# Trapezoidal Notch

Discharge over a Trapezoidal Notch

## Overview

A trapezoidal notch is a combination of a rectangular notch and two triangular notches as shown in figure. It is, thus obvious that the discharge over such a notch will be the sum of the discharge over the rectangular and triangular notches. Consider a trapezoidal notch*ABCD*as shown in figure. For the purpose of analysis, split up the notch into a rectangular notch

*BCFE*and two triangular notches

*ABE*and

*DCF*. The discharge over these two triangular notches is equivalent to the discharge over a single triangular notch of angle θ. Let,

- = Height of the liquid above the sill of the notch
- = Coefficient of discharge for the rectangular portion
- = Coefficient of discharge for the triangular portion
- = Breadth of the rectangular portion of the notch
- = Angle, which the sides make with the vertical

Example:

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##### Example - Discharge over the trapezoidal notch

Problem

A trapezoidal notch notch of 1.2m wide at the top and 450mm at the bottom is 300mm high. Find the discharge through the notch, if the head of water is 225mm. Take coefficient of discharge as 0.6.

Workings

Given,

- Width of the notch = 1.2m
- b = 450mm = 0.45m
- Height of the notch = 300mm = 0.3m
- H = 225mm = 0.225m
- C
_{d}= 0.6

Solution

Discharge through the notch = 128 liters/s