Doctoral Dissertations


"The EPA Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) was used to perform single event simulations of Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) level rainfall events on the Loss Lake watershed in southcentral Missouri. Overland flow was simulated using kinematic wave routing and channel flow was simulated using dynamic wave routing.

Lag time was defined as the time between the centroid of the excess rainfall hyetograph and the centroid of the direct runoff hydrograph.

Rainfall depth, rainfall duration, and the distribution of rainfall intensity were found to be significant predictor variables for lag time. Defined as hydrologic parameters for this study, channel flow roughness, initial abstraction and infiltration were evaluated but found to have minimal effect on lag time. Overland flow roughness bad a measurable effect on basin lag time but not as significant as precipitation.

SWMM simulated lag times were compared to the lag times computed by the Kirpich, Kerby-Hathaway, Soil Conservation Service (SCS) Lag, and SCS Velocity methods. The results of the study indicate that the traditional approach of combining the overland and channel flow lag times from the Kerby-Hathaway and Kirpich equations underestimates basin lag time for rainfall events smaller than the 100 percent PMP event.

A regression analysis performed on the 6-hour and 12-hour SWMM simulated lag times indicated that overland flow length and slope, channel length and slope, precipitation and the shape of the drainage area all affect basin lag time. Two multivariate power series regression equations were derived to predict basin lag time for 6-hour and 12-hour duration events"--Abstract, pages ii-iii.


Westphal, Jerome A.

Committee Member(s)

Stevens, Glendon Taylor, 1927-
Morris, Charles Darwin
Stephenson, Richard Wesley
Babcock, Daniel L.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Civil Engineering


Missouri Department of Natural Resources


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 1989


xii, 236 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-186).


© 1989 Brian Jay Swenty, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 5876

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