Valuable Design Insights Derived from Construction and Operation of Kinzua Dam

by Robert W. Schmitt, US Army Engineer District, Pittsburgh, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


A number of design alternatives have surfaced during more than 17 years of operating experience at Kinzua Dam which should be useful in the design, construction, and operation of other hydraulic structures. Features that have caused problems; namely, sluice positioning, patterns of gate operations, powerhouse siting, downstream channel treatment, location of intake-bulkhead slots, fish protection during normal operation and repairs, and selection of materials for stilling basin rehabilitation are discussed and recommendations are made.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Infrastructure construction | Dams | Power plants | Water intakes | Gates (hydraulic) | Fish management | Rivers and streams

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