Head loss in open channel systems

Head loss is the drop in water level as water flows through a structure or along a channel.

This video uses a scale model to visually demonstrate the effect that different sized structures, incorrectly installed structures and poorly maintained channels can have on head loss and flow rate.

Special thanks to Rice Extension funded by AgriFutures, Murray Local Lands Services and Riverina Local Lands Services for making this video possible.


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