Physical modeling studies to evaluate performance of New Orleans levees during hurricanes

I. Sasanakul, Tarek Abdoun, M. Sharp

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    Abstract

    Physical modeling was performed to investigate the performance of New Orleans levees during Hurricane Katrina. Centrifuge models of the levees and floodwalls on the London Ave Canal and the 17th Street Canal are presented in this paper. The focus of this paper is to present the techniques used to model the New Orleans levees and simulate the flood event during the hurricane. The centrifuge model tests identified the importance of crack formation in relation to the stability of the floodwall. Findings from this study are extremely valuable, as they provide detailed insight into the mechanisms that led to the failure of the levees.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationPhysical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010
    Pages1195-1200
    Number of pages6
    Volume2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
    Event7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010 - Zurich, Switzerland
    Duration: Jun 28 2010Jul 1 2010

    Other

    Other7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010
    CountrySwitzerland
    CityZurich
    Period6/28/107/1/10

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Sasanakul, I., Abdoun, T., & Sharp, M. (2010). Physical modeling studies to evaluate performance of New Orleans levees during hurricanes. In Physical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010 (Vol. 2, pp. 1195-1200)