Rough bed channels are one of the appurtenances used to dissipate the extra energy of the flow through hydraulic jump. The aim of this paper is to assess the effects of channel geometry and rough boundary conditions (i.e., rectangular, trapezoidal, and expanding channels with different rough elements) in predicting the hydraulic jump energy dissipation using support vector machine (SVM) as a meta-model approach. Using different experimental data series, different models were developed with and without considering dimensional analysis. The results approved capability of the SVM model in predicting the relative energy dissipation. It was found that the developed models for expanding channel with central sill performed more successfully and, for this case, superior performance was obtained for the model with parameters Fr1 and h1/B. Considering the rectangular and trapezoidal channels, the model with parameters Fr1, (h2h1)/h1, W/Z led to better predictions. It was observed that between two types of strip and staggered rough elements, strip type led to more accurate results. The obtained results showed that the developed models for the case of simulation based on dimensional analysis yielded better predictions. The sensitivity analysis results showed that Froude number had the most significant impact on the modeling.

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