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H147
Use of RATIONAL FORMULA for HYDRAULIC ANALYSIS & DESIGN

Lester A. Tinkham, PE, PS

This course provides the basic information needed to understand and use the Rational Formula in hydraulic analysis to calculate peak discharges of storm water and to use the results in the evaluation of alternatives and design of Storm Water Management Facilities.

Chapter One provides an informative overview on the reasons such an analysis is needed and leads the reader through the history of the formula into the derivation of calculation parameters and calculation of peak storm water discharges. Chapter Two discusses the formula’s use in defining and designing various typical features of a storm water management system. It also includes discussions of several management system alternatives such as “Rainwater Harvesting”, “Rain Gardens”, “Bio-swales” and Porous Pavements”.

The information is presented in an easy to read format while giving a comprehensive snapshot of one of the most basic building blocks in modern hydraulic analysis and design of Storm Water Management Facilities.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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