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You are here : eLibrary : IAHR World Congress Proceedings : 36th Congress - The Hague (2015) ALL CONTENT : Flood risk management and adaptation : Preliminary assessment of the efficiency of flood walls at various angles of
Preliminary assessment of the efficiency of flood walls at various angles of
Author : MANOUSOS VALYRAKIS(1) & ATHANASIOS ALEXAKIS(1)
ABSTRACT
This study details the design and utilization of a scaled physical model of a novel prototype (rising) floodwall system,
aiming at assessing the capacity of the same model under different implementations (changing the degree of flow
deflection). These experiments are carried out at one of the research flumes in the Water Engineering laboratory of the
University of Glasgow. These involve an experimental routine where the increase of force applied on the floodwall is
measured for different angles of attack (level of deflection of the water from the stream's centerline). At greater degrees of
flow deflection, the effect of super-elevation results in a higher water surface elevation, which if accounted for reduces the
maximum flow that can be routed, without exceeding the floodwall height. These results can be considered upon the
implementation phase of floodwalls: while it may be more economical to have a rapid change to the flow direction, the
maximum flow that can be securely routed through will be decreased and forces on the wall increased (requiring better
support systems). This is of interest when the floodwalls are placed at any arrangement other than parallel to the flow (e.g.
along river bends in meandering channels or at river junctions). Such considerations can lead to site-specific optimal
designs of direct flood defenses with the rising floodwall system, both in terms of product performance as well as cost
efficiency.
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Category : 36th Congress - The Hague (2015) ALL CONTENT
Article : Flood risk management and adaptation
Date Published : 28/08/2015
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