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Prediction models for flow resistance in flexible vegetated channels

Author(s): Nor Azazi Zakaria; Aminuddin Ab Ghani; Muhammad Raza Ul Mustafa; Khamaruzaman Wan Yusof; Muhammad Mujahid Muhammad

Linked Author(s): Nor Azazi Zakaria

Keywords: Vegetation; Flow resistance; Grassed swale; Rainfall; ANN model; GEP model

Abstract: The analysis of flow resistance due to vegetation remains an issue in the hydraulic industry, although it has been systematically studied for several decades, accurate prediction of the resistance is still a challenge. This is because most of the previous studies used synthetic vegetation to model flow–vegetation interactions. This paper presents the applications of the artificial neural network (ANN) and gene expression programming (GEP) as advanced tools, to predict the flow resistance ( n ) of natural vegetation using a grassed swale and laboratory channel, irrespective of the grass height with relative to flow depth. To achieve this, hourly discharges and water depths were measured in the grassed swale for different rainfall events using the electromagnetic current metre. Experiments were performed in the laboratory channel using the same grass, in order to get additional data. From the results obtained regression equation was developed for predicting the flow resistance through the use of dimensional analysis. The regression equation obtained was compared with the established models of ANN and GEP. The results show that ANN and GEP models gave a better prediction of n -values, based on performance indices. However, the GEP model would be preferred as it produced a physical equation that can be used in engineering practice.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2018.1437740

Year: 2018

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