Special Issue "Sustainable Hydraulic Structures: Design, Monitoring, and Management"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Architectural Design, Urban Science, and Real Estate".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2023) | Viewed by 8552
Interests: renewable energy; hydropower impacts; water management; ecohydrology; ecohydraulic; river restoration; climate change
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2. Department of Highway and Bridge Engineering, Technical Engineering College, Erbil Polytechnic University, Erbil 44001, Iraq
Interests: environmental impact; materials science; life cycle assessment; geopolymer concrete; green concrete; Alkali-activated materials; supplementary cementitious materials; construction and demolition waste; Sustainable concrete and mortar; Costs (economy); multi-criteria analysis; optimization
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The design of safe and sustainable structures and their installations is a crucial issue in hydraulic engineering. Hydraulic structures are artificial waterworks interacting with the rainfall run-off to store and convey water or to mitigate run-off impact. Typically, the design of a hydraulic structure requires knowing how much water is associated with the design discharge and calculating the velocity, depth, and hydraulic regime that must be accounted for in the design process. Current approaches in hydraulic structure design tend to still be conservative, not differing much from ancient designs. Modern structures are often designed based upon simplistic concepts to optimize their performances and lifecycle environmental and economic impact.
In many cases, hydraulic structures such as dams, spillways, weirs, culverts, and canals fail to fulfill the purpose for what they were built and/or induce substantial environmental impacts due to the large amounts of construction materials used, landscape destruction, and in the way how those structures operate, such as being non-friendly for the ecosystem, e.g., for fishes. Lack of continuous monitoring and weak management practices make those structures even less effective and sustainable. However, today’s hydraulic engineers must embrace several new challenges and environmental requirements, emerging in response to the quickly growing world population, climate change, conservation of the landscape aquatic ecosystems, evolving agriculture, and growing industrial needs.
Therefore, in a broad view, this SI aims to bring original studies and comprehensive review regarding the eco-friendly design concepts, type of construction materials used for the construction, and best practices regarding monitoring and management of hydraulic structures. In particular, the following topics are of high interest for this SI:
- Upstream and downstream fish passage at dams and Run-of-River hydropower plants;
- Upstream and downstream fish passage at road culverts;
- Drainage systems;
- Stormwater convey systems;
- Flood control structures;
- Self-aeration at hydraulic structures;
- Transient turbulence in canals and conveyance structures;
- Life cycle environmental and economic impact of construction materials for hydraulic structures;
- Monitoring of hydraulic structures;
- Management of hydraulic structures.
Dr. Alban Kuriqi
Dr. Rawaz Kurda
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- hydraulic structures
- risk assessment
- hydraulic structures failure
- sustainable materials
- eco-friendly hydraulic structures
- life cycle assessment