American Society of Civil Engineers

Numerical Analysis of the Hydraulic Downpull on Vertical Lift Gates

by José Carlos C. Amorim, (Associate Professor, Military Institute of Engineering, IME-DE/2, Praca General Tiburcio, 80, 22290-270 Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil) and Jell Lima de Andrade, (Senior Engineer, ALSTOM Energia, Av. Charles Schneider s/n, 12040-001 Taubate - SP, Brazil)
Section: Gate Evaluation and Investigations, pp. 1-9, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Waterpower ’99: Hydro’s Future: Technology, Markets, and Policy
Abstract: A numerical analysis has been developed for calculating viscous flows controlled by a vertical lift gate and hydrodynamic forces acting on it. The numerical solution is obtained from the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. The numerical technique is based on a finite element method. Turbulence effects are simulated by a k-ε turbulence model. The procedure developed here is applied for a vertical lift gate operating in a CESP installation, and the results are compared with available experimental data at various opening positions. Good agreement is obtained for the velocity and pressure distributions.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Numerical analysis
Flow control