Lecture05 - Levee on Mississippi Dike in Netherlands David...

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Fluids Statics: Forces Forces due to static fluids important for: Dams Levees/dikes Pools Ship hulls Important: Fluid forces rarely sole reason for failures Structures may be degraded
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Dams Grande Dixence, Switzerland 285 m high, 400 million m 3 Hoover Dam 221 m high, 35 billion m 3 Dams used to retain water Hydroelectricity is a clean source of power Reduce impact of drought/flooding cycles www.immergenugstrom.ch
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Levee/Dike Levees/dikes protect against floods Dike protection essential for some cities/ countries (New Orleans/Netherlands)
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Unformatted text preview: Levee on Mississippi Dike in Netherlands David Wolman Dam Failures • Dam failures can be catastrophic • International law prohibits destruction of dams during wars if large civilian casualties likely Teton Dam Failure (1975) Möhne Dam Attack (1943) www.wikipedia.com www.wikipedia.com Levee Failure • Levee breach in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina • Thought to be main reason for high death toll FEMA Levee failure in New Orleans (2005) Pool Failure Flickr.com...
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