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Concerted action on dambreak modelling

Objective



Flooding following the breaching of a dam is an important risk for many isolated communities and centres of population in Europe. Fortunately such catastrophic events are rare but the unexpected nature of the event can add to the human impact of the disaster. In the past, dam failures worldwide have led to many casualties and huge economic damages. Despite the improvement in construction techniques and safety measures, the increase in the total number of active dams around the world, together with the ageing of existing structures create a permanent threat of bodily and property damage and loss in industrialised, developing and third world countries.

Before reaching the required levels of certainty and accuracy for dam break modelling, a considerable amount of validation work must be done by the research community as well as by the practising engineers. Calibration and comparison of different computing tools as well as critical evaluation of the usefulness of the output produced can only be accomplished by a multinational team of researchers and engineers, both with the aim of work sharing and independent check of the results.

The overall aims of the Concerted Action may be summarised as being:
A1. to exchange information between participants, i.e. universities and industrial companies;

A2. to promote the comparison of numerical dam-break models with analytical, experimental and field data;

A3. to promote the comparison and validation of software packages developed or used by the participants;

A4. to define and promote co-operative research.

The Concerted Action will consist of four meetings over a period of two years. A Steering Group will be responsible for the delivery of the outputs from the Concerted Action.

The main outputs of this Concerted Action will be:

i To establish the needs of industry and create a network of European experts in this field
ii To disseminate findings through:
a The publication of meeting papers
b Publication of guidelines / current best practice for dam-break assessment
iii To create a portfolio of test cases for dam-break software
iv To determine future RTD requirements linked with industry needs

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

H R Wallingford Group Ltd
Address
Howberry Park
OX10 8BA Wallingford
United Kingdom

Participants (20)

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
France
Address
3 Bis,quai Chauveau 3 Bis
69336 Lyon
ENEL SPA
Italy
Address
Via Pozzobonelli 6
20162 Milano
FOUNDATION FOR TECHNICAL AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AT THE NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Norway
Address
153,Rich. Birkelandsvei 3
7465 Trondheim
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rouen
France
Address
Place Emile Blondel
76131 Mont-saint-aignan
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil
Portugal
Address
101,Avenida Do Brasil
1799 Lisboa
Politechnika Gdanska
Poland
Address
11-12,Narutowicza
80 952 Gdansk-wrzeszcz
The Manchester Metropolitan University
United Kingdom
Address
Chester Street
M15 6BH Manchester
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
Address
3,Maria De Luna 3
50015 Zaragoza
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Loredan 20
35131 Padova
UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Italy
Address
Via Santa Marta 3
50139 Firenze
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
UNIVERSITY OF THE FEDERAL ARMED FORCES MUNICH
Germany
Address
Werner-heisenberg-weg 39
85577 Neubiberg
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
Address
Via Mesiano Di Povo 77
38100 Trento
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Spain
Address

15706 Santiago De Compostela
Université Catholique de Louvain
Belgium
Address
1,Place Du Levant 1
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Belgium
Address
164,Rue De L'abattoir
6200 Chatelet
Université de Bordeaux I
France
Address
351,Cours De La Libération
33405 Talence
Université de Liège
Belgium
Address
6,Quai Banning
4000 Liège
Vattenfall Utveckling AB
Sweden
Address

810 70 Aelvkarleby
Électricité de France (EDF)
France
Address
6 Quai Watier
78401 Chatou