Gate Design Optimization and Composite Gate Lab Scale Testing
Reclamation has been using the same design techniques for gate design for more than 60 years. Building scale gate models and performing scale load and hydraulic testing in the lab will allow for improved gate design and reduce cost for gate fabrication and gate installation.
Need and Benefit
This opportunity can be used to build gates made of composite materials and perform similar testing for comparison purposes. Composite gates offer benefits of reduced fabrication costs and potentially increased service lives, but mechanical and lifecycle properties of composite gates need to be understood prior to field installations. Work would involve collaboration with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center.
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