Test Study on Navigation in the First Construction Period of Lize Navigation-Power Junction ()

Kai Chen^{}

Based on the test results of Lize navigation-power junction construction diversion through the normal fix-bed model with the scale of 1:100, the navigation flow condition in each construction diversion period is studied. There are a lot of problems in the first construction diversion period, such as excessive flow velocity, poor flow pattern, low navigation discharge and so on. To solve these problems, the comprehensive engineering measures for improving the navigation flow condition during construction are put forward. Among them, the structure forms of construction diversion cofferdam are optimized. Finally, the highest safe navigation discharge and reasonable navigation route are proposed. The experimental results obtained from the optimization scheme of the first construction diversion period are better than these from the original scheme in terms of flow velocity, flow pattern and so on. The research results may serve as reference for similar engineering.

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Chen, K. (2016) Test Study on Navigation in the First Construction Period of Lize Navigation-Power Junction. *Engineering*, **8**, 332-338. doi: 10.4236/eng.2016.86030.

Received 2 June 2016; accepted 19 June 2016; published 22 June 2016

1. Introduction

In recent years, many scholars have made some studies of the navigation flow condition. According to the construction diversion model test results of Zhuzhou Navigation-power junction, Lun Chao Huang [1] analysed the issue during the construction of river discharge flow and flow conditions, and some measures are put forward to improve the navigation condition of the construction period. Lv Jingyang [2] studied the first stage cofferdam and the second phase of the navigable flow condition of Yilan Navigation-power junction. The results showed that the first stage cofferdam was not only increasing the water level, but changing the flow velocity distribution. Yin Chongqing [3] solved the problem of navigation Long Xikou Navigation-power junction construction period. Based on the arrangement conditions of water level treatment hinge and navigation conditions of the construction reach, through theoretical analysis and model experiment, Chen Ye-Ying [4] proposed the navigation guaranteeing measures which combined waterway dredging, reef explosion for barrier clearance with scientific station dispatch. In addition, there are also many scholars who have conducted the research in this area [5] - [9] .

During the construction diversion period of navigation-power junction, cofferdam and diversion structures will narrow beam reach and reduce section area of water, change the original flow characteristics, thus affecting the river flood capacity and navigation flow condition. In order to ensure the safety of construction and the development of regional economy, it is necessary to ensure that the current condition of the river in the construction period can satisfy the safe navigation of the ship. This paper according to the normal physical model test of Lize navigation-power junction, analyses the existing problems, and puts forward the corresponding improvement measures.

2. Engineering Situation

Lize navigation-power junction is a comprehensive utilization of navigation-power junction, the construction period is long, the construction layout is complicated, and the construction process includes four dry seasons and four flood season. The four phase of the construction diversion period does not carry out the navigation requirements, so this paper mainly studies the navigation flow conditions during the three phase of the construction period. The construction diversion program adopted in this project: During the first dry period, the ship lock and 6.5 hole gate lock will be surrounded in the left, the fluid passed through the right bank and dismantled the starter cofferdam before the flood season. During the first flood period, the ship lock in continue to construction with the cofferdam protection for the whole year, the fluid passed through the right bank and the repaired 4 hole gate locks. During the second dry period, the power plant in the right will be surrounded, the ship lock will be in continue to construction in the left, the fluid passed through the middle bank and 4 hole gate locks. During the second flood period, the ship lock will be used for navigation, and the fluid will pass through foundation pit of the power plant. During the third dry period, the power plant in the right and the rest of 7.5 hole gate locks are surrounded, the fluid passed through 6 hole gate locks. During the third flood period, the power plant will be in continue to construction, the fluid will pass through 12 hole gate locks.

The recommended diversion standard for the construction period of the project: The dry season cofferdam flood standard is 10 years return period from November to April, and the corresponding design flux Q = 2620 m^{3}/s. The flood season cofferdam flood standard is 10 years return period of the whole year, and the corresponding design Q = 20,500 m^{3}/s.

3. Model Design and Verification

3.1. Model Design

In order to meet the requirements of the research content and reduce model scale effect, and make the research problem directly reflect the actual situation of the project construction period, the model is designed according to the gravity similarity criterion, and the normal solid model is adopted. The geometric scale of the normal model is 1:100. The simulation range is from the dam axis above 1.7 km to the dam axis below 1.3 km, and the navigation problems of the river reach in the period of the cofferdam construction are studied. The each scale of the model can be seen in Table 1.

3.2. Model Verification

1) Water surface verification

This paper uses the water level gauge section of the field data to verify the accuracy of the model with the flux Q = 2300 m^{3}/s and Q = 5260 m^{3}/s. And the water level of the model is compared with the measured water level of the prototype. The results are shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2.

According to the water level deviation values from Figure 1 and Figure 2, the abscissa is the number of gauge section; the ordinate is corresponding to the water level. The general bias was maintained within ±0.1 m.

Table 1. The each scale of Lize navigation-power junction.

Figure 1. Water surface verification of the model (Q = 2300 m^{3}/s).

Figure 2. Water surface verification of the model (Q = 5260 m^{3}/s).

The maximum deviation occurred in the No. 3 section of the left bank and the No. 4 section of the right bank, where the measured values were 205.17 m and 208.68 m and the corresponding calculated values are 205.34 m and 205.58 m. The difference between the two was 0.17 m and 0.10 m. It shows that the model of the river channel and the prototype channel basically meet the requirements of similar resistance.

2) Velocity verification

This paper uses the draft water velocity field data to verify the accuracy of the model with the flux Q = 2600 m^{3}/s. And the water velocity of the model is compared with the measured water velocity of the prototype. The results are shown in Figure 3.

As shown in Figure 3, the abscissa represents the distance between each measuring point on each flow section and the left bank. And the vertical coordinate is the corresponding velocity. The value and the distribution of velocity and the position of the maximum and the minimum of the four flow sections CS1-CS4 are all consistent. The difference between the prototype value and the model value is 0.1 m/s, the smallest difference is 0.01 m/s. The results show that the model is consistent with the measured data of the prototype.

4. Navigation Flow Condition of the First Construction Diversion Period

The hydraulic calculation index of the first stage cofferdam construction diversion is shown in Table 2.

The layout of original scheme in the first construction diversion cofferdam period is shown in Figure 4.

CS1 CS2CS3 CS4

Figure 3. The velocity verification of the model (Q = 2600 m^{3}/s).

(b)

Figure 4. The layout of the first construction diversion cofferdam period. (a) The cofferdam layout in dry season. (b) The cofferdam layout in flood season.

In order to know the navigation flow condition of the right channel, the relevant data in engineering reach, such as water level, flow rate and flow pattern, are analyzed deeply. The results are shown in Table 3.

The water retaining cofferdam is arranged in the left bank in the dry season, it reduces the flow area of the reach, and to a certain extent, the original river bed form and flow characteristics of the engineering reach have been changed. From Table 3, When the upstream flow Q = 1260 m^{3}/s, the minimum depth of project reach is 2.77 m, the water ratio dropped to 0.52 per thousand, and the maximum surface velocity is 2.50 m/s. When the flow Q > 1260 m^{3}/s, the maximum surface flow velocity of Engineering reach is generally more than 3 m/s, it is not suitable for navigation.

The dry cofferdam of left bank will be demolished in flood season. When Q = 4300 m^{3}/s, the water ratio dropped to 0.34 per thousand, the maximum flow velocity is 2.46 m/s; When Q = 6750 m^{3}/s, the river water ratio dropped to 0.42 per thousand, the maximum surface velocity is 2.75 m/s. When Q > 6750 m^{3}/s, the maximum surface flow rate is generally more than 3 m/s, the engineering reach cannot meet the requirements of navigation.

The major measures taken in modification scheme are: The two section of the original scheme is connected to one section of the cofferdam in dry season. It reduces the backflow phenomenon produced at the corner of the two section cofferdam. The ends of annual cofferdam of the ship lock are designed as 1/4 elliptic curve, and its elliptic equation is x^{2}/10^{2} + y^{2}/20^{2} = 1. The modified dike head reduces the effect of the flow on the head of the cofferdam and the flow regime is relatively flat. The specific modification scheme layout is shown in Figure 5.

After the modified scheme of the first dry season, when Q ≤ 2620 m^{3}/s, compared with the original plan, the maximum surface flow velocity of the revised plan is decreased. The overall flow pattern is better than the original plan. For example, the changes of velocity between the original scheme and modified scheme when Q = 1260 m^{3}/s is shown in Figure 6, the changes of the maximum gradient is shown in Figure 7.

After the modified scheme of the first flood season, when Q ≤ 6750 m^{3}/s, the navigation flow condition of the engineering reach is better than that of the original scheme. For example, the maximum flow velocity in the engineering reach when Q = 6750 m^{3}/s is shown in Figure 8.

5. Conclusions

1) The model has good similarity with the prototype, which can reflect the flow characteristics of the test section, and meet the requirements of the relevant standards.

Table 2. Hydraulic parameter for the first stage cofferdam construction period.

Table 3. The water surface gradient and the maximum velocity at the first stage.

(a)(b)

Figure 5. The modification scheme layout in the first construction period. (a) The cofferdam layout in dry season. (b) The cofferdam layout in flood season.

Figure 6. The changes of velocity (Q = 1260 m^{3}/s).

Figure 7. The changes of the maximum gradient.

2) Through a comprehensive analysis of the navigation flow condition of Lize navigation-power junction, in view of the river bed of the first construction diversion period is narrow and the velocity changes greatly, the

Figure 8. The changes of velocity between original scheme and modified scheme Q = (6750 m^{3}/s).

navigation section of the construction period should be used as a navigation control section. And one-way traffic should be implemented.

3) The maximum navigation discharge of Lize navigation-power junction in the first construction period is Q = 1260 m^{3}/s in dry season and Q = 6750 m^{3}/s in flood season.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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