Spillway Modeling with Dr. Jerry Richardson

In the SCE Fluids Lab, Dr. Jerry Richardson and graduate student, Jonathan Daldalian, contracted with Water Resources Solutions to build the Woodson County Fishing Lake Spillway Model.

In 2016, severe rainfall failed the spillway of this reservoir. This is similar, however somewhat smaller, to what happened with the Oroville Dam in California last spring. Dr. Richardson and Jonathan were able to model the spillway failure. They proposed and tested 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.

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