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Ongoing Laboratory Activities

Hydraulics Research Program Activities
Functional areaInitiative No.Task Description
Hydrology – Hydrology1Update precipitation frequency estimates for the Northwest and Texas (for the Office of Bridges and Structures (HIBS), the Resource Center (RC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)).
Hydrology – Extreme Events2Investigating the potential impact of extreme events on precipitation frequency estimates (for HIBS, RC, and NOAA).
Hydrology – Extreme Events3Nonstationary precipitation frequency estimates for Oregon and Washington (for HIBS and the Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)).
Hydrology – Extreme Events4Flood frequency estimation for hydrologic design under changing conditions (for HIBS and HEP).
Drainage – Design and Analysis1Modeling of hydroplaning flows for a series of road longitudinal slopes and cross slopes (for HIBS and RC).
Drainage – Design and Analysis2Curb Inlet computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling to update toolbox (for RC).
Culverts – Aquatic Passage1Stream simulation design of culverts for aquatic organism passage (AOPP) (for HIBS, RC, Federal Lands Highway (FLH)).
Culverts – Design and Analysis1Development of CFD models to research and improve inlets/outlets and energy dissipaters (for HIBS and FLH).
Bridge Hydraulics – Design & Analysis13D Flow correction/calibration of the 2-dimensional model of sedimentation and river hydraulics (SRH-2D) (for HIBS, RC, and Every Day Counts (EDC-4)).1
Bridge Hydraulics – Design & Analysis3FEMA floodway analysis and delineation for SRH-2D (for HIBS).
Scour – Scour Countermeasures1Develop and evaluate the effectiveness of scour countermeasures (for the National Hydraulics Team (NHT) Working Group).
Scour – Scour Countermeasures2Rockery wall design guidelines for river environments (for NHT Scour Working Group).
Scour – General1Hydraulic performance of shallow foundations for support of bridge abutments (for NHT Scour Working Group/Geotechnical Research Program).
Scour – General3Revisit abutment scour methodology in Hydraulic Engineering Circular 18 (HEC-18) (for NHT Scour Working Group).
Scour – General4Bridge scour design reliability with load and resistance factor design (LRFD) considerations (for NHT Scour Working Group and AASHTO TC H&H).2
Scour – Hydraulic Loading1Hydraulic loading for simple pier shapes, abutments, horizontal/vertical contractions and complex piers (for NHT Scour Working Group and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
Scour – Soil Erosion ResistanceOverviewSoil erosion resistance analysis levels (for NHT Scour Working Group).
Scour – Soil Erosion Resistance1In situ Scour Testing Device (ISTD) field validation tests (for NHT Scour Working Group).
Scour – Soil Erosion Resistance3Laboratory erosion testing utilizing ex situ scour testing device (ESTD) and lab-ISTD (for NHT Scour Working Group).
Scour – Soil Erosion Resistance5Erosion and geotechnical property correlation testing (for NHT Scour Working Group).
Scour – Stream Stability1Advanced modeling of extreme event impacts on stream stability (for HIBS and HEP).
Scour – Stream Stability2Develop engineered log jams and stream barb design criteria (for Western Federal Lands (WFL)).
Coastal – Extreme Events1Incorporating extreme event impacts into design of highways in the coastal environment (for HIBS and HEP).
1 EDC-4 refers to the fourth round of the Every Day Counts partnership, scheduled for 2017–2018.
2 AASHTO is the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. TC H&H refers to the AASHTO technical committee on Hydrology and Hydraulics.
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2018