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Title: Ship navigation simulation study, Brazos Island Harbor 42-foot improvement, Brownsville, Texas
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Galveston District.
Webb, Dennis W.
Daggett, Larry L.
Keywords: Brazos Island Harbor Ship Channel
Deepwater channel
Navigation channel
Channel design
Port of Brownsville
Brownsville, Texas
Ship simulation
Inland navigation
Publisher: Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; HL-91-8.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: A real-time ship simulation investigation of the proposed design for deepening and widening the man-made Brazos Island Harbor Channel, Brownsville, TX, was conducted. The purpose of this study was to determine if the navigation channel could be deepened from 36 to 42 ft without widening the existing channel width of 200 ft or if the channel required widening to 250 or 300 ft as authorized. A numerical model of the existing ship channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the turning basin at the Port of Brownsville was developed. This model was verified by a member of the Brazos-Santiago Pilot's Association. Numerical models of three plans were also developed, one with the existing channel deepened to 42 ft, one with the channel widened to 250 ft and deepened to 42 ft, and the other with the channel widened to 300 ft and deepened to 42 ft. The 250-ft-wide channel had a 100-ft-wide and 15-ft-deep side channel for tow traffic. Tests were run in Brownsville on the US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station portable ship simulator. These tests demonstrated that 250 ft is the optimum width for the Brazos Island Harbor Channel at a depth of 42 ft.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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