Inflatable Dam Regulates River Level

by Robert A. Gunnerson, Structural Engr.; Public Service Company of Colorado, Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 2, Pg. 83-83

Document Type: Feature article


Inflatable dams are economically feasible for maintaining a required constant water elevation on rivers and streams where flooding poses problems. Puncture resistant material, inflated with water, was used by the Public Service Company of Colorado to pool water for cooling purposes in one of their powerplants. When deflated during times of high runoff, the material lays flat on top of a concrete slab in the river bottom presenting no barrier to debris.

Subject Headings: Dams | Rivers and streams | Hydro power | Economic factors | Water management | Public services | Cooling (wastewater treatment) | Temperature effects | Colorado | United States

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