Study of sediment deposition processes and assessment of the change in the W-H characteristics of the madaghis reservoir

Keywords: river, reservoir, solid flow, sediment, reservoir bowl silt, hard flow, sedimentation, accumulation density


The accumulation of sediments in reservoir is always a problem. Over time, these accumulations occupy the volume meant for water management, dramatically reducing the reservoir's effectiveness. The environment of the river basin below the reservoir undergoes significant changes. In this regard, assessing changes in volumetric W-H characteristics, particularly in reservoirs built on high turbidity rivers, is critical. The Mataghis Reservoir on Tartar River was chosen as the object of study. The quantity of accumulated sediments was established by original measurements and was calculated in three hydrologic ways at distinct stages of operation. The actual graphs showing the reservoir's W-H volumetric characteristics were made two decades after commissioning and are still in use. According to the findings, over 70 per cent of the reservoir volume has been filled with sediments over the course of the reservoir's thirty-year operation. A theoretical model of the sediment buildup process in basins has been created. Separate parameters have been created for the deposition of bottom sediments entering the reservoir and suspended particles in the flow. Based on them, the patterns of distribution of accumulated sediments according to the length and height of the reservoir were drawn out. The vertical pulsation velocity and the results of studies for determining the minimum rate of soil particle flow were used. To solve sedimentation problems in operating and newly constructed reservoirs, a methodology for evaluating changes in the amount of collected water and changes in the volume of water control, as well as a theoretical method for projecting their future behavior, can be applied


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Pargev Baljyan, National Polytechnic University of Armenia

Base Laboratory "Hydraulic Engineering"

Arestak Sarukhanyan, National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia

Department of Water Systems, Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower

Eleonora Avanesyan, Shushi University of Technology

Hydraulic Laboratory


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Study of sediment deposition processes and assessment of the change in the W-H characteristics of the madaghis reservoir

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Baljyan, P., Sarukhanyan, A., & Avanesyan, E. (2023). Study of sediment deposition processes and assessment of the change in the W-H characteristics of the madaghis reservoir. EUREKA: Physics and Engineering, (1), 3-12.
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