Diverging overland flow. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated diverging overland flow utilizing kinematic wave theory, which does not appear to have been dealt with previously. Explicit analytical solutions are derived in dimensionless form for space-time invariant rainfall. Analytical solutions do not seem to be tractable for time-varying rainfall. Depending upon the duration of rainfall, equilibrium and partial equilibrium cases are distinguished explicitly. The effect of divergence parameter on the hydrograph shape is shown. The adequacy of kinematic approximation for characterization of diverging overland flow is tested against laboratory watershed results. The diverging overland flow model is found to yield results which compare well with observations and with those of a plane model. (A)

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Singh, V. P., & Agiralioglu, N.

complete list of authors

  • Singh, VP||Agiralioglu, N

publication date

  • January 1981