and got a Masters in `53. Our Bachelors was in Civil Engineering; the Masters was in
Mississippi Basin Model at Jackson
then, you worked on the Mississippi Basin Model?
I didn't really work on only that model, although Irene did.
I was in Jackson, and my research studies were there at the Mississippi Basin Model. I did
some basic studies related to the MBM. One of the first research studies was to study the
effects of model distortion on hydraulic elements. Before the Mississippi Basin Model was
constructed, they had what was called the "pilot model" of a reach of the Kanawha River,
which was an exceptionally steep stream. The pilot model was constructed to the same scale
as proposed for the MBM. The question was if it could, with artificial roughness, be made
rough enough to produce historical flood hydrographs. Irene was involved in that, initially.
When we went to Jackson in 1947, construction of the MBM model was just beginning, and
it was at least a year before concrete was poured on the first section.
This is the big model?
So what were your major tasks with WES when you were with the basin model?
From August 1947 until November 1949, I reviewed and analyzed data (hydraulic,
topographic, and hydrographic) for designs of proposed testing programs and
operating techniques. I also determined the ranges of automatic instruments developed
especially for the MBM for specific model locations. Later I reviewed and analyzed test data
from the MBM for compliance with objectives of the testing programs, model-operating
techniques, accuracy of model data, and applicability of model data to the prototype.Along
with work on the
I also was in charge of several research projects--the effects of
model distortion of hydraulic elements; flexible roughness for tidal models, optimum spacing
of roughness elements in models, etc. Also, I taught several courses in fluid mechanics for
the WES staff.
Did you work with Joe Tiffany?