State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project Id: 2010KY149B
Title: Flood impact due to dam failure: an assessment of current studies and the appropriateness of the methodologies applied to the Dix Dam
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: KY Sixth
Focus Categories: Floods, Models, Water Supply
Keywords: hydraulics, computer simulations, dam failure
Principal Investigator: Yost, Scott
Federal Funds: $ 4,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 9,116
Abstract: The project will investigate the applicability, limitations, assumptions, and required information needed for dam failure simulations. The project is oriented towards determining whether or not a 1-dimensional simulation can provide adequate accuracy or if a 2-dimensional model is needed to provide more reliable results. Analyses using 1-dimensional HEC-RAS will be assessed and compared with analyses completed utilizing a state of the art 2-dimensional simulation model (BreZo 4.0). This study will focus on modeling potential downstream flooding impacts along the Kentucky River if the Dix Dam was to fail.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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