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Scour Analysis for Genesee River Fast Ferry

To assess the potential scour velocities generated by the fast ferry maneuvering within the Genesee River channel, several different evaluations of both natural background river flows and jet-induced bottom velocities were used to determine scour protection needs. First, the ambient river conditions were reviewed to indicate whether flood velocities within the river channel were around the same order of magnitude as those generated by the fast ferry jets. In addition, an analysis of various bottom currents generated by the ferry jets during typical forward motion, as well as during maneuvering operations where the jet thrust is partially deflected downward, was performed. Based on the series of engineering calculations, suggested bottom velocities to be utilized in scour protection design were provided.

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