possible linings, the constraints posed by canals constructed without linings, and relevant methods of calculation including the calculation of the various structures in the canal, most notably the gates. Ideal for anyone involved in the construction or renovation of canals, this book presents effective maintenance and conservation methods to optimise good management and efficiency.
Table of Contents
1. Hydraulic Operation of a Canal 2. Water Loss in Canals 3. Study and Definition of The Canal Layout And Earth Movements Works To Be Carried Out 4. Mass Concrete Lining 5. Construction of Concrete Linings 6. Prefabricated Slab and Brick Linings 7. Asphalt Linings for Canals 8. Plastic Membrane Linings 9. Canal Drainage 10. The Cross Section in A Lined Canal 11. Unlined Canals 12. Canals with Special Problems 13. Navigation Canals 14. Watercourse Crossing Works 15. Flow Rate Measurement Works 16. Operation of Fixed-Crest Lateral Spillways 17. Height Loss Works 18. Ditches and Tertiary Canals 19. Canal Regulation 20. Mathematical Models in Canals 21. Canal Rehabilitation and Modernisation 22. Maintenance and Conservation of Canals 23. Canal Safety
Professor José Liria Montañés has recently retired from Santander University, Spain and is currently the Secretary of the Spanish Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. He has extensive professional experience as an international consultant in hydraulic works, especially in the use of canals for irrigations purposes, as well as in hydroelectric installations and drinking water supplies, and has worked on the design, construction and operation of canals for the Hydrographic Confederation of the Guadiana River and as Project and Works Manager for the Isabel II Canal in Madrid