La Houille Blanche
Number 2-3, Avril 1993
|Page(s)||137 - 142|
|Published online||01 October 2009|
La régulation des canaux d'irrigation
Control of irrigation canals
Société du Canal de Provence Le Tholonet - B.P. 100 - 13603 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1
2 CEMAGREF - B.P. 5095 - 34033 Montpellier Cedex 1
A very static view of irrigation canal network operation has for a long time led to the role of control being underestimated. The efficiencies of canal irrigation networks greatly reflected this view, as did the regularity and distribution of water. The first methods of canal control appeared and were developed in the 40s and 50s. Upstream, downstream, mixed control all date from this period. Even now they are still in the news. Twenty or so years ago, transmission systems and computers first appeared in canal control in France and the United States. They enabled more general and more flexible methods to be developed, such as for instance " Dynamic Regulation ". Finally, a new frontier was crossed with the appearence of user-friendly computer simulations ta assist bath design and operation, such as the SIC program from CEMAGREF.
© Société Hydrotechnique de France, 1993
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