San Antonio River Tunnel Inlet Physical Model Development and Study

John R. Thene, Christopher A. Richard, John S. Gulliver

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Abstract

In October 1998, the San Antonio River Tunnel project experienced its largest flood to date. During that event the Removable Splitter Wall (RSW) vortex suppression device was damaged: The lower two panels apparently vibrated and broke due to fatigue. The RSW was comprised of nine 25-ft long, by 6-ft high and I1-in thick panels. Each panel was constructed of reinforced concrete with a C-channel framing the each edge. According to Corps of Engineers staff, structural engineers have determined that the failures, each at approximately the third points, were characteristic of a fatigue failure (Photo 1). From Photo 2 of the panels being lifted from the inlet shaft, the panels broke approximately 9 feet from the downstream end. The points of failure were also reported to coincide with the lifting holes for the panels.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 2001

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