Capacity Studies of Gallipolis Locks, Ohio River, West Virginia.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS
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The Gallipolis Locks and Dam are located on the Ohio River at mile 279.2 and include a 600- by 110-ft main chamber and a 360- by 110-ft auxiliary chamber. As a result of increasing traffic and tow sizes, these locks have become a serious bottleneck to vessel movement along one of the major arteries of the United States inland waterway system. This report includes the results of an investigation to determine the physical capacity of the existing Gallipolis Locks, considering both operational and minor structural changes that could possibly improve the locking efficiency at these locks. Several alternative operating policies, some requiring structural improvements, were analyzed and compared by employing computerized TOWGENWATSIM towgeneratorwaterway simulator model package. Some proposed improvements were analyzed through the use of hand-computational andor graphical techniques. The prototype data used in the investigation were collected and summarized through the Performance Monitoring System PMS of the Corps of Engineers Inland Navigation Systems Analysis INSA program. The report includes discussions of the data formats required by the model, calibration of the model, and analysis of model output. A number of capacity curves are presented to show the relation between increasing commodity tonnages, tow delays, and lock utilization. Lock capacity levels, in terms of tonnage per month and tonnage per year, are tabulated for convenient comparison of all potential operational and structural improvements.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering