Pressure Relief

by Kenneth Larsson, P.E., Senior Project Manager; Office of TAMS Consultants, an Earth Tech Company, Bloomfield, NJ,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2003, Vol. 73, Issue 2, Pg. 70-77

Document Type: Feature article


When the two basins making up a 90 acre reservoir in New York needed to be emptied and cleaned, engineers decided to use the 2,750 ft (840 m) long concrete wall dividing them as a dam. Hydrostatic pressure beneath the wall that could have destabilized it was relieved with hundreds of dewatering wells

Subject Headings: Walls | Concrete dams | Wells (water) | Reservoirs | Hydrostatics | Hydrostatic pressure | Dewatering

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