CFD is a powerful tool for improving the operation and maintenance of existing dam and spillway structures. A common application for FLOW-3D is to confirm the hydraulic performance of spillway designs, helping engineers meet dam safety requirements.
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FLOW-3D spillway analysis.
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Studies by Manitoba Hydro indicated that lateral contraction effects in the three-gated sluiceway at its Wuskwatim hydroelectric project in northern Manitoba could be substantially reduced if minor design changes were made. As a result, an approximate 5% increase in spillway capacity at the design head was realized. This allowed designers to raise the spillway invert and reduce overall construction costs.
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