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) Mhne 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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