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SCE Fluids Lab: Spillway Model

In the SCE Fluids Lab, Dr. Jerry Richardson and graduate student Jonathan Daldalian have contracted with Water Resources Solutions to assist in the building of the Woodson County Fishing Lake spillway model. In 2016 severe rainfall failed the spillway of this reservoir. This is similar (but smaller) to what happened with the Oroville Dam in California last spring. Dr. Richardson and Jonathan were able to model the spillway failure and propose and test a redesigned spillway using a physical model combined with advanced 3-dimensional CFD modeling. Their redesigned model is scheduled to be implemented by April before the next flood season.