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Development of a universal flood protection tool using the force of the water to protect against floods

Objective

"The flooding of rivers has always been a problem, and thanks to advances in civil engineering humans learnt of methods to keep the river in its bed. In urban areas especially, but in rural areas as well, embankments have been built to keep the river where it belongs. Unfortunately even with embankments flooding occurs as we can see it all over Europe and the World. Due to global warming flooding is becoming more and more common and the water level is getting so high that the presently built embankments cannot cope. At present people use sandbags as the main protection against flooding. The advantage of sandbags is that it is cheap and sand is widely available, but it requires a lot of manpower to fill and place the bags..
The idea of this project would be to design and build a portable dam, which can be placed anywhere quickly, easily and does not require much manpower.
The project would be broken down onto two main sections. The first section includes the mechanical part, which involves the design of the inflatable section. The second section involves the electrical sensor part and wireless communication.
The construction consists of three parts, the floating top section and the inflatable section with a skirt secured by fixing spikes and supporting strings.. The inflatable section is connected to the skirt and secured to the grown with support strings and spikes. As the water level rises it lifts the floating part and the water is let inside the inflatable section. As the inflatable part is filled the strings go tight to support the structure.
To aid the mechanical design, electrical sensors can be introduced. The sensors can be used so INFLATER can monitor itself and the river. INFLATER needs to monitor itself so it can warn if it fails or the water level gets too high It also monitors the river to help predict its behaviour and send warnings to the surrounding areas via wireless communication to help avoid a tragedy."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 33 834
Administrative Contact
Daniel Varga (Mr.)

Participants (8)

BUILDAIR INGENIERIA Y ARQUITECTURA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 216 070
Address
Av Barcelona 40
08970 Sant Joan Despi Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Natalia Alonso
X-TREME HOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 216 054
Address
Smederijstraat 2
4814 DB Breda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dan Vandevoorde (Mr.)
TAUSEC SRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 166 501
Address
Trebisovska 1
040 11 Kosice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Pavlisko (Mr.)
FORDAM GAZDASAGI TANACSADO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 186 503
Address
Keleti Karoly Utca 27
1024 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
George Forbat (Mr.)
2 L'EAU PROTECTION SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 188 855
Address
Keronvel Tregondern
29250 Saint Pol De Leaon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stéphane Quéméneur (Mr.)
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 49 791
Address
Wood Quay Civic Offices
Dublin 8 Dublin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerard O'connell (Mr.)
BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 14 097
Address
Muegyetem Rakpart 3
1111 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tamás Huszák (Mr.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 28 195
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Torrisi (Mrs.)