Prototype Studies of Corps of Engineers Structures Experiencing Cavitation Damage

by Ellis Dale Hart, US Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


A number of Corps of Engineers structures have sustained damage caused by the occurrence of cavitation. The damage has varied from slight pitting to severe erosion. The damage has occurred in every component of the water conveyance system of the structures. The Waterways Experiment Station (WES) has conducted field measurements at several sites following repairs to cavitation damaged areas. Three of the studies, including findings and corrective measures taken are discussed.

Subject Headings: Damage (structural) | Hydraulic structures | Structural systems | Waterways | Cavitation | Erosion | Dams | Valves

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